WT20: New Zealand beat Bangladesh for 4th straight win
KOLKATA: New Zealand kept their unbeaten record intact at the World Twenty20 when they thumped Bangladesh by 75 runs in their last Group 2 match on a tricky wicket Saturday.
Bangladesh were dismissed for 70 in 15.4 overs after fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman had grabbed 5-22 but still couldn't stop New Zealand from scoring a competitive 145-8.
New Zealand's fourth successive victory was halted for 11 minutes when one of the light towers at Eden Gardens went off with Bangladesh at 45-6 in 11 overs before Grant Elliott (3-12) and Ish Sodhi (3-21) finished off the match.
New Zealand topped their group with eight points after earlier beating hosts India, Australia and Pakistan. Bangladesh lost all their group matches that included a last-ball, 1-run loss against India.
Scoreboard from the Group 2 match between New Zealand and Bangladesh in World Twenty20 at Eden Gardens on Saturday:
Henry Nicholls b Mustafizur Rahman 7
Kane Williamson b Mustafizur Rahman 42
Colin Munro b Hossain 35
Ross Taylor c Mithun b Hossain 28
Corey Anderson b Mashrafe Murtaza 0
Grant Elliott c Hom b Mustafizur Rahman 9
Luke Ronchi not out 9
Mitchell Santner b Mustafizur Rahman 3
Nathan McCullum b Mustafizur Rahman 0
Mitchell McClenaghan not out 6
Extras: (4b, 1lb, 1w) 6
TOTAL: (for 8 wickets) 145
Fall of wickets: 1-25, 2-57, 3-99, 4-100, 5-125, 6-127, 7-139, 8-139
Did not bat: Ish Sodhi.
Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-21-1, Shuvagata Hom 3-0-16-0, Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-33-0, Mustafizur Rahman 4-0-22-5, Al-Amin Hossain 4-0-27-2 (1w), Mahmudullah 2-0-21-0.
Tamim Iqbal run out 3
Mohammad Mithun b McClenaghan 11
Sabbir Rahman c Santner b McCullum 12
Shakib Al Hasan c McCullum b Santner 2
Soumya Sarkar st Ronchi b Sodhi 6
Mahmudullah b Sodhi 5
Mushfiqur Rahim b Elliott 0
Shuvagata Hom not out 16
Mashrafe Mortaza lbw b Elliott 3
Mustafizur Rahman c Ronchi b Elliott 6
Al-Amin Hossain b Sodhi 0
Extras: (5lb, 1w) 6
TOTAL: (all out) 70
Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-29, 3-31, 4-34, 5-43, 6-44, 7-48, 8-59, 9-65, 10-70
Bowling: Nathan McCullum 2-0-6-1 (1w), Corey Anderson 2-0-7-0, Mitchell Santner 3-0-16-1, Mitchell McClenaghan 1-0-3-1, Grant Elliott 4-0-12-3, Ish Sodhi 3.4-0-21-3.
Result: New Zealand won by 75 runs.
Toss: New Zealand.
Umpires: Johan Cloete, South Africa, and Michael Gough, England.
TV Umpire: Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Sri Lanka. Match Referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.