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Bangladesh beat NZ in biggest Champions Trophy 2017 upset

11 June 2017, 10:14 | Stacy Ballard

Australia's Adam Zampa performed well against Bangladesh

Australia's Adam Zampa performed well against Bangladesh

New Zealand, who had been 152 for three off 30 overs, only managed 113 more runs in the last 20 overs.

The result at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff means the Asian side can still reach the competition's semi-finals, if England defeat Australia tomorrow, while the Kiwis are out.

At the other end, Luke Ronchi started impressively with a couple of 60s in the warm-up against India and in New Zealand's opening game against Australia but faded away with a golden duck against England and 16 here against England.

The partnership also set a new record for Bangladesh of highest partnership for any wicket - overtaking 178-run partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim. The Prime Minister phoned both centurions wishing them to continue for more wins the global cricket. Mahmudullah hit a 107-ball undefeated 102, with eight fours and two sixes. "Shakib took some time and then he took off", Mahmudullah added.

Mortaza promised of a better performance if Bangladesh at all made it to the semis.

Bangladesh's run chase suffered a terrible start when Tamim Iqbal, fresh from scores of 128 and 95 against England and Australia respectively, was lbw for a second-ball duck to Tim Southee. Southee then had Sabbir Rahman caught behind. That became 12-3 in the fifth over with Southee's wicket maiden which claimed Soumya Sarkar (3) leg before and put Southee on 3-10.

Cricket website ispncrickinfo says all seemed lost at this point. "We just said keep going", explained Shakib, the man-of-the-match, at the presentation ceremony.

Neither does defensive cricket too well, and they duly began with a counterattacking four each in the 13th over. Mahmudullah switched gears and smashed James Neesham over midwicket for a six and a four. Actually we were not talking when we were building that partnership. Soon the target was down to double digits.

Unmoved Shakib and Mahmudullah rose to the occasion though, bringing a win that kept their hopes of qualifying for the semifinal intact.

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Mahmudullah also reached three figures as Bangladesh closed in on victory and New Zealand were ragged by the end, with 17 wides adding to their misery.

Earlier, Mossadek Hossain marked his return to the Bangladesh side by taking three wickets as the Kiwis slumped to a total of 265 for eight.

New Zealand have a run rate of just 6.20 in the last ten overs, which is the lowest among all teams in that phase in this tournament.

The New Zealand (NZ) vs Bangladesh (BAN) live broadcast of the match will start at 03:00PM IST. The desperation for a win aside, both New Zealand and Bangladesh would hope for an England victory against Australia, assuming rain does not disturb their calculations again.

Boult should have got in on the act when Ross Taylor, injuring himself in the process, spilled Mushfiqur's hard edge to slip.

2 Number of higher fifth-wicket partnerships in ODIs, the highest being the unbroken 256 between JP Duminy and David Miller against Zimbabwe in the 2015 World Cup. Both got fifties; Williamson's was his third score over fifty in three games in the tournament. Neesham and Corey got out to him in New Zealand.

Four wickets fell for just 62 runs in the final 10 overs, New Zealand losing three wickets to spinner Mosaddek Hossain through a combination of poor shots and some tight Bangladesh bowling.

Ross Taylor top scored for the Oceanian team with 63 while captain Kane Williamson hit 57 runs.

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