• Close shave: Kiwis avoid Tigers’ bite

    New Zealand successfully weathered a close shave – and avoided becoming Bangladesh’s second victim at the ongoing World Cup on Wednesday.

    The Black Caps won Wednesday’s encounter at the Oval in London, but were in danger of suffering a similar fate to South Africa at the same venue last week.

    The Proteas lost to the Bangladeshis on Sunday, but the Kiwis managed to overcome the threat and – alongside trans-Tasman neighbours Australia – are the only unbeaten team to have played two matches in the 2019 tournament so far.

    Pursuing a 245-run target, the New Zealanders were dominant en route to 191 for four inside 39 overs. The departure of half-centurion Ross Taylor, however, sparked a collapse that saw the Kiwis slip to 238 for eight.

    All-rounder Mitchell Santer and tail-ender Lockie Ferguson, though, quietened the Kiwis’ concern by capping victory with two wickets in hand and 17 deliveries to spare.

    Bangladesh are no longer considered ODI minnows – and will likely slay another proverbial giant this month.

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