Bangladesh hit New Zealand by six wickets in the fourth T20I to take the unbeaten 3-1 lead in the five-match series.
The hosts chased down the small goal of 94 runs and completed the match in 19.1 overs with six wickets in hand. Although Bangladesh lost their three wickets for 35, but a few key partnerships helped them register the victory. Opener Mohammad Naim made an important 29 runs before meeting an outlet.
Captain Mahmudullah top score with unbeaten 43 off 48 balls with the help of one four and two sixes to get his team over the finish line. For the tourists, Ajaz Patel takes two wickets for nine runs in his quota of 4 overs.
Bangladesh was packaged earlier New Zealand for only a score of 93 runs in 19.3 overs. Nasum Ahmed was the choice of the bowler for the home team.
The left-arm spinner took a four-wicket haul for just 10 runs in his 4-over quota, including two girls. Nasum fired both openers Rachin Ravindra (0) and Finn Allen (12) before sending back Henry Nichols (1) and Colin de Grandhomme (0) to complete his four-fer.
Just like Nasum, pacer Mustafizur Rahman also shone with the ball and picked up as many as four headers in 3.3 overs while conceding just 12 runs. Will Young, with 46 off 48 balls, was the top scorer for the Kiwis. Apart from Young, sole captain Tom Latham (12) and Allen was able to reach double digits.
‘It feels great to win the series, and I feel really happy. My skipper told me to support my strengths, dry off the runs, and that’s what I did. There was a turn in the field, so I was not worried about variations, but just stuck to the basics. “ said Nasum after receiving the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
– MASHRAFE BIN MORTAZA🌀 (@mashrafebd) 8 September 2021
– Shoriful Islam (@ Shoriful_47) 8 September 2021
Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) 8 September 2021
Bangladesh come home in the final thanks to a captain’s beat of Mahmudullah (43 * of 48).
Patel was again a major threat with 2-9, while Ravindra conceded only 8 runs from his 4 overs. @BCBtigers claims the T20I Series 3-1 with a match taking place on Friday. #BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/QGnThUsPy0
– BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 8 September 2021
Cheapest 4+ wickets in Bangladesh:
5/3 (3.3) – Rangana Herath v NZ, 2014WC
4/9 (3.4) – Shakib Al Hasan v AUS 2021
4/10 (4) – Nasum Ahmed teen NZ 2021 👈 👈
4/11 – R Ashwin v AUS, 2014WC
– lFlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) 8 September 2021
Bangladesh hold their nerves to win the fourth T20I against New Zealand with six wickets in hand!
– ICC (@ICC) 8 September 2021
Hard day 😢 Congratulations 🇧🇩 on sealing the series with 3-1 👏 Far better side 👍🏽 Kudos Nasum Ahmed for his 🔥 bowling 👏 I also appeal to my fellow Blackcaps to NOT make excuses like the field or ‘C-team’! Honor Bangladesh and make sure we acknowledge our mistakes#BANvsNZ #Cricket pic.twitter.com/mtOkB4ATji
– sivy 🇳🇿 (@ Sivy62) 8 September 2021
#Congratulations about another series #victory for #Bangladesj! Fantastic bowling by Nasum and Mustafizur! Beautiful finish by Captain Mahmudullah! Looking forward to the last game of the series.#BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/a8eGAAARtJ
– Soherto Ahmed (@SohertoAhmed) 8 September 2021
– Abul Hasanat (@iamhasanat) 8 September 2021
– (@itsmeSehrish) 8 September 2021