ICC World Cup 2023: New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 8 wickets

Captain Kane Williamson scores 78 before retiring hurt

By Team KT & AFP

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Kane Williamson. — PTI
Kane Williamson. — PTI

Published: Fri 13 Oct 2023, 9:41 PM

New Zealand maintained their overall dominance over Bangladesh in ODI cricket when recording a comfortable eight-wicket victory in match 11 of the ICC World Cup on Friday.

Chasing a target of 245, the Black Caps got home losing just two wickets. It was their 31st win over Bangladesh in the 50-over format in 42 matches.

Daryl Mitchell took them home as he finished unbeaten on 89 off just 67 deliveries. Captain Kane Williamson scored 78 before retiring hurt.

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim hit a fine half century to lead Bangladesh to 245-9 as veteran Black Caps fast bowler Trent Boult claimed a 200th one-day international wicket.

Mushfiqur made 66 off 75 balls with six fours and two sixes, taking his number of fifties in the format to 48 having also hit a half-century against England in the tournament three days ago.

The 36-year-old, playing in his 259th ODI, shared a crucial 96-run fourth wicket partnership with skipper Shakib Al Hasan (40) to help their team recover from 56-4.

Mushfiqur was eventually clean-bowled by Matt Henry as he attempted to pick up the scoring rate after Shakib had perished, caught by wicketkeeper Tom Latham off Lockie Ferguson after top-edging an attempted pull shot.

Shakib ended his innings suffering from cramps in the sweltering heat and batting without a helmet or cap against the spinners.

Mushfiqur's brother-in-law Mahmudullah, batting at number eight, added a valuable undefeated 41.

Boult, meanwhile, became the sixth New Zealand player to take 200 ODI wickets.

The 34-year-old reached the personal landmark when he dismissed Towhid Hridoy, caught at extra cover by Mitchell Santner for 13, in the 38th over.

Playing in his 107th ODI, Boult also dismissed opener Liton Das off the first ball of the match.

Liton was celebrating his 29th birthday but any hopes of a big score to mark the occasion were shattered when he shuffled down the wicket to confront Boult only to sky the ball to a grateful Henry who pocketed the chance at fine leg.

Captain Kane Williamson returned to action after missing New Zealand's first two wins over defending champions England and the Netherlands as he recovered from a knee injury.

Bangladesh opened their World Cup campaign with victory over Afghanistan before losing to England.

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