Champions Trophy 2017 : Bangla Tigers Send Kiwis Packing with an Emphatic Win!

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladeshi Tigers put on a brave fight to leave the Kiwis shell-shocked, winning the match by 5 wickets after being set 266 to chase. At one point of time, New Zealand bowlers were all over the Bangla batting line up as they were struggling at 33-4 but what unfolded after that was truly a special effort from Shakib Al Hasan (114) and Mahmudullah (102*), whose 224-run partnership gave Kiwis a return ticket to their Tasman comforts.

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Williamson won the toss and decided to bat first. New Zealand managed 265-8 in their 50 overs on the back of fifties from Williamson (57) and Taylor (63). Mosaddek Hossain (3 wickets) and Taskin Ahmed (2 wickets) were the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers.

Let’s take a look at Five talking points of the game.

The Shakib-Mahmudullah Counter-punch stuns Kiwis

The experienced duo got into their act quite quickly as Bangladesh were in deep deep trouble with four batsmen back in the hut with the score reading just 33. Both Shakib and Mahmudullah, played cautiously at first to get their eyes in and in the process ensured that the required run-rate was well under control.

Shakib was the first to get to his hundred – his seventh one in the ODIs, and did so with a hook for six off the bowling of Milne. The 224-run epic saga was finally ended by Boult, as he castled Shakib for a magnificent 114 (11*4 and 1*6). Mahmudullah reached his 3rd ODI century with a four in the very same over to put the final nail in the Kiwi coffin.

Southee wreaks havoc in the Bangladeshi Top Ranks

The 266-run chase didn’t start much auspiciously for the Tigers as their best batsman in the tournament, Tamim Iqbal, bagged a second-ball duck courtesy Tim Southee. The initial part of the Bangladeshi innings presented the best bowling conditions of the tournament so far and the Kiwi duo of Southee and Boult took full advantage of it. Southee further removed Soumya Sarkar (3) and Sabbir Rahman (8) in quick succession to leave Bangladesh reeling at 12-3 inside five overs.

Mosaddek Hossain – an unlikely Hero

The 21-year old youngster had a major impression on the first half of the match as he bagged three wickets in his three overs while also helping Shakib in effecting the run-out of Kane ‘Consistent’ Williamson. His twin strikes of Neil Broom and Corey Anderson in the 44th over sucked the momentum out of the Kiwi innings. Later, in the 47th over, he dismissed a dangerous looking James Neesham (23 of 24 balls) to finish with 3-13 in three overs. He even hit the winning boundary for his team’s historic win.

Williamson-Taylor stand of 83- Experienced duo steady the Kiwi Ship

The skipper along with the experienced Ross Taylor was in the middle of the action again for the Kiwis as the duo shared a 83-run stand. They steadied the Kiwi ship after the openers were sent back by the 69-run mark. Both of them took their time to get in and went on to compile their respective fifties. Just when it looked like the duo were ready to up the ante, a combined effort from Mosaddek Hossain and Shakib paved the way for the skipper’s return.

The Corey Conundrum

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is turning out to be a forgettable batting experience for Corey Anderson who bagged a first-ball golden duck off the bowling of young Mosaddek. He was so convinced of his dismissal that he didn’t even bother to think about the review – a decision he was ultimately talked into by his non-strike partner, but without any fruits of success. He has so far accumulated only 18 runs in his three outings to the crease.

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