Shakib, Mahmudullah help Bangladesh stun New Zealand

Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah both made superb centuries as Bangladesh completed a stunning five-wicket win over New Zealand that kept alive its hopes of reaching the Champions Trophy semifinals.

Mahmudullah celebrates Bangladesh's victory against New Zealand in Cardiff on Friday.   -  Getty Images

 

Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah both made superb centuries as Bangladesh completed a stunning five-wicket win over New Zealand that kept alive its hopes of reaching the Champions Trophy semifinals.

Bangladesh collapsed to 33 for four chasing a modest 265 for victory after Tim Southee removed all its top three batsmen. But left-hander Shakib (114) and Mahmudullah (102) turned the tide with a stand of 224 -- Bangladesh's highest One-day international partnership for any wicket, with this result ending New Zealand's bid to reach the last four.

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Now Bangladesh must hope that tournament hosts England beats Australia in the final Group A match at Edgbaston on Saturday if it is to go through to the semifinals. A win for Australia would see them join already-qualified England in the last four and knock out Bangladesh. But if Saturday's match, as has happened twice to Australia already this tournament, ends in a no result washout it will be Bangladesh who go into the semifinals.

Earlier, Ross Taylor (63) and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson added 83 for the third wicket before the Blackcaps suffered a middle-order collapse. Off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain justified his recall with three for 13 in three overs while placeman Taskin Ahmed, also brought back for this match, took two for 43 in eight overs.

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