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World Cup memories: New Zealand v Bangladesh

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Ahead of the start of New Zealand and Bangladesh’s ODI series, we look back at their meetings at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

They’ve met on four occasions since Bangladesh’s debut appearance at the World Cup in 1999, with the Black Caps maintaining a 100% record against the Tigers.

We wind the clocks back and look at each of their World Cup clashes.

17 May 1999, Chelmsford
New Zealand won by 6 wickets

There have been epic kit clashes between the sides as well as cricket clashes
There have been epic kit clashes between the sides as well as cricket clashes

New Zealand were Bangladesh’s first-ever opponents at the Cricket World Cup, as the sides met in Chelmsford during the 1999 World Cup.

It was far from a dream start to World Cup cricket for Bangladesh, with New Zealand’s attack proving too strong for the Tigers, bowling them out for just 116.

Geoff Allott, Chris Cairns and Gavin Larsen all took three wickets as Bangladesh were skittled in 37.4 overs.

It took New Zealand just 33 overs to complete the chase, winning the game with six wickets to spare.

26 February 2003, Kimberley
New Zealand won by 7 wickets

Fleming and Styris starred in New Zealand's 2007 win
Fleming and Styris starred in New Zealand's 2007 win

The sides’ next meeting came at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, with New Zealand once again claiming a comfortable victory.

Despite a half-century from Mohammad Ashraful and 41* from Mohammad Rafique, Bangladesh were restricted to 198/7 from their 50 overs.

New Zealand lost just three wickets chasing the target, with opener Craig McMillan top-scoring with 75 as they eased to victory.

2 April 2007, Antigua
New Zealand won by 9 wickets

New Zealand have won every World Cup clash between themselves and Bangladesh so far
New Zealand have won every World Cup clash between themselves and Bangladesh so far

New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming led his side to a big victory over Bangladesh at the 2007 World Cup with a fine unbeaten century.

Bangladesh batted first in Antigua and were bowled out for 174 – Scott Styris finishing with 4/43.

In reply, Fleming led from the front, hitting 10 fours and three sixes on his way to an unbeaten century, as New Zealand knocked off the target in 29.2 overs.

13 March 2015, Hamilton
New Zealand won by 3 wickets

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Mahmudullah, 128 vs New Zealand
Mahmudullah, 128 vs New Zealand

New Zealand and Bangladesh’s tightest World Cup clash came at their most recent meeting in 2015.

Mahmudullah stole the headlines for the Tigers, hitting the highest score by a Bangladesh player in World Cup history: 128. His century helped Bangladesh reach a more than respectable 288/7.

Despite a century from Martin Guptill, New Zealand’s chase was far from straightforward. Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan took 4/55 to help his side’s cause, but Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee helped the Black Caps over the line with just seven balls and three wickets to spare.

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Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 England 3 +1.045 6
2 Bangladesh 3 +0.000 3
3 Australia 3 -0.992 2
4 New Zealand 3 -1.058 1

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Pos Team P NRR Pts
1 India 3 +1.370 4
2 Pakistan 3 -0.680 4
3 South Africa 3 +0.167 2
4 Sri Lanka 3 -0.798 2

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