Kane Williamson leads New Zealand to third consecutive victory at the World Cup

New Zealand’s skipper, Kane Williamson, marked a triumphant return at the World Cup after recovering from an injury. The 2019 runners-up secured their third successive victory by defeating Bangladesh with a comfortable eightwicket margin in Chennai.

Chasing a target of 246 runs set by Bangladesh, New Zealand’s pace bowlers, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, and Matt Henry, showcased their prowess, leaving Bangladesh struggling.

Williamson, in his first competitive game since a knee ligament rupture in March, exhibited an impressive performance with a crucial halfcentury, scoring 78 runs. He formed a crucial 80-run partnership with Devon Conway (45) and later stayed strong alongside Daryl Mitchell (89 not out). However, Williamson had to retire hurt due to a finger injury. Despite this setback, New Zealand managed to reach the target in 42.5 overs.

During his innings, Williamson sustained a finger injury after being hit on his left thumb while completing a run. Additionally, he experienced some discomfort in his knee later in the game.

Mushfiqur Rahim (66) and Captain Shakib Al Hasan (40) attempted a comeback with a 96-run partnership after Bangladesh faced a shaky start due to careless strokeplay. Unfortunately, Bangladesh couldn’t capitalize on this effort, concluding their innings at 245-9.

Williamson, who had missed the victories against England and the Netherlands, chose to field first after winning the toss. The decision paid off immediately as Trent Boult (2-45) got Litton Das caught at fine leg with the first ball of the contest. Lockie Ferguson (3-49) showcased early pace and bounce, claiming the wickets of Tanzid Hasan (16) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (30). Glenn Phillips also contributed by dismissing Najmul Hossain Shanto in his first over, reducing Bangladesh to 56-4.

Shakib, battling an injury, fell while attempting to hit Ferguson for a six in the 30th over. Later, Mushfiqur’s stumps were shattered by Matt Henry (2-58), and despite a late surge by Mahmudullah (41 not out), Bangladesh could only muster a modest total.