New Zealand vs Bangladesh
New Zealand vs Bangladesh

Venue : Junction Oval, Melbourne

Toss : New Zealand Women won the toss and opt to bat

Captain’s view

Salma Khatun: Wicket is good for bowling I think and our bowlers need to hit the good line and length. New Zealand are a very good team and we are hoping to do better from the last game. We have made a few changes, four of them.

Sophie Devine: We are gonna have a bat first today. Disappointed to lose the last game, but that’s how it goes in this format of the game and we have taken a lot of positives from that. All focus is on Bangladesh today, we know we have got a job to do.

Squad

Bangladesh Women (Playing XI): Ayasha Rahman, Murshida Khatun, Ritu Moni, Nigar Sultana(w), Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Sobhana Mostary, Salma Khatun(c), Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Panna Ghosh

New Zealand Women (Playing XI): Rachel Priest(w), Sophie Devine(c), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Katey Martin, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair

New Zealand batting

Steady opening from White Ferns

After losing the match against India, New Zealand steps into their third match in the tournament. Devine and Priest gets in crease, Devine is on strike. Panna Ghosh opens the attack against New Zealand. The New Zealand openers strikes the ball in a controlled form made a score of 33 runs without any wicket loss after power play ends.

Bangladesh seeks to break this well settled partnership to avoid New Zealand from scoring further. In the next over of the power play Salma Khatun uproots Devine and execute the break through needed by Bangladesh. The big fish Devine has been sent to pavilion when Fahima Khatun caught the ball. Suzie Bates then joins hand with the opener.

New Zealand collapsed by frequent wicket loss 

This time it’s Salma Khatun who dismissed Priest with a LBW. Priest return pabilion with a score of 25 runs from 32 balls. After 10 overs New Zealand scored 55 runs for two wicket loss where Maddy Green scored 4 runs while Bates scored 11 runs.

New Zealand players struggled to face Bangladesh bowling that makes lags Kiwis from scoring further. Ritu Moni uproots Bates in 12th over for 15 runs from 14 balls. In the very next over Rumana Ahmed took two consecutive wickets that shocked New Zealand players. Maddy Green dismissed for 11 runs whereas Katey Martin dismissed for two runs. New Zealand collapsed as they lose five wickets for 68 runs.

Ritu Moni
Ritu Moni

Ritu Moni’s spell 

In the next over Katey Martin too lose her wicket to Ritu Moni and return pavilion for 6 runs. New Zealand’s middle order failed to show up as a result New Zealand stand without reaching their ton even after 16 overs. Again Ritu Mon with her bowling spell picked a couple of wickets in her last over. This time it’s Anna Peterson who dismissed for 5 runs and Amelia Kerr for same 5 runs.

 White Ferns scored less than 100 in total

Soon New Zealand lose all their wickets for just 91 runs with more than an over left. Ritu Moni’s aggressive bowling that uproots four wicket in total helps Bangladesh to restrict New Zealand from scoring high even to a triple digit.

Over view

New Zealand have been bundled out for a paltry score of 91 by Bangladesh Women at the Junction Oval. Ritu Moni is not able to express her feelings in words as she’s been interviewed along the side lines. She’s just too exited! Was a brilliant effort by her as she claimed four crucial wickets. Salma Khatun – the captain bagged three wickets and it was mainly due to their effort that Bangladesh managed to restrict the White Ferns below a score of 100.

Bangladesh celebration
Bangladesh celebration after New Zealand fold up for 91 runs

Bangladesh Batting

In order to prevent a hat-trick loss Bangladesh have to chase this score which is less than a run from a ball. Murshida Khatun and Ayasha Rahman gets in crease, Murshida Khatun is on strike. Kasperek opens the attack against Bangladesh. The pressure builds over New Zealand when Tahuhu spell four wides with a catch drop by Kerr in the same over.

Break through from Kasperek  

But Kasperek  in her second over picks the first wicket by dismissing Murshida Khatun for 11 runs. Peterson completes an easy catch and that’s the wicket New Zealand were looking for. Ritu Moni who impressed everyone with her bowling gets into batting platform and joins with Ayasha Rahman.

After power play

Hayley Jensen in the fourth over uproot Hayley Jensen for single run while she faced 8 balls. That clearly shows the Kiwis bowling performance. At the end of power play Bangladesh scored 23 runs for 2 wicket loss. New Zealand lose their review when appealed for Ritu Moni’s LBW.

Bangladesh struggle to score

Fargana Hoque returned pavilion by run out without scoring any facing three balls from Anna Peterson. Bangladesh struggled and were in under pressure as they scored only 31 runs with three wicket loss after 10 over completion. New Zealand bowlers takes the control over their bowling and restrict Bangladesh from chasing the modest target.

Rumana Ahmed lose her wicket to Anna Peterson and returns to dressing room while scoring 10 runs from 22 balls. In the very next over Rumana Ahmed dismissed by an LBW from Hayley Jensen’s delivery. Bangladesh lose 5 wickets in total by scoring 40 runs in total whereas New Zealand scored 68 runs.

NZ celebrates after Bangladesh fold up for 40 runs
NZ celebrates after Bangladesh fold up for 40 runs

Three wickets in three consecutive overs

Bangladesh lose three wickets in three consecutive overs. Sobhana Mostary dismissed by Devine in the 14th over. Jahanara Alam dismissed in the first ball of the next over bowled by Amelia Kerr. Fahima Khatun uprooted by Hayley Jensen in the 16th over that makes three wickets in three consecutive overs. Bangladesh scored 57 uns for eight wicket lose.

Bangladesh is in need of some miracle strikes from their lower order players to register their maiden win in this World cup tournament. Finally Bangladesh were fold up for 74 runs and New Zealand registered their second victory in the tournament. Despite a poor outing with the bat, the White Ferns scraped a win in this low-scoring encounter.

Bangladesh lose three wickets in three overs
Bangladesh lose three wickets in three overs

Over view 

At the halfway stage, Bangladesh were the happier side. But, the White Ferns have defended 91 with ease. The Asian side lost both their openers in the powerplay and were never able to accelerate on this slow pitch. There were many factors involved – tight bowling, good fielding, miscommunication between the batters and poor strokes. All in all, the Bangladeshi batters couldn’t handle the pressure that was exerted by New Zealand. Just five bowlers were used with Kasperek and Jensen scalping three wickets apiece.

Player of the match

Hayley Jensen(New Zealand)

Bowling : 3 wickets for 11 runs in four over

Hayley Jensen : We know we scraped through to the last ball, but it was really a good bowling performance by us. I tried to keep it simple – hit the seam and bowl stump-to-stump. We know we have done the good work, we just need to train well and need to come out confident for the next match.

Captain’s view 

Sophie Devine | New Zealand captain: Nowhere near what we wanted to post. Bangladesh were fantastic, they put us under pressure on a very difficult wicket. The girls were brilliant. Jensen was fantastic and the spinners were great on a really hard wicket. We learnt from the Bangladesh bowlers, their seamers bowled straight and made us make mistakes. (When asked what will be the key against Australia) Probably batting a bit better than we did today. We have played a lot of cricket with and against them. We are really looking forward to it. It’s gonna be a big one.

Salman Kahtun | Bangladesh captain: We bowled and fielded well, but our batting wasn’t good. Ritu Moni bowled very good and picked four wickets. We need to improve our batting.