Ruthless Kiwis thrash Bangla

newslandNew Zealand proved its class and professionalism once again when it thumped Bangladesh by 75 runs ina Group II encounter. Mustafizur Rehman superb bowling (22/5) restricted the Kiwis to 145/8 on a sticky wicket but his effort went futile as New Zealand dismissed the Bangladesh for just 70 runs in 15.4 overs. Medium pacer Grant Elliott (3-12) and legspinner Ish Sodhi (3-21) finished off the match quickly.

New Zealand topped the group with eight points from four victories after earlier beating hosts India, Australia and Pakistan. The Kiwis will now travel to New Delhi for the March 30 semi-final against the runners-up in Group 1. Bangladesh bowed out of the tourney after losing all its group matches that included a last-ball, 1-run loss against India.

Medaram Jathara

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