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Bangladesh to pass ordeal to win do-or-die match

Bangladesh will have to pass an ordeal to win the do-or-die match as host New Zealand have posted a massive target of 209 runs in the fifth match of the tri-nation series at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan won the toss and elected to field first.

Inserted to bat, the hosts got off to a flying start with Finn Allen. He was dismissed in the powerplay but Bangladesh could not control the scoring rate.

The ever-consistent Devon Conway notched up his sixth T20 fifty with classy strokes.

Martin Guptill looked tentative at the start but he managed to hit a few boundaries and lift his strike rate above 100. The senior New Zealand batter perished to a full toss.

After that, 25-year-old Glenn Phillips came in and wasted a little time to get off the blocks and hit boundaries for fun as he got to his half-ton off just 19 deliveries. He hit all around the park and scored at an outstanding strike rate of 250.

For Bangladesh, Mohammad Saifuddin and Ebadot Hossain bagged two wickets each while Shoriful Islam picked up one wicket. However, no bowler could control the run rate. Each of them conceded too many runs.

Bangladesh ought to win this to stay alive in this tri-series and it is going to be a herculean task for them.