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Kane Williamson injury scare as New Zealand beat Bangladesh at Cricket World Cup

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson receives treatment after being struck on the thumb during the World Cup win over Bangladesh on October 13, 2023. AFP

Kane Williamson made a powerful return to the crease on Friday as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by eight wickets within the World Cup.

However the batter has given the Black Caps an harm scare after he was pressured to retire harm on 78 following an unfortunate blow to the thumb from a fielder’s throw.

In his first recreation again since selecting up a critical knee harm throughout the Indian Premier League in April, captain Williamson produced an assured efficiency along with his knock coming off 107 balls, together with one six and eight fours.

However Williamson was left in agony after a freak incident when, after working a snug single, the ball thrown in from the deep struck him on the thumb of the highest hand, jamming it towards the bat deal with.

He stayed on after receiving remedy however then left the sector with New Zealand having simply handed the 200-mark as they closed in on Bangladesh’s 249-5 off their 50 overs.

“Not [sure] simply but,” mentioned Williamson of his injured thumb. “It acquired a bit fats and vibrant right away which made holding the bat troublesome. I am going to have a scan tomorrow and hopefully it is OK.”

Williamson’s exit didn’t cease New Zealand’s stroll to victory, although, as Daryll Mitchell (89 not out) smashed a six to make it three wins out of three and take them high of the desk.

“It was a basic crew effort from the Black Caps,” mentioned participant of the match Lockie Ferguson, who took 3-49 at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

“Everybody bowled nicely and created stress all through. It meant I may come and do my function and happily the wicket gave me some help at this time.

“In comparison with what we had at Hyderabad this had a little bit extra bounce so I examined it out earlier with the brand new ball and if it labored I’d follow it. It was a great all-round efficiency by the boys at this time. We play Afghanistan right here and hopefully it will likely be the same wicket.

“It is early phases for positive however it’s good to have three wins. We’re having fun with our time right here and the group has been nice. There is a lengthy solution to go and looking out ahead to the following match.”

New Zealand, runners-up on the 2015 and 2019 World Cups, had already defeated defending champions England in addition to outsiders Netherlands in India.

Bangladesh defeated Afghanistan after which misplaced to England.

Earlier, Mushfiqur Rahim hit a nice half century to guide Bangladesh to 245-9 whereas veteran Black Caps quick bowler Trent Boult claimed a 2 hundredth one-day worldwide wicket.

Mushfiqur made 66 off 75 balls with six fours and two sixes, taking his variety of fifties within the format to 48 having additionally hit a half-century towards England three days in the past.

The 36-year-old, taking part in in his 259th ODI, shared a vital 96-run fourth wicket partnership with captain Shakib Al Hasan (40) to assist their crew get better from 56-4.

Mushfiqur’s brother-in-law Mahmudullah, batting at No 8, added a precious undefeated 41, whereas Ferguson did the harm for New Zealand with Boult and Matt Henry claiming two wickets every.

New Zealand comfortably wrapped up their third win in a row with 43 balls to spare. Williamson had placed on a second-wicket stand of 80 with opener Devon Conway (45) after which 108 with Mitchell to place facet on highway to win.

Mitchell completed it in model with a large heave for six off Bangladesh seamer Shoriful Islam and completed undefeated off 67 deliveries, scoring six fours and 4 sixes.

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