The 11th match of the ongoing ODI World Cup 2032 took place between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. New Zealand’s pace bowler, Lockie Ferguson, employed a strategy of bowling short balls that proved to be effective against the Bangladeshi batters. This tactic resulted in wickets falling at regular intervals for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Shakib Al Hasan attempted to stabilize the innings with a 96-run partnership, but their efforts were short-lived.

Ferguson’s consistent use of short balls continued to trouble the Bangladesh batters, leading to a sudden collapse in their batting line-up. Despite a late surge by Mahmudullah, Bangladesh could only manage to post a below-par total of 245/9. Mushfiqur Rahim was the standout performer with the bat, scoring 66 runs.

In their chase, New Zealand initially faced some challenges as they scored just 37 runs for the loss of one wicket in the first ten overs. However, captain Kane Williamson and Devon Conway formed a brilliant partnership for the second wicket, stabilizing the innings. Unfortunately, Kane had to retire after playing a superb knock of 78 runs. Daryl Mitchell then stepped up and played a crucial role in guiding his team to victory with an outstanding knock of 89 runs and helped New Zealand to ultimately win the match by eight wickets.

POTM Lockie Ferguson said:

It was a classic team effort from the Black Caps. Everyone bowled really, created pressure throughout and then I could come in and do my role. Compared to what we had in Hyderabad this had more bounce, I tried to test it out early and if it is working then stick to it, I pushed them back and then bowled the full ball. It is early stages but nice to get three wins. We are enjoying our time and the group is being great back together, looking forward to the next game. Fortunately I have got that experience (of travelling across India), I haven’t played here much but it’s nice to get around and see some pace in the wicket, playing Afghanistan here next and hopefully the same wicket.

Winning Skipper Kane Williamson said:

[on the knock to his thumb] Just made holding the bat a little tough. Secondary to the thumb (laughs). The guys in the first half with the ball were excellent. Was nice to build partnerships and take it deep. Midway through the powerplay we thought we can hit the deck a little hard. Good competitive wicket. Really good team performance. Lockie was outstanding. The seam bowlers were really effective. He hasn’t had the good fortune. Was nice to be out there and be part of some of the partnerships. Just scrapped through the new ball. Great team performance. Mitchell is a great contributor. He is a team first guy. He has been great to watch.

Losing skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto said:

(Comes in to talk in place of Shakib): [on Shakib] He is going for his scans. We will know after that. We didn’t bat well. We didn’t start well. We batted poorly even in the last game in the first 10-15 overs. The wicket looks good. Some bounce with the new ball. We have to bat little responsibly. If we bat a little carefully in the first 10-15, then we can do well. Our pace bowlers did well. I think the biggest improvement has been our fast bowling department. We will have to bat well.

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