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Clinical Kiwis thrash Bangladesh by 75 runs

New Zealand produced another clinical performance to record a crushing 75-run victory over Bangladesh in their final group game and entered the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 as table toppers here on Saturday.

New Zealand’s win meant Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman’s five-for went in vain at the iconic Eden Gardens. The match was further delayed for 15 minutes because of power failure in one of the four floodlight towers. 

Just after Grant Elliott bowled the 11th over with Bangladesh reeling at 45/6 in their chase of 146, the High Court end towers went off.

The left-arm pacer grabbed a career best 5/22, bowling some unplayable cutters, but New Zealand still managed a competitive 145 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs. However, Bangladesh soon faced the ignominy of being bowled out for their lowest ever total, ending their innings at 70 in 15.4 overs. This was New Zealand’s fourth straight win in the event, ensuring they remained unbeaten in the Super 10 stage.

Bangladesh batsmen put up a horror show after opener Tamim Iqbal (3) was brilliantly run out by Colin Munro in the second over. Their previous lowest of 78 all out, incidentally, was against the same team in Hamilton.

Ish Sodhi (3/21) and Elliott (3/12) dented Bangladesh’s chase as their batsmen showed complete lack of application.Bangladesh will thus return home winless from the sixth edition of the mega event.

Earlier, Mustafizur dismissed openers Henry Nicholls (7) and Kane Williamson (42) and was deadly with his variation. He returned to bowl at the death and completed a fine five-four with two wickets in successive balls.

Despite Mustafizur’s incisive bowling, skipper Mashrafe Mortaza opted for a defensive strategy, and that allowed Williamson and Colin Munro (35) to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Ross Taylor also played a fine cameo of 28 from 24 balls (2x4, 1x6) to take New Zealand to a total which proved enough. Opting to bat, the Kiwis were surpisingly sluggish with their batting display in the absence of Martin Guptill who was rested. 


SCOREBOARD
New Zealand: Nicholls b Mustafizur 7, Williamson b Mustafizur 42, Munro b Al-Amin 35, Taylor c Mithun b Al-Amin 28, Anderson b Mortaza 0, Elliott c Shuvagata b Mustafizur 9, Ronchi n.o. 9, Santner b Mustafizur 3, McCullum b Mustafizur 0, McClenaghan n.o. 6; Extras: (B-4, LB-1, W-1) 6; Total: (20 overs) 145/8; Wickets: 1-25, 2-57, 3-99, 4-100, 5-122, 6-127, 7-139, 8-139; Bowling: Mortaza 3-0-21-1, Shuvagata 3-0-16-0, Shakib 4-0-33-0, Mustafizur 4-0-22-5, Al-Amin 4-0-27-2, Mahmudullah 2-0-21-0.
Bangladesh: Iqbal r.o. 3, Mithun b McClenaghan 11, 
Sabbir c Santner b McCullum 12, Shakib c McCullum b Santner 2, Sarkar st Ronchi b Sodhi 6, Mahmudullah b Sodhi 5, Mushfiqur b Elliott 0, Shuvagata n.o. 16, Mortaza lbw b Elliott 3, Mustafizur c Ronchi b Elliott 6, Al-Amin b Sodhi 0; Extras: (LB-5, W-1) 6; Total: (15.4 overs) 70; Wickets 1-4, 2-29, 3-31, 4-38, 5-43, 6-44, 7-48, 8-59, 9-65; Bowling: McCullum 2-0-6-1, Anderson 2-0-7-0, Santner 3-0-16-1, McClenaghan 1-0-3-1, Elliott 4-0-12-3, Sodhi 3.4-0-21-3. NZ won by 75 runs
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