Player of the Match
Player of the Match

6.20 pm What a compelling performance from New Zealand. They had played their first three Super 10s matches at three different venues and had read all those conditions perfectly. They came to Kolkata and did it again, to go into the semi-finals with a clean sheet. Nothing captured New Zealand's assessment of what a good score on this pitch was better than Colin Munro shelving his attacking game and plodding along.

Kane Williamson is the Player of the Match for his 42 off 32 balls, which on this surface was gold. "It was pretty tough, it spun and kept low, batting in the first six was nice but it got a lot tougher," he says. "I think it was a good batting effort all around. Guys came in and played good cameos. It's very tough, going into each game it's important to read the wicket and opposition as best you can and pick the best team accordingly."

So New Zealand go into the semis with four wins, and Bangladesh go home with four defeats. It's been a gut wrenching campaign for them. First they lost Taskin and Sunny to bans for illegal actions, and then that defeat to India ...

Mashrafe Mortaza: "It was very tough but we can take some positives, like Mustafizur's five-for today. He is very difficult to gauge and our batters also struggle in the nets. Hopefully he will go on for at least ten more years."

Williamson: "Mustafizur is brilliant, especially on these wickets, his very good slower ball is responsive on such wickets and he bowled very well today. ... We have done a lot of travel but the boys have been great and have embraced the schedule and the pitches ... We knew today was going to be a scrap and it was ... The bowling was clinical again."

That brings us to the end of the commentary for this game. Thank you for all your emails, and thank you for reading. Cheers.

Sodhi to Al-Amin Hossain, OUT, bowled him! That's the tenth batsman bowled today and New Zealand have crushed Bangladesh by 75 runs! Sodhi spun the googly past Al-Amin's swipe to end it

Al-Amin Hossain b Sodhi 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Sodhi to Shuvagata Hom, 1 run, slaps the shorter ball to deep cover for a single
Sodhi to Shuvagata Hom, FOUR runs, steps out of his crease and drills the ball along the ground to the cover boundary
Sodhi to Shuvagata Hom, no run, played off the back foot towards point

15 | 7 Runs 2 Wkts | BDESH: 65/9 (81 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.33, RRR: 16.20)

  • Al-Amin Hossain0 (1b)
  • Shuvagata Hom11 (14b)
  • Grant Elliott4-0-12-3
  • Ish Sodhi3-0-16-2
Elliott to Al-Amin Hossain, no run, good length on middle and off, defended on the off side
Elliott to Mustafizur Rahman, OUT, six and out! The Fizz nicks one through to Ronchi, who was standing up to the stumps. It was another slow ball outside off and he poked at it

Mustafizur Rahman c †Ronchi b Elliott 6 (1m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Elliott to Mustafizur Rahman, SIX runs, The Fizz has fizz in his batting too! Gets on the front foot and hammers the slow one far over long on, great strike
Elliott to Mustafizur Rahman, no run, moves back and defends on the leg side

The Fizz is the new batsman.

Elliott to Mashrafe Mortaza, OUT, lbw! Elliott's super slow balls have struck again. Wicket to wicket line and Mashrafe missed while trying to play towards the leg side. Was that going down leg though? I'll have to see replays. It is missing leg, by a long way. It was the offcutter from Elliott.

Mashrafe Mortaza lbw b Elliott 3 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Elliott to Shuvagata Hom, 1 run, played off the pads through square leg for a single

14 | 8 Runs | BDESH: 58/7 (88 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.14, RRR: 14.66)

  • Shuvagata Hom10 (13b)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza3 (4b)
  • Ish Sodhi3-0-16-2
  • Grant Elliott3-0-5-1
Sodhi to Shuvagata Hom, 1 run, driven through the covers for a single
Sodhi to Shuvagata Hom, FOUR runs, has Ronchi missed the catch and the stumping?! After all those legbreaks, Sodhi slips in the googly, the batsman had charged and swung and got a thin inside edge that took the ball past Ronchi's gloves. A tough chance
Sodhi to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, a full toss, hit to long on for a single
Sodhi to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, another legbreak, shorter length outside off, played with the turn into the covers
Sodhi to Shuvagata Hom, 1 run, shorter legbreak outside off again, the batsman goes back and hits it in front of point
Sodhi to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, the legbreak is a long hop and the batsman pulls flat and hard but can't beat Nicholls on the square leg boundary

13 | 2 Runs | BDESH: 50/7 (96 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 3.84, RRR: 13.71)

  • Shuvagata Hom4 (10b)
  • Mashrafe Mortaza1 (1b)
  • Grant Elliott3-0-5-1
  • Ish Sodhi2-0-8-2
Elliott to Shuvagata Hom, no run, turned off the pads but to the man at short fine leg
Elliott to Shuvagata Hom, no run, good length on off stump and very, very slow. The batsman stays in his crease and blocks
Elliott to Shuvagata Hom, no run, played off the front foot to midwicket
Elliott to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, pushed from the crease behind point for a single
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Lowest ever


Ban's total today - their lowest total in T20Is. Their previous lowest total was also against NZ - 78 in Hamilton in 2010. This is the lowest by any team vs NZ as well.



Previous instances of Bangladesh losing 7 wickets for 50 or fewer runs on the board. They lost their 7th wicket at score of 48 in this match.

Third 5-for vs NZ


No. of five-wicket hauls against New NZ in T20Is - most against any team. Herath (5 for 3) and Gul (5 for 6) took five-fors before Mustafizur's 5 for 22 this match.

Striking Mustafizur


No. of T20Is out of last five, where Mustafizur Rahman has taken at least two wickets, including today.

Without Guptill-Williamson


Ave opening p'ship for NZ in last ten T20Is where Guptill & Williamson were not opening together, including today. Guptill-Williamson average 75.11 in their last ten.

NZ's batting prowess v Ban


Average runs per wicket for NZ in the previous 3 T20Is against Ban, which is the best for a team against another team playing more than one T20I.