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Ross Taylor scored a crucial 82 as New Zealand escaped with a two-wicket win over Bangladesh in their World Cup clash at The Oval.
Being put in to bat first, Bangladesh got off to a solid start before opener Soumya Sarkar was clean bowled by Matt Henry for 25.
Sarkar’s opening partner, Tamim Iqbal, mustered 24 runs before he was caught by Trent Boult at midwicket off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson.
Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan steadied things with a 50-run partnership before Rahim was run out by Martin Guptill for 19.
Shakib went on to score a 68-ball 64, which included seven boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme.
Once Shakib was gone, Bangladesh began to lose wickets at regular intervals.
With Mohammad Mithun scoring 26 and Mohammad Saifuddin smashing a quickfire 29 towards the end of the innings, Bangladesh reached 244 before being bowled out.
Henry was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Boult snapped up two, and Ferguson, De Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 245 to win, New Zealand lost Guptill early on as he was caught by Tamim at long-on off the bowling of Shakib for 25.
Colin Munro only scored 24 runs before he was caught by Mehidy Hasan Miraz off the bowling of Shakib.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Taylor stabilised the innings with a 105-run partnership, during which Taylor brought up his fifty, before Williamson was caught by Mosaddek Hossain at deep midwicket off the bowling of Mehidy Hasan Miraz for 40.
Mehidy struck again five balls later as he took out Tom Latham for a duck.
Taylor went on to score a 91-ball 82, which included nine boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Mosaddek.
De Grandhomme made 15 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Saifuddin, while James Neesham mustered 25 runs before he was removed by Mosaddek.
Even though Henry was clean bowled by Saifuddin for six runs, Santner led New Zealand across the finish line with his unbeaten knock of 17.
Mehidy, Saifuddin, Shakib and Mosaddek claimed two wickets each.
Taylor was named Man of the Match.