New Zealand registered their third consecutive victory of the tournament as they beat Bangladesh by eight wickets in Lucknow.
Batting first, Bangladesh didn’t put up a great score as they managed 245 for the loss of nine wickets. Chasing the fair total, it was an easy win for the Black Caps.
New Zealand wins their third consecutive game
It was a great day for New Zealand fans as they not only ensured their third win in the World Cup 2023, but their favorite Kane Williamson was back on the team, too, after a long, prolonged injury period.
Earlier this year, in the IPL, New Zealand skipper Williamson injured himself while trying to save a ball in the boundary for the Gujarat Titans. It was then declared he wouldn’t be a part of the upcoming World Cup. However, it was his staunch hard work and rehab sessions that helped him get back on his feet and be a part of the World Cup.
Williamson played a well-crafted 78-run inning until he retired hurt after taking a blow to his thumb. It might be again a reason for worry among the fans, and time will reveal how intense it is.
New Zealand bowler Lockie Ferguson was wonderful with the ball and deservedly got the Player of the Match award as he picked up three wickets, conceding just 49 runs in 10 overs.
It wasn’t a good time for Bangladesh on the field as they struggled with the bats. Mushfiqur Rahim scored a well-made 66 and Mahmudullah 46, but the lack of support from other batters did not let Bangladesh put up a big total on the board.
What did the captains say in the post match presentation?
Kane Williamson seemed happy about the performance as he mentioned the guys did well in the first half with the ball and in the second half, too, building partnerships. Stating the wicket to be “competitive,” he said that the seamers were excellent and Lockie was superb with the ball.
He even praised Darren Mitchell, stating him to be a “team first” guy.
Najmul Hossain Shanto, who came to talk in Shakib’s place as he went for his scans, said that they needed to work on their batting. He mentioned that bowling has been their biggest improvement and that they have to “bat well” to win games in the tournament.
As the World Cup continues to get interesting, Saturday marks the most awaited game between India and Pakistan from the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. Stay tuned for some crazy action!