New Zealand wins its third CWC23 title despite a second Williamson injury.

New Zealand wins its third CWC23 title despite a second Williamson injury.

New Zealand has won three games in a row to begin their Cricket World Cup 2023 campaign, but it has come at a cost, with Kane Williamson retiring hurt with an apparent thumb injury.
The Kiwis won by eight wickets after chasing down Bangladesh’s 245 in Chennai. However, the victory was marred when the skipper was forced to retire hurt on 78.

Throughout the innings, Williamson looked tentative running between the wickets, but he was hurt when an infield throw struck his left hand while completing a run.

Bangladesh is also waiting for word on their captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who injured his left quad. The captain has left for scans and may be ruled out of the match against India on October 19.

Bangladesh 245/9 (50 overs) were defeated by New Zealand 248/2 (42.5).
Despite losing Rachin Ravindra early on, New Zealand appeared to be a cut above in the chase, beginning with an 80-run partnership between Devon Conway and the returning skipper, who replaced Will Young.

Conway was lbw to Shakib for 45, but it had little effect on the Black Caps, who were joined in the middle by the dependable Daryl Mitchell.

The No.4 displayed calm throughout his knock, almost belying the speed with which he travelled, hitting six fours and four sixes in his 89* from 67 balls. Glenn Phillips’ 16* (11) ensured a flying finish to boost the net run rate, despite his participation in the innings being forced due to his skipper’s injury.

Williamson attempted to continue playing after the incident, but was forced to leave the field after a second consultation with the team doctor. It’s unclear how serious the injury is, but his cautious running between the wickets is also cause for concern.

Earlier, New Zealand restricted Bangladesh to 245, taking the lead in the middle of Bangladesh’s innings, as Shakib Al Hasan’s side was kept at bay by a strong collective bowling effort.

Lockie Ferguson (3/49) and Mitchell Santner (1/31) were outstanding at wrestling control as Bangladesh fell from 152/4 to 180/7, with Ferguson eventually being named Player of the Match. Trent Boult capitalized on his teammates’ good work for the seventh wicket of the innings, bowling a knuckle slower ball to dismiss Towhid Hridoy for 13. Boult had taken his 200th ODI wicket.

Mahmudullah Riyad’s efforts to piece together the backend of the innings were largely futile, though he was aided by the tail, which scored 56 runs in the final ten overs.

Bangladesh’s innings got off to the worst possible start, with birthday boy Litton Das out on the first ball.Despite his outstanding performance in the previous game, the right-hander attempted to make a statement, but ended up finding Matt Henry on the boundary off the bowling of Boult. Along with Tanzid Hasan, all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraz helped calm the nerves with some intent-driven batting, but Lockie Ferguson put the Kiwis ahead when he dismissed Tanzid for 16.

Ferguson claimed Mehidy Hasan Miraz for his second wicket, and Najmul Hossain Shanto fell to Glenn Phillips for seven in the next over.

The Tigers then turned to their veterans for answers, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. With a fighting stand, the duo got Bangladesh’s innings back on track. Mushfiqur took the lead, batting quickly while rotating the strike, and Bangladesh reached 100 in the 21st over.

Shakib and Mushfiqur kept the repair job going after the mid-innings break. Shakib, too, got into the act after a slow start. In the 29th over, he hit a four and a six off Rachin Ravindra. He then hit a six against Ferguson in the next over. However, his aggressive behavior got the best of him on the next ball.

Ferguson tripped the captain, and Shakib’s pull was a top-edged ball that floated up and was eventually taken by keeper Tom Latham.

Mushfiqur’s 66-ball knock, which included six fours and two sixes, was finally ended in the 36th over when he was outfoxed by a slower one from Matt Henry.

XIs in action:

Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wk), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult are the New Zealand players.

Litton Das, Tanzid Hasan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Towhid Hridoy, Mahmudullah, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, and Shoriful Islam for Bangladesh.



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