Spinners turned things around again for Bangladesh as they beat New Zealand by four runs in the second T20I Friday at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.
By chasing 142 to win, the visitors were able to reach only 137/5, with only 4 runs less than the total from Bangladesh. NZ skipper Tom Latham led from the front and remained unbeaten on 67 of 49 deliveries, but did not get enough support from other batsmen. Will Young was with 22 runs the second highest run for the Black Caps.
For the hosts, Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan was the choice of the bowlers and each took a few wickets. While Hasan sent back Tom Blundell and Henry Nicholls, Shakib turned down Rachin Ravindra and Young. Hasan conceded 12 runs in 4 overs, while Shakib gave up 29 runs in as many overs.
Formerly the captain of Bangladesh Mahmudullah won the toss and chose to bat first. Openers Mohammad Naim (39 of 39) and Liton Das (33 of 29) put up 59 runs in 9.3 overs to get the home side off to a flying start. However, Ravindra let the brakes run by claiming consecutive deliveries on two wickets. Soon he picked up another scalp to complete his three wickets.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah played an unbeaten run of 37 runs to help his team on the set over 141/6 on the board.
‘In T20s you get such close games. Happy to achieve the victory; that’s what matters. Mustafizur keeps his nerves in check. I had a little bit of confidence in him to deliver it, and he did. Mahedi bowled well, he made early breakthroughs. The wicket got better under lights. We believe we are a great team in this format. We are happy to continue this series (eight victories this calendar year), ” said Mahmudullah while receiving the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
– Mehidy Hasan Miraz (@Officialmiraz) 3 September 2021
What a thriller 🔥
Bangladesh are determined to limit New Zealand to 137/5 and secure a four-run victory in the second T20I.
– ICC (@ICC) 3 September 2021
Bangladesh’s last 8 T20Is:
– Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) 3 September 2021
Wow, what a match in Dhaka. To the wire. @BCBtigers take 2 by 4 runs. Tom Latham finishes 65 * (his highest T20I score) with Cole McConchie 15 *. LIVE count | https://t.co/v925pLdZ6j #BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/kZMwLoAOhB
– BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 3 September 2021
Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) 3 September 2021
Most T20Is won by men from Bangladesh in one year: –
8 * – in 2021
7 – in 2016
5 – in 2018
4 – in 2012, 2019#BANvNZ
– Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) 3 September 2021
What a finish! NZ come so close, but Bangladesh win by 4 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the 5-match series.
Brave attempt by Captain Tom Latham (67 * of 49), but it was not enough #BANvNZ
– ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) 3 September 2021
.@BCBtigers knock @BLACKCAPS with 4 runs in the second # Twenty20 International match Friday in Dhaka. The hosts now lead 2-0 in the five-match T20I series. #BAN #BANvsNZ #BANvNZ #RiseOfTheTigers pic.twitter.com/UfncUZs45f
– Nurunnaby Chowdhury (@nhasive) 3 September 2021
Bangladesh beat New Zealand 4 runs in the second T20 and took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series – Bangladesh Tigers still dominate at home, but a brilliant fight by captain Tom Latham with 67 * (49).
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 3 September 2021
Rugby win against Kiwis 💥🤟
– Zubaer Ahmed (@ zubaer_ahmed10) 3 September 2021