Mahmudullah, Shakib lead Bangladesh to a historic win over NZ

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Williamson and Taylor, as they had done against England and Australia with partnerships of 95 and 99, provided mid-innings ballast without getting on top of the Bangladesh attack. Shakib and Mahmudullah scored 114 and 102 runs to make it a day for Bangladesh to remember. Australia's pacemen, led by Mitchell Starc, have started to find their form and they would love nothing more than a go at the old enemy this weekend.

New Zealand (NZ) vs Bangladesh (BAN) match to be broadcast live online on Hotstar and TV Coverage on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports HD 3 in India. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said it was "very difficult" to see his team's way out of 33-4.

Two clinical upsets in the last two fixtures have thrown Group B wide open.

"I think they're always big games, regardless of what's on the line", he added.

But Smith also knows that under Trevor Bayliss, a former coach of his at state level, this is not the same side that Australia remembers from the World Cup opener of 2015.

The duo batted brilliantly for 34.5 overs for the fifth wicket and orchestrated a sensational comeback for Bangladesh after a devastating three-over three-wicket opening spell from Tim Southee (3/) had rocked their run chase.

Southee then had Sabbir Rahman caught behind.

But he was not finished there as Soumya Sarkar was beaten by one which jagged back and struck in front to leave Bangladesh 12 for three.

"We're going to have to peak coming this game on Saturday".

Both Anderson and Neesham have also been underwhelming with the ball; meant to provide depth with bat and ball, they have succeeded in doing neither.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza's decision to introduce Mosaddek in 42nd over turned out to be a masterstroke as New Zealand could add just 62 runs from the final 10 overs. They shared 83 for the third wicket, and Williamson became the first batsman to score four successive 50-plus scores in the Trophy, before running himself out on 57. However, a cracker from the right-arm pacer in the third over got a nick off Rahman's bat as Ronchi did the rest to dismiss him on eight.

Perhaps most infuriatingly of all, they even mislaid their discipline in the field: New Zealand bowled a full 18 wides, each one cheered as fervently by the raucous Bangladeshi crowd as Jeremy Corbyn when he returned to UK Labour's headquarters a few hours earlier.

It all leaves Bangladesh and New Zealand needing to win in Wales and then hope England put one over their arch-rivals, assuming more bad weather does not disrupt those calculations.

On a winless tournament: "You want to come here firing and playing the best cricket".

"Everyone sets out to perform their role as best they can and give to the side and play selfless cricket and that's certainly the attitude of the players", Williamson said.

Earlier, Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to field in a damp SWALEC stadium in Cardiff, where the start was delayed by about an hour due to a wet outfield.

New Zealand will be hurting from their below par performance in their loss to hosts England. Even at 228 for 4 in 43 overs, it could have thought it would touch 300, but Bangladesh's bowlers maintained excellent discipline.

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