ICC Champions Trophy 2017 : New Zealand bid good bye to the Champions Trophy

New Zealand bid good bye to the Champions Trophy after losing to Bangladesh at Cardiff on Friday. Bangladesh’s hopes depend on the England vs Australia match.Bangladesh will qualify for the semi-finals if England beat Australia and two quarterfinals await us on Sunday and Monday. 

Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan’s stunning partnership  of  224 runs gave Bangladesh a five-wicket victory over New Zealand . Mahmudullah scored an unbeaten 102 dotted with eight fours and two sixes while Shakib made 114 that had 11 fours and one maximum.

The 224-runs partnership between Shakib and Mahmudullah was the highest for Bangladesh for any wicket in ODIs, eclipsing the earlier 178 between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim against Pakistan in 2015.

Tim Southee depleted the Bangladesh top order, taking three wickets in the early overs. and after losing 4 wickets on merely a score of 33 .Mahmudullah and Shakib stitched a stunning 200 plus partnership to give their team a brilliant win

Earlier, Bangladesh rode on a brilliant bowling display from Mosaddekk Hossain (3/13) and Taskin Ahmed (2/43) to restrict New Zealand to 265 for 8 .

For New Zealand, captain Kane Williamson scored 57 off 69 balls, while Ross Taylor scored 63 runs off 82-balls. 

With the loss, New Zealand are out of the tournament, after finishing at the bottom of Group A with just one point which they got after their match against Australia was washed out. They had lost to England by 87 runs.

Despite the win, Bangladesh, who now have three points from three matches, are still uncertain of a semi-final berth and they will have to wait the outcome of the Group A match between England and Australia in Birmingham on Saturday.

If Australia beat England, Bangladesh will not qualify for the semi-finals. In that case, both England and Australia will advance to the last four.

 

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