New Zealand managed to sneak in their sixth victory on the trot as they survived a scare in their 3 wicket win over their fellow quarter-finalists from Pool A, Bangladesh in a Pool A encounter at Hamilton. Bangladesh almost created yet another upset before Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee held their nerves in the final overs and took their side home.
Chasing 289 to win, the hosts lost the wickets of Brendon McCullam and Kane Williamson early to Shakib Al Hasan before Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor revived their innings. Both of them kept the score board ticking as they rotated strike and scored some odd boundaries in between. Guptill, in process reached his sixth ODI hundred before he was dismissed for 105. Ross Taylor too reached his fifty and in the other end, Grant Elliott went blazing against the Bangladesh bowlers before he was dismissed for a 34 ball 39 before Taylor was dismissed for 56. Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi scored some quick runs before losing their wickets for 39 and 9 respectively. But Vettori and Southee kept their composure as they the Kiwis home.
Earlier Put into bat, Bangladesh scored 288-7 in their 50 overs courtesy a fantastic century from Mahmudullah. Soumya Sarkar scored 51 while Sabbir Rahman got out for a quick 40. Trent Boult, Corey Anderson and Grant Elliott took two wickets apiece. Guptill was named as the Man of the Match.
Briefscores: Bangladesh 288 for 7 (Mahmudullah 128*, Soumya Sarkar 51) lost to New Zealand 289 for 7 (Martin Guptill 105, Corey Anderson 51, Shakib Al Hasan 4-55) by three wickets
Bangladesh will play India in the second Quarter Finals at the MCG on March 19.