Mosaddek 3-wkt burst helps B'desh restrict NZ to 265/8
Mosaddek Hossain (3/13) triggered a New Zealand batting collapse towards the end with three scalps as Bangladesh restricted the Kiwis to 265 for 8 in their last group match of the Champions Trophy here on Friday.
The 21-year-old batting all-rounder stole the show with his off-spin as he grabbed three wickets in the space of 12 balls to turn the match on its head in the Group A match at Sophia Gardens.
Mosaddek took two wickets -- that of Niel Broom (36) and Corey Anderson (0) -- in the 44th over and then had another one in the 46th over in the form of James Neesham (23) to stop the Kiwis on their tracks. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza's decision to introduce Mosaddek in 42nd over turned out to a masterstroke as New Zealand could add just 62 runs from the final 10 overs. Electing to bat, New Zealand were nicely set up for a challenging total by captain Kane Williamson (57 off 69 balls) and Ross Taylor (63 off 82 balls) with solid half centuries but their good work were undone later as wickets tumbled in a heaped at the slog overs.
The Kiwis were 201 for 3 in the 39th over and 203 for 4 at the end of the 40th over and they looked set to adding maximum runs in the final 10 overs but that never happened.
Earlier, the Kiwis began at a brisk pace with Martin Guptill (33) and Luke Ronchi (16) finding the boundaries.
Bowling at a good pace, Taskin Ahmed gave the first breakthrough for Bangladesh in the eighth over by dismissing Ronchi who mistimed his shot to be holed out to Mustafizur Rahman at mid on.
Guptill was the next batsman to go in the 13th over as he was beaten by a Rubel Hossain delivery to be out LBW.
With two wickets gone, New Zealand sought to consolidate their innings with captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor taking charge. The duo complied runs mostly through singles and doubles with occasional fours.
Williamson brought up his fifty in the 15th over with a single off Rubel Hossain and New Zealand were 134 for 2 at the halfway mark. He fell in a horrible mix-up in the 30th over as he was sent back by Taylor after starting for a single.
Williamson was short of his crease as the bowler Shakib Al Hasan ran him out.
His 57 had five boundaries. After Williamson's departure, Taylor was going strong but he had a soft dismissal in the 39th over as he mistimed a shot to Mustafizur Rahman.
His 63 had six boundaries in it. The match was delayed for one hour due to rain but there was no reduction in the overs.
Both the teams went into the match without even knowing whether a win will guarantee them a place in the semi-finals.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh:
NZ: 265/8 (Ross Taylor 63, Kane Williamson 57).
B'DESH: Mosaddek Hossain Saikat (3/13).