New Zealand secured their second World Cup win in a row with a narrow two-wicket win against Bangladesh in the first day-night match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup at The Oval.
During a shaky start as they chased 245 to win, Kiwi captain Kane Williamson should have been run out for eight, but Tigers keeper Mushfiqur Rahim broke the stumps before gathering the ball.
Williamson (40) and Ross Taylor took advantage to guide their side to 160-2, only to slip to 191-5 once Taylor departed for 82.
Bangladesh were buzzing in front of their fervent fans and struck twice in quick succession to remove Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme and leave New Zealand 218-7, needing 27 from 39 balls.
Matt Henry was bowled by Mohammad Saifuddin with seven required but Lockie Ferguson edged for four and Mitchell Santner (17 not out) drove to the boundary to guide his side home with 17 balls to spare.
Earlier, the Black Caps’ superb bowling attack, led by Henry (4-47), took regular wickets to dismiss Bangladesh for 244 off 49.2 overs despite Shakib Al Hasan hitting 64 and several other batsmen making starts.
Had the Kiwi bowlers not done such a fine restricting job, Bangladesh would likely have completed a superb fightback.