New Zealand locked horns with Bangladesh in the 11th match of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 on October 13, Friday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. While New Zealand were coming on the back of two wins in the tournament, the Bangla Tigers had faced a loss after winning their season opener against Afghanistan. The game saw Kane Williamson playing his first match of the tournament after being benched out of previous games due to health issues.
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The Kiwi skipper won the toss and inviting Shakib Al Hasan's team to bat first. The game that the Black Caps displayed against their Bangla rivals clearly showed that they were riding high on confidence. Williamson and Co. got their first success of the game on the first ball as Litton Das was forced to return to the pavilion.
While Bangladesh team were looking forward to playing big hits, the Kiwi bowling unit showed no mercy and pulled wickets seamlessly. The highest run-scorer on Bangladesh's side was Mushfiqur Rahim, who played an inning of 66 runs off 75 balls.
With their lethal bowling efforts, New Zealand restricted their opponents at a nominal score of 245 runs at the loss of nine wickets. Kiwi youngster Rachin Ravindra, who performed brilliantly well in his maiden World Cup game failed to deliver a good performance and went back to the pavilion after scoring just nine runs.
However, the knocks of Devon Conway, skipper Williamson and Daryl Mitchell helped them chase the target easily. Mitchell pulled a brilliant maximum to help the team record their third consecutive win of the season, with a margin of eight wickets.