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Ross Taylor’s 82 off 91 balls was studded with nine boundaries. @ AFP

Ross Taylor smashed a brilliant 82 under pressure, while Matt Henry pocketed four wickets to help New Zealand pocket their second win following an edge of the seat two-wicket win over Bangladesh in Match 9 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Kennington Oval in London on Wednesday.

Chasing 245, New Zealand got off to a flier courtesy Martin Guptill (24 off 14), but he along with his opening partner Colin Munro were sent back early by Shakib Al Hasan, appearing in his 200th one-day international.

Captain Kane Williamson and Taylor then stitched together a 105-run partnership and New Zealand were cruising towards the victory until Williamson chipped one in the air to deep mid-wicket. That triggered a batting collapse as the pressure of chasing down a total in a World cup game got to them.

They lost three wickets for 27 runs before Mitchell Santner (17 not out) and Lockie Ferguson (four not out) saw them to a victory achieved with 17 balls to spare.

Earlier, paceman Henry grabbed four wickets as New Zealand bowled Bangladesh out for 244. Henry finished with figures of 4/47 to follow his three wickets against Sri Lanka as Bangladesh – sent in to bat – lost their last six wickets for just 65 runs.

Bangladesh allrounder Shakib hit a fighting 68-ball 64 with seven boundaries in his 200th one-day international but no other batsmen cashed in on good starts.

Once Shakib was caught by wicketkeeper Tom Latham off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme in the 31st over, the innings fell apart.

Mohammad Mitun (26), Mahmudullah (20) and Mosadeek Hossain (11) all failed to build a significant innings.

Tailender Mohammad Saifuddin hit a 23-ball 29 with a six and three boundaries before Henry and Trent Boult (2-44) mopped up the tail.

Openers Tamim Iqbal, who made 24, and Soumya Sarkar, who scored 25, gave Bangladesh a solid base, putting on 45 runs for the first wicket.

But Henry made the breakthrough for New Zealand, bowling Sarkar in the ninth over. That brought Shakib to the crease, much to the appreciation of a large contingent of Bangladeshi supporters.

Iqbal was out shortly afterwards, caught by Boult off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson, to leave Bangladesh 60-2.

Mushfiqur Rahim rebuilt the innings with Shakib, putting on exactly 50 for the third wicket before he was run out for 19.

Both New Zealand and Bangladesh won their first matches at the World Cup, taking place in England and Wales.

New Zealand crushed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets at Cardiff while Bangladesh beat South Africa.

Brief scores: New Zealand 248/8 (Ross Taylor 82, Kane Williamson 40; Mosaddek Hossain 2/33) beat Bangladesh 244 all out in 49.2 overs (Shakib Al Hasan 64; Matt Henry 4/47, Trent Boult 2/44) by 2 wickets

(With inputs from AFP)