The 11th match of the ICC World Cup 2023 was held at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, featuring a game between New Zealand vs Bangladesh.
It was the third consecutive win for the Black Caps in World Cup 2023. Black Caps are currently on top of the points table.
Captain Kane Williamson, making his return to ODI cricket after a substantial absence due to knee surgery, played a pivotal role by scoring an unbeaten 78 runs. His exceptional performance helped New Zealand secure a crucial eight-wicket victory, catapulting them to the top of the points table.
However, in the 39th over, Williamson had to retire hurt when the ball struck his thumb while he was crossing the wicket in the previous over.
While chasing a target of 246 runs, New Zealand encountered challenges early on, losing opener Rachin Ravindra. The team struggled to accumulate runs, with a score of 37-1 in the initial 10 overs. Despite this, Williamson and Devon Conway formed a resilient partnership, with Conway contributing 45 runs before falling victim to Shakib Al Hasan while attempting a reverse sweep.
Williamson, undeterred by the loss of his companion, went on to build an impressive 108-run stand with Daryl Mitchell, who emerged as the top scorer for New Zealand with 89 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 132.83. Mitchell played the winning shot, securing a significant victory for the Black Caps with 43 balls to spare.
Bangladesh had a difficult start to their batting innings, losing four wickets and scoring only 56 runs in the first 12.1 overs. However, a valuable partnership of 96 runs between Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib helped stabilize the innings. Rahim scored 66 runs while Shakib contributed 40 runs.
After the departure of these two seasoned batters, Mahmudullah provided some late runs, taking Bangladesh to a competitive total of 245 runs on the challenging wicket in Chennai.
New Zealand’s bowling efforts were led by Lockie Ferguson with three wickets, while Matt Henry and Trent Boult claimed two each. Mitchell Santner and Glenn Phillips each secured one wicket.
Bangladesh’s next match is scheduled against India on October 19 in Mumbai, while the Black Caps will face Afghanistan on October 18 at the same venue.