Kimberley: Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud and Mohammad Rafique lashed out at the New Zealand bowlers to help their team make 198 for seven from 50 overs in the World Cup Group 'B' match on Wednesday.
The pair smashed 70 off 60 balls for the unbroken eighth wicket after Bangladesh, electing to bat first at the De Beers Oval, was reduced to 128-7 by the 39th over. Mashud returned unbeaten on 35 while Rafique hit three boundaries and two sixes in his 41 off 42 balls. The late charge, however, may not be enough for Bangladesh to prevent its 28th defeat in the last 30 matches as the Kiwis need just four runs an over to win.
New Zealand, grappling with hosts South Africa, West Indies, Sri Lanka and Kenya for the three Super Sixes berths from the group, appeared startled by the big hitting towards the end. It undid the fine work by left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori who had kept the batsmen under a tight leash by conceding just 19 runs in his 10 overs. Shane Bond and Jacob Oram picked up three wickets each, but fellow seamer Andre Adams was plundered for 50 runs in his 10-over spell.
Young batsman Mohammad Ashraful had earlier held the top order together with a stylish 56 before he gave Bond a return catch. But four other top order batsmen failed to reach double figures, before Mashud and Rafique repaired the damage with the slog in the end. Copyright AFP 2001