New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 75 runs in Kolkata

New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 75 runs in Kolkata

Bangladesh, chasing 145, were bundled out for only 70 in the ICC World T20 contest against New Zealand on Saturday.

Mustafizur picked five wickets but his efforts were undone by a poor show by the batters. (Source: Reuters)

New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by 75 runs in their ICC World Twenty20 group match at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. Electing to bat, New Zealand posted 145 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs, and then bowled out Bangladesh for 70 in 15.4 overs in the Super 10 Group 2 encounter.  (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)

Scorecard of Bangladesh vs New Zealand

As it happened

1800 hrs IST: Lights come on and Bangladesh go off in a hurry. They are bundled out for only 70, lose the contest by 75 runs

1746 hrs IST: And, lights are off at the Eden Gardens. Umpires call off play, need light to allow further play

1744 hrs IST: WICKET! Elliot joins the act now. Bangladesh are falling like a pack of cards


1740 hrs IST: WICKET! Sodhi spins his magic. Soumya is out stumped. Bangladesh in deep deep trouble now. 43/5

1734 hrs IST: MORE SPIN! Leggie Ish Sodhi into the attack now

1730 hrs IST: WICKET! Bangladesh falling apart here. Santner tumbles but doesn’t fumble. Sabbir departs, McCullum picks his first wicket. Bangladesh struggling at 38/4

1724 hrs IST: WICKET! Shakib hits the Santer delivery straight to McCullum in the deep. They’re off to a poor start here. 31/3

1720 hrs IST: WICKET! McClenaghan cleans up Mithun. Bangladesh lose their second wicket inside the powerplay. 29/2

1714 hrs IST: Sabbir gets to the pitch of the ball and clears the ring with ease. Safe shot in the powerplay

1710 hrs IST: New Zealand need early wickets to put Bangladesh on the mat. Not enough runs to play with. Spinners would hold key

1705 hrs IST: WICKET! Slight hesitation and Tamim Iqbal is run-out. Munro with the direct-hit. Bangladesh 4/1

1700 hrs IST: Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Mithun are out in the middle for the chase

1640 hrs IST: Bangladesh restrict New Zealand to 145/8 in Kolkata. (Williamson 42; Mustafizur 5/22, Al-Amin 2/27)

1638 hrs IST: WICKET! McCullum is out first ball and Mustafizur picks his FIFTH wicket – first Bangladesh bowler to do so in this format

1636 hrs IST: WICKET! No.4 for Mustafizur as he cleans up Santner for 3. New Zealand 139/7

1630 hrs IST: WICKET! no.2 for Al-Amin as Mithun takes a fine catch to get rid of Ross Taylor. New Zealand 127/6

1627 hrs IST: WICKET! And he tastes success for the third time in the match as Elliot miscues his off-cutter. Hom takes a well-judged catch. 122/5

1624 hrs IST: Mustafizur, after a brilliant opening spell of 2/7, returns to bowl the 18th and 20th over of the innings

1619 hrs IST: SIX! Taylor gets hold of one and hits it all the way. 89 m the last hit off his willow

1614 hrs IST: WICKET! Anderson is out without troubling the scorers, the fourth man out bowled. New Zealand 100/4

1610 hrs IST: Ross Taylor needs a move and he goes for the big hit, finds the fielder in the deep who makes a mess. Survives…

1608 hrs IST: WICKET! Al-Amin breaks the Munro-Taylor stand. Cleans up the former, New Zealand 99/3

1605 hrs IST: SIX! Munro goes big and it goes all the way. Got to the pitch of the ball and hit it all the way into the stands

1604 hrs IST: The ball is gripping the surface but New Zealand would be disappointed if they post anything less than 150

1600 hrs IST: Much needed! Munro hits his first boundary after facing 25 deliveries. His return to form is important for New Zealand, ahead of the semis

1550 hrs IST: Runs not coming for New Zealand. Bangladesh doing a controlled and disciplined job with the ball so far

1543 hrs IST: Ross Taylor joins Munro in the middle. New Zealand need a steady stand now

1542 hrs IST: WICKET! Mustafizur was testing Munro, scalps Williamson. New Zealand skipper departs after scoring 42. 57/2

1538 hrs IST: Mustafizur back into the attack for a second spell. His slower ones are gripping the surface, testing Munro in the middle

1534 hrs IST: FIFTY up for New Zealand in the eighth over of the innings

1527 hrs IST: New Zealand end the powerplay with score of 39/1. Predictor says they should score 172 at this rate

1522 hrs IST: Williamson show continues from the other. Six more and he moves to 28 off 19. He has Munro for company now

1518 hrs IST: WICKET! Mustafizur into the attack and he strikes in the very first over. Cleans up opener Nicholls. New Zealand lose first wicket cheaply


1511 hrs IST: Shakib drifts down the leg-side and Williamson has no problems in sweeping it to the ropes

1510 hrs IST: Early change…Shakib Al Hasan into the attack, replaces skipper Mortaza. Looking for wickets, operating with a slip in position

1504 hrs IST: Shuvagata Hom to bowl from the other end. He bowled well against India, returned with figures of 1/24

1502 hrs IST: Williamson ends the first over with a couple of boundaries. New Zealand 9/0

1500 hrs IST: New Zealand openers Williamson and Nicholls out in the middle. Mortaza with the new ball for Bangladesh. Conditions bright and sunny in Mohali at the moment

1450 hrs IST: The two teams are out in the middle for the National Anthems. Moments away from action

1438 hrs IST: The teamsheets are out. Here’s a look at the two Playing XIs

BAN XI: T Iqbal, M Mithun, S Rahman, S Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, M Rahim, S Hom, M Mortaza, A Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman

NZ XI: H Nicholls, K Williamson, C Munro, C Anderson, R Taylor, G Elliott, M Santner, L Ronchi, N McCullum, M McClenaghan, I Sodhi

1432 hrs IST: Bangladesh are unchanged for this contest

1431 hrs IST: TOSS! New Zealand elect to bat first against Bangladesh. Martin Guptill is rested for this contest while Nathan McCullum replaces Adam Milne

1429 hrs IST: PITCH! It’s warm in Kolkata, feels hotter. Lots of cracks on the strip, wears a very dry look. Batting harder than it was during Pakistan-Bangladesh game, feels Scott Styris


The build up

Here’s a look at the points table


Broken Bangladesh seek redemption

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Mashrafe Mortaza said Bangladesh are yet to get over the one-run loss against India. (Source: AP)

You could almost discern the lump in his throat as Mashrafe Mortaza started his pre-match press conference in Kolkata on Friday. Bangladesh are yet to get over the one-run loss against India. “We had 48 hours to ponder over it, but I’m still clueless. I can’t really describe how we lost the game. We didn’t speak to each other for a long time in the dressing room. It’s difficult. We should have won it easily.

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Mitchell Santner has grabbed eight wickets in three matches so far for New Zealand. (Source: Reuters)

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