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It was also another memorable Bangladesh triumph in Cardiff following their shock 2005 ODI win over Australia on this ground. "In the end, Bangladesh's strong will and commitment to the cause was greater than New Zealand's, which is why Mashrafe Mortaza's men are now within sight of a place in the semi-final".

By the time Shakib was bowled in the 47th over by an excellent yorker by Trent Boult, Bangladesh were on the verge of victory as they needed just nine runs from 21 deliveries.

The scenario of this penultimate Group A match was straightforward. If Australia come out on top, they will go through to the semi-finals at the expense of Bangladesh.

Bengal Tigers had lost four quick wickets for just 33 runs of which three wickets were taken by the in-form Tim Southee.

Struggling at 4-33, New Zealand's 265 seemed a long way off, but the record- setting partnership carried Bangladesh to 5-268 with 16 balls to spare.

If Australia beat England on Saturday, Bangladesh will not qualify for the semifinals.

"Tamim [Iqbal] always asks me why I can't finish a chase". They have been meeting quite regularly in the last six months, with New Zealand getting the better of most exchanges. And when Soumya Sarkar was lbw to Southee, Bangaladesh were 12 for three.

With Taylor not moving, Williamson turned but was run out as Shakib tidied up a wayward throw from Mossadek. Hats off Shakib and Mahmudullah, they batted simply superbly.

But Mahmudullah and Shakib-Al-Hasan - among the most experienced Bangladeshi batsmen - got together to show the cricketing world that this is a new Bangladesh which is not scared to show fight against the top teams in the world.

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New Zealand is out of the tournament with one point from three games.

Bangladesh opted for an extra bowler in pacer Taskin Ahmed, and included Mosaddek Hossain. With 3 points, Bangladesh are a point ahead of Australia and will go through in case of England's victory. If Australia beat England in their last group match at Edgbatson, both the two teams will be in the semifinals as they enjoy better net run-rate.

"This victory will give us the confidence that we can win a game from any situation", said Shakib, who does not celebrate the way others do after a personal or collective achievement.

"We have to wait now, but in the last three years we keep improving a lot. It will really boost the team", Mortaza said.

"Once the partnership got to a hundred I knew those two could make a difference".

"We know Tamim cannot get a score every time, but we have got some excellent players who can win games".

It all leaves Bangladesh and New Zealand needing to win in Wales and then hope England put one over their arch-rivals, assuming more bad weather does not disrupt those calculations.

"We knew it was going to be hard because conditions weren't that easy".

"But to be fair, on that surface we thought it was a scrappy total to get if we bowled really well", he said.

  • Regina Holmes