Kiwis fly over Bangla tigers

Kiwis fly over Bangla tigers

Bangladesh: 288/7

New Zealand: 290/7

Hamilton: New Zealand clinches a nail-biting finish by three wickets in their ICC Cricket World Cup Pool A fixture at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Friday. New Zealand played their last game of the league stage, finishing firmly on top of the group with six wins in as many games. Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee were batting on scores of 16 and 12 respectively, with the latter hitting the winning runs for his side. Martin Guptill completed his sixth One-Day International century in 88 deliveries.

Guptill formed a crucial century partnership with Ross Taylor for the third wicket, putting New Zealand in a commanding position during their chase of the 289-run target, recovering from a shaky score of 33 for two. Martin Guptill’s innings came to an end when he was dismissed for a score of 105 from 100 balls.

Guptill was caught by Rubel Hossain off the bowling of Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan.

Earlier, Bangladesh finished on a score of 288 for the loss of seven wickets after 50 overs at the end of their innings against New Zealand.

Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar were the stars of the Bangladeshi batting performance, scoring 128 and 51 respectively, while Corey Anderson was the pick among the New Zealand bowlers with figures of two for 43 from his quota of 10 overs.