Bangladesh look to Shakib to tame New Zealand

Bangladesh look to Shakib to tame New Zealand

Bangladesh look to Shakib to tame New Zealand

Latham predicted a tough contest against Bangladesh, who beat South Africa in their first match of the tournament to get off to a flying start.

With Williamson accumulating steadily and Taylor reaching 50 off 40 balls, Bangladesh's chance looked to have gone.

Ross Taylor tried to take a single after hitting Shakib Al Hasan to Tamim Iqbal at mid-on but when Tamim threw the ball back to Mushfiqur, Williamson was struggling to make his ground. From the 38th over, 34 balls consecutive balls went by without finding the rope, before Boult and Henry returned to wrap up the tail and leave Bangladesh probably 30 runs short of a truly competitive total.

The Kiwis have a formidable pace attack and the weather in England is much akin to the weather in New Zealand.

Still it wasn't game over.

Williamson and Taylor added 105 to put New Zealand in a dominant position before Williamson was caught at deep mid-wicket by Mosaddek Hossain off Mehedi Hasan.

Taylor, however, is still bent on taking on Shakib.

"You don't know but we do [selection] and we are the only ones that need to know", McMillan told 1 NEWS.

Matt Henry was bowled by Mohammad Saifuddin with seven required but Lockie Ferguson edged for four and Mitchell Santner (17 not out) drove to the boundary to guide his side home with 17 balls to spare.

Twitter erupted after Mushfiqur's miss and they were not kind to the Bangladesh cricketer.

The target was still comfortably within range, but De Grandhomme (15) and Jimmy Neesham (25) also fell as the tension mounted.

Had the New Zealand bowlers not done such a fine restricting job, Bangladesh would likely have completed a superb fightback. Their victory against South Africa amply proves this point, and New Zealand can take them lightly at their peril. The match will start at 6 PM IST today.

His new ball partner Trent Boult (2-44) wasn't bad either, and in his 81st ODI snared his 150th wicket to become the second-quickest to the mark behind Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq. The bowlers bowled well enough to keep us under par - we thought 270 or 280 would have been a good score and we kept losing wickets at crucial times.

In a repeat of Cardiff, it was the Black Caps bowlers who put them in a dominant position, after Kane Williamson won the toss and made a decision to insert Bangladesh.

On 19 he pushed and attempted a ridiculous run, and was stranded by slick work from Guptill and Latham who made no mistake.

The big one was topscorer Shakib (64 off 68) when he tried to cut one too close and was well gloved by Latham standing up.

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