New Zealand Win In A Close Match.

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13 March,Hamilton, New Zealand v/s Bangladesh, Pool A

New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by three wickets  in  a close encounter  in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Pool A, with this win  New Zealand  registered their sixth consecutive victory In ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and secured the 1st position in Pool A.

Chasing the challenging 289-run target Bangladesh picked up two early wickets of   Brendon McCullum (8) and Kane Williamson (1) at just score of 33  by opening with spin from both ends. Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took both the early wickets before Guptill and Ross Taylor (56) revived the innings through their 131-run stand for the third wicket. Opener Martin Guptill  playedto reach his hundred off 88 balls before holing out to Hasan after suffering leg cramps. He hit 11 boundaries and two sixes during his 100-ball knock.

Taylor, who hit five fours, added another 46 with Grant Elliott (39) before Bangladesh took three wickets in the space of 37 runs to get a sniff of an upset victory.

Corey Anderson, who hit three fours and as many sixes, fell for 39 before Tim Southee hit a six and a four to seal New Zealand’s first win after seven successive defeats against Bangladesh between 2010-2013 — all away from home.

Hasan finished with 4-55.

Earlier, Mahmudullah pull away  Bangladesh from a desaster 27-2 after they were put into bat.

Mahmudullah completed his 100  off 111 balls with  in all 12 fours and 3 sixes

He became only the second Bangladeshi batsman to score back-to-back hundreds in all one-day internationals after Shahriar Nafees who achieved the feat against Zimbabwe at home in 2006,And first Bangladeshi batsman to score back-to-back hundreds in World cup

In all Mahmudullah hit 12 fours and three sixes as New Zealand’s bowlers were tested for the first time in the tournament with Southee going wicketless.

Rahman raised the tempo by hitting two sixes and five fours to help Bangladesh add 104 runs in the last ten overs.

Left-arm paceman Trent Boult had jolted Bangladesh by dismissing Imrul Kayes (two) and Tamim Iqbal (13) in his first spell to finish with 2-56.

Anderson removed senior Bangladeshi batsmen Shakib A Hasan for 23 and Mushfiqur Rahim for 15 to finish with 2-43.

MATCH SUMMARY-New Zealand 289 for 7 (Guptill 105, Shakib 4-55) beat Bangladesh 288 for 7 (Mahmudullah 128*, Soumya 51) by three wickets.

MAN OF THE MATCH- Martin Guptill.

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