New Zealand vs Bangladesh was one of the most anticipated matches of the ODI World Cup 2023. Both teams had contrasting fortunes in their previous games, with New Zealand winning both of their matches against England and the Netherlands, while Bangladesh losing to Australia after defeating Afghanistan. The match was played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, India, on Friday, October 13, 2023.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl first, hoping to exploit the early morning conditions and put pressure on the Bangladesh batsmen. The decision proved to be a masterstroke, as Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson ripped through the top order, reducing Bangladesh to 56 for four in the 13th over. Litton Das was dismissed on the first ball of the innings, while Najmul Hossain Shanto, Tanzid Hasan and Mehidy Hasan Miraz followed soon after.
The only resistance came from the experienced duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, who added 96 runs for the fifth wicket. Shakib scored 40 off 51 balls, while Mushfiqur made 66 off 75 balls. However, their partnership was broken by Ferguson, who claimed his third wicket of the match by dismissing Shakib in the 30th over. Matt Henry then removed Mushfiqur in the next over, leaving Bangladesh at 164 for six.
The lower order tried to salvage some runs, with Mahmudullah playing a crucial unbeaten knock of 41 off 49 balls. He was supported by Taskin Ahmed (16) and Shoriful Islam (14), as Bangladesh managed to reach 245 for nine in their allotted 50 overs. Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand, finishing with figures of three for 49 in 10 overs. Boult and Henry also chipped in with two wickets each.
Match summary of Odi world cup 2023 : New Zealand vs Bangladesh
Player of the Match
Lockie Ferguson(NZ)3/49 (10)
Bangladesh · 245/9 (50)
|Mushfiqur Rahim66 (75)||Lockie Ferguson3/49 (10)|
|Mahmudullah41* (49)||Trent Boult2/45 (10)|
|Shakib Al Hasan40 (51)||Matt Henry2/58 (10)|
New Zealand · 248/2 (42.5)
|Daryl Mitchell89* (67)||Mustafizur Rahman1/36 (8)|
|Kane Williamson78 (107)||Shakib Al Hasan1/54 (10)|
|Devon Conway45 (59)||Shoriful Islam0/43 (7.5)|
New Zealand’s Dominant Chase
New Zealand’s chase was a clinical one, as they lost only two wickets and reached the target with more than seven overs to spare. Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra gave them a solid start, adding 64 runs for the first wicket in 12 overs. Conway scored 45 off 59 balls, before he was caught by Litton Das off Shakib Al Hasan’s bowling.
Kane Williamson then joined Ravindra at the crease, and the two added another 64 runs for the second wicket. Ravindra scored 32 off 42 balls, before he was run out by Mahmudullah in the 24th over. Williamson then took charge of the innings, and along with Daryl Mitchell, steered New Zealand to a comfortable victory. Williamson scored a fluent 78 off 107 balls, while Mitchell smashed an unbeaten 89 off just 67 balls. Mitchell ended the match with a six off Shoriful Islam’s bowling, as New Zealand reached 248 for two in 42.5 overs.
Mitchell was named the player of the match for his match-winning knock, while Williamson also received praise for his captaincy and batting. New Zealand’s batting was impressive, as they scored at a healthy run rate of 5.79 and did not allow any pressure to build up. Bangladesh’s bowling was disappointing, as they failed to create any chances or contain the runs. Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman were the only wicket-takers for Bangladesh, while Shoriful Islam was the most expensive bowler, conceding 43 runs in 7.5 overs.
What This Means for Both Teams
New Zealand vs Bangladesh was a crucial match for both teams, as it had implications for their chances of qualifying for the semi-finals. New Zealand’s win ensured that they remained unbeaten in their group and moved to the top of the table with six points from three matches. They also improved their net run rate to +1.467, which could be handy in case of a tie-breaker situation.
Bangladesh’s loss meant that they slipped to the fourth spot in their group with two points from three matches. They also suffered a blow to their net run rate, which dropped to -0.667. They will have to win their remaining matches against India and South Africa and hope for other results to go their way if they want to make it to the last four.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh was a one-sided affair, as New Zealand showed their class and superiority over Bangladesh in all departments of the game. New Zealand proved why they are one of the favorites to win the ODI World Cup 2023, while Bangladesh will have to regroup and bounce back from this humiliating defeat.