Cardiff: Bangladesh moved a step closer to a semifinal berth with a stunning five-wicket win over New Zealand in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Still, they would need England to beat Australia.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. They posted 265/8 in 50 overs. Guptill (33), Williamson (57), Taylor (63), Broom (36) were the top scorers. Saikat took 3 wickets, while Taskin Ahmed took 2 wickets.
Chasing a victory target of 266, Bangladesh lost 4 wickets for just 33 runs on board. Everyone has written them off and predicted a humiliating loss. But, Shakib al Hasan and Mahmudulah had other plans. They added 224 runs for the fifth wicket.
Skakib scored 114, while Mahmudullah remained unbeaten on 102. Bangladesh reached 268/5 in 47.2 overs. Southee took 3 wickets. Shaikh Al Hasan was declared ‘Player of the Match’.