Rain delays crucial Group A match between NZ-Bangladesh

Rain delays crucial Group A match between NZ-Bangladesh

Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102 not out) set a new Bangladesh record in one-day cricket as their fifth-wicket partnership of 224 eliminated New Zealand.

A six over the leg side brought up Shakib's ton, and he motored Bangladesh towards the finish line with successive fours before Boult bowled him.

Tamim perished lbw - wasting the Tigers' review - before Sabbir Rahman (8) and Soumya Sarkar (3) were undone by Southee and Mushfiqur Rahim (14) was clean bowled by Adam Milne (1-58) to leave Bangladesh floundering. A wash-out would confirm their elimination, whereas Bangladesh could still qualify on net run-rate if England beat Australia by a greater margin than they managed against Bangladesh in the tournament opener at The Oval.

Defeat ended New Zealand's hopes of reaching the last four and meant that for the first time in 25 International Cricket Council tournaments (World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy), they had taken part without recording a single win.

Bangladesh opted for an extra bowler in pacer Taskin Ahmed, and included Mosaddek Hossain.

Ross Taylor salutes after scoring 50.

His wicket - needlessly run out at the non-striker's end - halted New Zealand's momentum and, when Ross Taylor was caught out by a brilliant bit of slow bowling from Taskin for 63, the Black Caps floundered.

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The Kiwis barely saw out their 50 overs, as they lost six wickets for only 64 runs in nearly 12 overs at the end after winning the toss and choosing to bat first.

But, as happened in their no-result washout with Australia and defeat by England, they stumbled once the experienced batsmen were out in quick succession. Twelve years later, in a toe-to-toe battle with New Zealand at the same ground, Bangladesh staged a comeback for the ages, winning by five wickets after being blown away by their pace attack. It was Rubel Hossain who removed the unsafe Martin Guptill for 33 off 35 balls, after trapping him in front with good bowling with one that nipped back off the seam with pace. "From here, we can only go forward".

Mosaddek Hossain then joined Mahmadullah in the middle to see Bangladesh through to victory.

62 Runs added by New Zealand in the last 10 overs of the innings - the least among all teams in this tournament batting all ten overs.

The start of play in the Welsh capital was put back an hour due to a wet outfield after heavy rain on Thursday.

As they took on the run chase both batsmen were under a lot of pressure from the New Zealanders and most fans were waiting for Bangladesh to collapse much like they did against India in their warm-up clash when they were dismissed for 81.

Their most recent meeting with the Blackcaps saw Bangladesh beat New Zealand by five wickets in a warm-up match in Dublin. We just need to tell each other 'Just keep going, just keep batting.' I know what he can do and he knows what I can do.

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