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Henry And Taylor Set Up Second Win For New Zealand

The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand team kept the winning momentum high with the two-wicket win over Bangladesh in their second World Cup 2019 match at The Oval. Kiwi fast bowler Matt Henry bowled a fabulous spell in the first innings to pick an impressive four-wicket haul in bundling out Bangladesh for a pretty modest total. In the second innings, Ross Taylor batted really well to set up the foundations of an easy win but the matters got suddenly tensed as Kiwis lost some quick wickets. However, eventually Mitchell Santner showed great temperament in the end and guided New Zealand towards a remarkable win.

Henry’s excellent four-fer rattles Bangladesh for 244

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the two Bangladeshi openers, Soumya Sarkar and Tamim Iqbal got their team off to a decent start adding 46 runs for the first wicket partnership. However, both of them failed to convert their respective starts and got dismissed within quick time. The duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim then continued their great form from the previous game and stitched a half-century stand. Rahim got involved in a mix-up and as a result, he got run-out in the 24th over leaving the Tigers in a spot of bother at 110 for 3.

However, Shakib kept batting on the other hand in a great touch, compiling an impressive innings of 64 runs off 68 balls that consisted of seven boundaries. He got dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme in the 31st over and after his wicket, the Tigers kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Kiwi fast bowler Matt Henry picked up a brilliant four-wicket haul to bundle out Bangladesh for a total of 244 runs in 49.2 overs. Trent Boult also bowled well to claim two scalps.

Taylor strokes a half-century, Santner takes the Kiwis home

Just like their opponents, New Zealand got off to a disappointing start as well because Martin Guptill got dismissed with 35 runs on the scoreboard. He got out for a 14-ball 25 off a delivery bowled by Shakib Al Hasan. The other opening batsman, Colin Munro also got out pretty quickly, leaving behind the Kiwis in a troublesome situation at 55 for 2. After the fall of these two quick wickets, the duo comprising of skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor joined hands to resurrect the inning and take the chase further.

The experienced batsmen constructed a remarkable partnership of 105 runs to help New Zealand attain a commanding position in the run-chase. Taylor played the role of an aggressor in that partnership, bringing up a half-century in just 40 balls. The Bangladesh spin duo of Shakib and Mehidy Hasan then helped their team seize out a slight opening as they removed Williamson and Tom Latham in quick time.

New Zealand got reduced to in a spot of bother as Taylor also got out for a well-made 91-ball 82. The matters got worse as the duo of James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme got dismissed as well. Mitchell Santner then contributed with a vital 12-ball 17 not out to help New Zealand reach the target in 47.1 overs. The Bangladeshi bowlers showed a great fight in defending a pretty modest total.

Brief Scores

Bangladesh: 244/10 in 49.2 overs (Shakib Al Hasan-64; Matt Henry 4/47, Trent Boult 2/44)

New Zealand: 248/8 in 47.1 overs (Ross Taylor-82, Kane Williamson-40; Mossadek Hossain 2/33, Mehidy Hasan 2/47)

Result: New Zealand won the match by 2 wickets.