New Zealand defeat Bangladesh in the fifth and final T20 International (T20I) with 27 runs on Friday. Kiwi skipper Tom Latham led from the front and surpassed the opposition with his brilliant batting performance.
Latham broke his second half of the series and scored the leg of five games as the highest scorer. He scored an unbeaten 50 in the last T20I to take his total of runs to 159. Apart from the captain, opener Vind Allen scored 41 runs from 24 deliveries, including 4 fours and three sixes.
The Black Caps, who rode on Latham and Allen’s batting performance, put 161/5 on the scoreboard in their allotted 20 overs. Henry Nicholls (20) and Cole McConchie (No. 17) made valuable contributions in the order.
For the home team, Foreign Islam took two wickets for 48 runs in 4 overs. Captain Mahmudullah was their cheapest bowler as he conceded only 17 runs in 3 overs.
In response, Bangladesh could only reach 134/8 and lose the match by 27 runs. Medium order batter Afif Hossain with an unbeaten 49, was the top scorer for his team.
Ajaz Patel shone again with the ball for the visitors and took two wickets for just 21 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Pacer Scott Kuggeleijn also bagged a couple of caps for 23 runs in 3 overs.
‘It’s great to end the tour on a high; we were able to put all the pieces together after getting close in the first four games of the series. The openers set the platform, they play with freedom and let the middle order take their time and finish well in the back. The bowlers were fantastic the whole series, and again they showed their learning from the previous games. Nice to spend time in the middle; I have not played much T20 cricket yet; it is pleasant to achieve in other circumstances at home, ” said Latham after the game.
Here’s how Twitter responded:
New Zealand wins the last T20I by 27 runs.
– ICC (@ICC) 10 September 2021
Start with a win to finish the series! @AjazP leads the bowling effort again 2-21 and finishes as the best wicketkeeper in the series. Congratulations to @BCBtigers takes the series 3-2 overall in Dhaka. Scorecard | https://t.co/PbxliXz30I #BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/DqclRukGrN
– BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 10 September 2021
Tom Latham in the T20 Series vs Bangladesh: 18 (25), 65 * (49), 5 (9), 21 (26), 50 * (37) – played in difficult conditions when spinners dominated, but Kiwi – captain was one man army in most cases. Good fight, Tom. pic.twitter.com/G6aaIASNgu
– Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) 10 September 2021
Another 50 series for NZ captain Tom Latham 👏👏
– Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) 10 September 2021
NZ wins the last T20I by 27 runs while Bangladesh wins the series 3-2
Good fight series !!! #BANvNZ
– ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) 10 September 2021
What a year it has been for Bangladesh in the T20 International. Won 4-1 T20I series against Australia, and now won 3-2 in T20I series against New Zealand #BANvNZ
– Adi💙 (@ thinkcricket21) 10 September 2021
Congratulations @BCBtigers. The first victory in the T20 series against New Zealand. @BLACKCAPS played well in today’s game.# T20WorldCup is on its way!#BANvNZ #Cricket # New Zealand #Bangladesj pic.twitter.com/iaK4MNnQ8r
– Zarin T. (@zarintä) 10 September 2021
159 – Tom Latham (average 53.00, SR 108.90)
120 – Mahmudullah (average 60.00, SR 92.30)
105 – Mohammad Naim (average 21.00, SR 87.50)
99 – Will Young (average 19.80, SR 86.08)
– lFlashScore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) 10 September 2021
King Tom Latham. That’s it. This is the tweet.
– Sritama Panda (@cricketpun_duh) 10 September 2021