New Zealand continued their winning streak with a 75-run win over Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens on Saturday. Chasing a target of 146, the Bangladeshi batting lineup fell apart like a house of cards and were eventually dismissed for 70 runs, as Grant Elliot and Ish Sodhi took three wickets each.
Defending a moderate total of 145, New Zealand opted to hand the new ball over to Nathan McCullum. He and Corey Anderson conceded just two runs in the opening 11 balls of the Bangladeshi innings, and this indirectly lead to a wicket in the last ball of the second over. A mix-up between Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad
Sabbir Rahman and Mohammad Mithun took a cautious approach after the first wicket and the duo managed a 25-run partnership for the second wicket - and the fact that this was the biggest partnership in the Bangladeshi innings, told a story of its own. However, Shakib and co. found it hard to deal with the New Zealand spinners and lost wickets at regular wickets.
From 29/1 in 5.3 overs, Bangladesh went to 48/7 in 12. Sodhi and Elliot spun
Kane Williamson won his fourth toss in a row - a drastic change in the fortunes which the Black Caps encountered under Brendon McCullum – and opted to bat first on a surface which was expected to assist the spinners. New Zealand made two changes to their lineup with Nathan McCullum replacing Adam Milne and Henry Nicholls coming in for Martin Guptill, who was rested for this game.
Bangladesh, who came into the game on the back of a heartbreaking defeat against India in their last match, went in with an unchanged lineup.
Kane Williamson got off to a quick start, as he took over the aggressive mantle in Guptill's absence. In the last two deliveries of the first over, Williamson hit Mashrafe Mortaza for two delightful boundaries through the cover, and there was nothing much the bowler could do, other than to appreciate it.
Shakib Al Hasan replaced Mortaza with Mustafizur in the third over, and the change immediately brought rewards for Bangladesh. A slow off-cutter from the bowler went through the gap between the bat and the pad of Nicholls and dismantled his stumps. However, the wicket did not slow down Williamson, who took on Shakib in the next over, hitting him for a boundary and a six in the fifth over.
Bangladesh did pull things back after the
At the end of the ninth over, New Zealand were 57/2 and in desperate need of some momentum. Colin Munro, who was promoted up the order, provided some hefty
The Black Caps kept