Advertisement

Bangladesh jump up ICC rankings

Form in final tri-series ODI sets Bangladesh up for Champions Trophy bid

Bangladesh will head into the Champions Trophy ranked in the top six one-day international teams, after their historic victory over New Zealand in Dublin.

The five-wicket win over fourth-ranked New Zealand saw Bangladesh climb into the ICC's top six for the first time.

They are level on 93 points with seventh-ranked Sri Lanka, but when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Bangladesh sit on 93.3 points compared to Sri Lanka’s 92.8.

It means Bangladesh sit above former World Cup winners Sri Lanka, Pakistan and the West Indies.

While Bangladesh still have two more warm-up matches before their Champions Trophy opener, captain Mashrafe Mortaza admits their victory over New Zealand sends them to England with confidence high.

"The warm-up games will be important, wickets will be different from here but we will learn something from the games against Pakistan and India, so they are two big games," said Mortaza following Wednesday's game.

"We missed out in the first game against Ireland and the first game against New Zealand was tough but we did really well in last two games and confidence is high at the moment."

Quick single: Bangladesh stun NZ in historic win

New Zealand, after half-centuries from skipper Tom Latham (84), Neil Broom (63) and Ross Taylor (60 not out), slumped from 3-208 to finish on 8-270 while in their winning reply Bangladesh soared from 5-199 to 5-271, reaching their target with 10 balls to spare.

The stars in the sixth-wicket partnership were Mushfiqur Rahim who finished 45 not out from 45 balls and Mahmudullah with 46 not out from just 36 balls with six fours and a six which included his 3,000 one-day international run in his 141st match.

"Mahmudullah is very experienced," said his captain. "You can't buy experience and in our batting side we also have Tamim and Shakib, who is not in the best mood but I'm sure he will come back and Mushy and Mahmudullah are also in the runs so hopefully we can go on from here."

England punish Proteas in 72-run win

Latham was named player of the series after adding to the century he scored against Ireland in their previous game, but he praised the players who came into this series to replace those still at the Indian Premier League.

"Guys not usually in the side have stepped up like Hamish Bennett, Scott Kuggeleijn and Colin Munro, they all played a part throughout the series and that's good for the depth of New Zealand cricket," he said.

"We've two more games and the squad will change (he hands over the captaincy to Kane Williamson) so it gives us time to jell together as a group, but the cricket we have played in this series has been pretty good and it will stand us in good stead for the Champions Trophy and the first game against Australia."

But Latham refused to admit that Bangladesh have the upper hand when the teams meet again in Cardiff on June 9.

"Credit to Bangladesh today, they batted very well and paced their innings perfectly," he said.

"We couldn't get over the line but we beat them last week and when we play again in the last group game in the Champions Trophy we have to start again and so do they."

Ashes tickets are on sale now