New Zealand beat Bangladesh in third T20I

Filed on September 5, 2021
New Zealand's Scott Kuggeleijn (left) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Bangladesh's Nasum Ahmed. — AFP

Bangladesh won the first two matches of the series respectively by seven wickets and four runs

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed a career-best 4-16 as New Zealand kept alive its Twenty20 series against Bangladesh with a thumping 52-run victory in the third game on Sunday.

Offspinner Cole McConchie (3-15) and left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (1-13) also played their part in dismissing Bangladesh for only 76 in 19.4 overs after New Zealand had recovered from 62-5 to a total of 128-5 on a slow surface.

It was Bangladesh’s joint second-lowest total in this format.

Bangladesh now leads the five-match series 2-1. Bangladesh won the first T20 by seven wickets and the second match by four runs. The fourth game is on Wednesday.

New Zealand’s Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell shared 66 runs for the unbeaten sixth wicket on Sunday. Nicholls was not out on 36 off 29 deliveries with Blundell undefeated on a run-a-ball 30.

“Tom (Blundell) and Henry (Nicholls) absorbed the pressure,” New Zealand skipper Tom Latham said. “I thought the spinners were fantastic in all three games ... I still feel we have a bit left in the tank for a complete performance.”

After opting to bat first, New Zealand made a disappointing start. Finn Allen was out for 15 and fellow opener Rachin Ravindra also perished to a big shot when he appeared set to flourish with a 20-ball 20.

Bangladesh pacer Mohammad Saifuddin (2-28) struck twice in an over, dismissing Will Young (20) and Colin de Grandhome (0).

A big blow for New Zealand came when offspinner Mahedi Hasan got rid of Latham (5) with a return catch.

Nicholls and Blundell resisted and, playing with caution, they helped the side reach a total good enough to defend.

It got better when McConchie removed Bangladesh opener Liton Das (15), who had made an aggressive start by hitting three fours in the first two overs.

Patel then came into action and immediately made an impact with a double strike that included the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, who played a rash shot to be out for a duck.

Ravidra dismissed opener Mohammad Naim (13) with Bangladesh relying on senior batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim (20 not out) and captain Mahmudullah to bring them back into contention.

But Patel was relentless as he removed Mahmudullah for 3 on his 100th T20 match and Afif Hossain in consecutive deliveries, leaving Bangladesh on 43-6 from which it never recovered.

“We started well, but we lost wickets in a cluster, and couldn’t capitalize on it,” Mahmudullah said. “What was missing were the partnerships but hopefully we can come back hard.”


New Zealand innings

Finn Allen c Mahmudullah b Mustafizur 15

Rachin Ravindra b Mahmudullah 20

Will Young lbw b Saifuddin 20

Colin de Grandhomme lbw b Saifuddin 0

Tom Latham c & b Mahedi 5

Henry Nicholls not out 36

Tom Blundell not out 30

Extras (w2)

Total (five wickets; 20 overs) 128

Did not bat: Cole McConchie, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ajaz Patel, Jacob Duffy

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Allen), 2-46 (Young), 3-46 (De Grandhomme), 4-58 (Ravindra), 5-62 (Latham)

Bowling: Mahedi 4-0-27-1, Nasum 2-0-10-0, Mustafizur 4-1-29-1 (w1), Shakib 4-0-24-0, Saifuddin 4-0-28-2 (w1), Mahmudullah 2-0-10-1

Bangladesh innings

Mohammad Naim b Ravindra 13

Liton Das lbw b McConchie 15

Mahedi Hasan c Nicholls b Patel 1

Shakib Al Hasan c McConchie b Patel 0

Mushfiqur Rahim not out 20

Mahmudullah Riyad c Nicholls b Patel 3

Afif Hossain b Patel 0

Nurul Hasan c Blundell b McConchie 8

Mohammad Saifuddin lbw b McConchie 8

Nasum Ahmed b Kuggeleijn 1

Mustafizur Rahman sub b de Grandhomme 4

Extras (lb1, w3) 4

Total (all out 19.3 overs) 76

Fall of wickets: 1-23 (Liton Das) 2-24 (Mahedi Hasan), 3-25 (Shakib Al Hasan), 4-32 (Naim), 5-43 (Mahmudullah), 6-43 (Afif Hossain), 7-57 (Nurul), 8-66 (Saifuddin), 9-70 (Nasum)

Bowling: Duffy 4-0-15-0, Patel 4-0-16-4 (w1), McConchie 4-0-15-3, Ravindra 4-0-13-1, Kuggeleijn 3-0-14-1 (w2), Colin de Grandhomme 0.4-0-3-1

Result: New Zealand won by 52 runs

Toss: New Zealand

Umpires: Masudur Rahman (BAN), Sharfuddoula Saikat (BAN)

TV Umpire: Gazi Sohel (BAN)

Match Referee: Neeyamur Rashid (BAN)

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