New Zealand captain Kane Williamson marked his comeback with a brilliant innings, scoring 78 runs, while Daryl Mitchell contributed 89 runs as they led their team to a commanding 8-wicket victory over Bangladesh at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Bangladesh faced early setbacks as openers Litton Das and Tanzid Hasan were dismissed cheaply. Mehidy Hasan’s 30 runs provided some impetus, and later, Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 40 and 66 runs respectively, taking Bangladesh’s total to 245. Mahmudullah’s unbeaten 41-run knock further bolstered the score.
In response, New Zealand had a solid start with Daryl Mitchell scoring 45 runs, although Rachin Ravindra managed only 9 runs before being dismissed. However, Mitchell and Williamson combined forces, forging a crucial partnership that paved the way for victory. Williamson, unfortunately, had to retire hurt after his impressive 78-run innings, but Daryl Mitchell continued his fine form, steering the team to triumph alongside Glenn Phillips, who contributed 16 runs in the successful chase.