Ross Taylor: Our bowlers need to take a lot of credit

Luke Ronchi congratulates Black Caps bowler Ish Sodhi after he bowled Mahmudullah of Bangladesh. Photo/Getty.
Luke Ronchi congratulates Black Caps bowler Ish Sodhi after he bowled Mahmudullah of Bangladesh. Photo/Getty.

The Black Caps are satisfied with a high quality all-round performance in their emphatic win over Bangladesh in their final pool match at the Twenty20 World Cup.

Captain Kane Willamson was pleased with the first innings batting effort in their 75-run victory at Eden Gardens, before the bowlers produced a clinical display to maintain their unbeaten record at the tournament.

Williamson led the way with 42 runs off 32 deliveries, helping New Zealand to 145 for eight from their 20 overs, while Grant Elliott and Ish Sodhi dominated with the ball to claim three wickets each to limit Bangladesh to just 70 runs in 16 overs.

The Kiwis now look ahead to Thursday's (NZT) opening semi-final against England, who toppled Sri Lanka by 10 runs earlier this morning.

"In the first innings with the bat, get partnerships together, get a total that we thought was very good on that wicket, and then the bowling was very clinical again," Williamson said.

Veteran batsman Ross Taylor was pleased with the side's tenacity throughout the pool stages and was full of praise for the efforts of Sodhi and Elliott.

"As the tournament's gone on I think we are winning those crucial moments and putting pressure on the opposition," Taylor said.

"The bowlers have got to take a lot of credit for the way this team has gone so far in this tournament.

"We don't want to get too carried away but you've got to enjoy the success of everybody, every bowler is playing its part.

"(There's) Still a long way to go but it's a pretty happy dressing room and (we're) looking forward to the semi-final."

Meanwhile, the White Ferns also booked their place in the semi-finals of the women's tournament, after inflicting a seven-wicket thrashing upon South Africa in Bengaluru.

South Africa started with the bat but New Zealand's bowlers restricted them to 99 with Sophie Devine and Leigh Kasperek claiming three wickets each.

The Ferns reined in the 100 runs needed in 15 overs with openers Suzie Bates and Rachel Priest combining for a 57-run partnership.

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