Shakib is back, gets rid of McCullum and Williamson
Nirapad News : Shakib Al Hasan may not have shined in line with expectations with the bat today, but he does so with the ball getting rid of dangermen Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson.
Bangladesh started proceedings with spin in New Zealand’s chase of a competitive 288. Though the Kiwis started on a high, McCullum and Williamson were soon dismissed.
Earlier, riding on the consecutive century of Mahmudullah Riyadh in the World Cup, Bangladesh posted a challenging 288 against hosts and heavyweight contender New Zealand.
For Mahmudullah and Bangladesh, the promotion up the batting order seems to have worked and he was able to make a steady platform to build against a competitive side.
After being put to bat first at Hamilton this morning, Trent Boult struck double for the Kiwis getting rid of openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes early amid a slow start.
Soumya Sarkar struck his maiden fifty and steadied the helm with Mahmudullah with a 90-run crucial partnership to steer Bangladesh to steady before he gave away his wicket.
The Tigers have filled in Shakib Al Hasan to marshal Tigers in this match in place of Mashrafe Mortaza, who has been rested because of a sore throat. New Zealand on the other hand took in fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan in place of Adam Milne.
Both teams are through to the quarterfinals of this tournament with hosts New Zealand sitting right on top of Pool A chart and Bangladesh at number four.