World Cup 2019: New Zealand overcome Bangladesh in a close finish

Ross Taylor and Matt Henry star as New Zealand overcome Bangladesh in a close finish at World Cup 2019. 


New Zealand: 248-8 in 47.1 overs | Winner

Ross Taylor: 82(91) | Kane Williamson: 40(72) | Mosaddek Hossain: 2-33

Bangladesh: 244-10 in 49.2 overs

Shakib Al Hasan: 64(68) | Matt Henry: 4-47 | Trent Boult: 2-44

Player of the Match: Ross Taylor


New Zealand register their second win of the tournament as Ross Taylor guides New Zealand to a victory over Bangladesh in a close chase.

After putting in to bat first, Bangladesh openers started positively as they added 45 for the first wicket. Even after the dismissal of the openers, Bangladesh were going decent at 109-2 at the end of 23 overs.

However, the loss of Mushfiqur Rahim opened the gates as Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals, and they failed to build a good solid partnership. In the end, courtesy to Shakib’s 64, Bangladesh posted a decent 244 on the board.

Matt Henry was the most successful bowler once again with his spell of 4-47, while Trent Boult removed the tailenders in his spell of 2-44.


Chasing 245, the aggressive opening pair of New Zealand started blazingly as they added 35 in the first 5 overs. However, Guptill played a loose shot to give his wicket to Shakib.

Munro too got out just after that, however, Williamson and Ross Taylor steadied the sheep perfectly as Ross played the role of the aggressor, while Williamson played second fiddle to him.

New Zealand were going good at160-2 in the 31st over, and it looked as if they would chase 245 comfortably, but a miscue shot from Williamson gave Bangladesh some hope.

After Williamson’s wicket, Bangladesh led a strong fightback as they reduced New Zealand to 218-7 in 43.3 overs with Taylor back in the hut. Bangladesh sensed a victory, but Mitchell Santner kept his cool, and guided NZ home.

So, Ross Taylor’s fabulous 82(91) guided New Zealand home as Shakib’s all-round performance went in vain.

Bangladesh, however, would take some confidence from the game as they fought till the last moment.


  1. Bangladesh’s inability to build big partnerships in the middle overs.
  2. Over dependence on Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to score runs.
  3. Mashrafe Mortaza needs to step up as a bowler.


  1. Mushfiqur Rahim’s unfortunate run-out in the 24th over 
  2. Shakib Al Hasan departing after a steady 64 in the 31st over.
  3. Kane Williamson getting out on a mistimed shot in the 32nd over.
  4. The departure of Ross Taylor in the 39th over giving Bangladesh some hope of winning.



Date: June 6, 2019

Time: 3 pm IST

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