Martin Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with a knock of 105 off 100 balls, bagging the Man of the Match award © Getty Images
Martin Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with a knock of 105 off 100 balls, bagging the Man of the Match award © Getty Images

New Zealand won a nail-biting contest against Bangladesh by three wickets in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Pool A fixture at the Seddon Park in Hamilton, chasing the 289-run target down with seven balls to spare. Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee were batting on scores of 16 and 12 respectively, with the latter hitting the winning runs for his side. New Zealand played their last game of the league stage, finishing firmly on top of the group with six wins in as many games, with the latest win against Bangladesh adding two points to their kitty. Scorecard: Bangladesh vs New Zealand

New Zealand were off to a flying start during their chase of the challenging target set by Bangladesh, with a couple of early boundaries taking the Kiwis to 27 for no loss in the first four overs. Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who opened the bowling for his team along with Taijul Islam, removed his New Zealand counterpart Brendon McCullum for a run-a-ball eight after the latter was caught by Soumya Sarkar at long-off.  The Black Caps were in a serious spot of bother when star batsman Kane Williamson after scoring a solitary run, getting caught by Tamim Iqbal to give Shakib his second wicket of the innings. Updates: Bangladesh vs New Zealand

Opening batsman Martin Guptill then began to rebuild the New Zealand innings with n0. 4 batsman Ross Taylor. The two peppered the ground with boundaries and sixes, with Guptill handling the Bangladeshi spin with ease. Taylor provided support on the other end, taking his time to get the runs. The pair soon brought up the 100-run partnership for the third wicket, with the match swinging firmly in New Zealand’s favour. Guptill soon brought up his sixth century, making him the joint fourth in the list of most centuries by a New Zealand batsman in ODIs. Taylor, in the meantime, became the fourth New Zealand batsman to complete 5,000 ODI runs. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Complete Coverage

The party ended for Guptill after he was caught by Rubel Hossain off the bowling of Shakib, who took his third wicket in the process. Taylor brought up his half-century while sharing a 46-run stand with Grant Elliott for the fourth wicket. South Africa-born Elliott hit five fours and a six during his innings that lasted 34 balls, before serving a catch to Taskin Ahmed off the bowling of Rubel Hossain. ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: SCHEDULE & MATCH DETAILS

Taylor followed Elliott back to the pavilion some time later, getting trapped leg before off the bowling of Nasir Hossain. Taylor went for the review, which went against him, departing for a score of 56. His dismissal was the beginning of some late drama, as the Black Caps went on to lose two  more wickets, amidst some hard-hitting by Corey Anderson. Shakib took his fourth wicket of the innings, removing wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi for a score of nine off 10 deliveries. Top 10 batsmen in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Anderson smashed three sixes and as many boundaries, as he looked to single-handedly finish the innings for his side. He however, missed the line of a Nasir delivery completely as he was bowled for a score of 39 off 26 balls as New Zealand lost their seventh wicket. With the match poised for a thrilling finish, Vettori and Southee decided to end things early with a couple of sixes and a four. Top 10 bowlers in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Bangladesh earlier finished on a score of 288 for the loss of seven wickets, with Mahmudullah starring with the bat by bringing up his second ODI hundred. He became the first-ever Bangladeshi batsman to score back-to-back World Cup hundreds as he helped his side recover from a stutter early in their innings, in which they lost their first couple of wickets with 27 runs on board. He was well-supported by Soumya Sarkar (51 off 58), who brought up his maiden ODI fifty, as well as Sabbir Rahman (40 off 23 balls). Top 10 fielders in ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 288 for 7 after 50 overs (Soumya Sarkar 51, Mahmudullah 128*, Sabbir Rahman 40; Corey Anderson 2 for 43) lost to New Zealand 290 for 7 in 48.5 overs (Martin Guptill 105; Ross Taylor 56; Shakib Al Hasan 4 for 55) by three wickets.

Man of the Match: Martin Guptill.

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