New Zealand toured Bangladesh after a long time and were reluctant to perform in the same way they did against Bangladesh at home. They had to plat five T20is from Sep 1 to Sep 10. But Bangladesh were also ready to face the Kiwis in five T20i’s after their first series win against the hard-core Aussies. New Zealand faced a setback as soon as they entered Bangladesh with Finn Allen testing COVID positive and he had to be isolated for almost half of the series for recovery.
OLD REVENGE TASTES GOOD !!!
The Kiwis thought they would be able to beat Bangladesh like always, but they did not know what was ahead of them. They did not see the danger the Aussie batsmen went through. The Kiwis faced a horrendous loss in the first T20i, with the cherry on top of being 60 all out. From above, that too, against Bangladesh, was a shameful performance by them. The bowlers did a tremendous job of using the conditions in their favour and bowling out within 17 overs. Everybody knew Bangladesh will easily chase down the total and they did that. Bangladesh won the first T20i by 7 wickets. Tigers were leading the series 1-0.
ONE DOWN NEW ZEALAND :
There was a full chance for New Zealand to counter back and New Zealand did a good job with the bowling as they stopped Bangladesh on the score of 141-6. In spite of stopping Bangladesh batsmen, New Zealand failed to chase the total down and lost the game in the last over as they need 20 runs in last over. Some late fireworks from McConchie gave New Zealand hope to win the match but Mustifizur got better off the Kiwis. Bangladesh won the match by 4 runs.
BANGLADESH IN THE MINDS OF KIWIS ?
Now New Zealand was down with loss of two matches and needed to show what Kiwis are known for. New Zealand needed it to win this match to remain in the series. After Batting first, Kiwis posted a decent total of 121 runs, to stop Bangladesh from chasing, the spinners ran through Bangladesh’s batting line-up and helped their team to win by 55 runs. Ajaz Patel and Andrew McConchie shared 7 wickets among them.
CAN NEW ZEALAND SQUARE THE SERIES ?
The series scoreline was was 2-1 with Tigers still leading. Kiwis needed to make a statement, they got a good news that their new star batsman Finn Allen has recovered from COVID-19 and was available to play the remaining matches. But New Zealand’s batting woes started again and they were bowled out for 93 runs. The highest run scorer in Kiwis innings was Will Young, who fell four short of his half century. This time it was Tigers’ premier fast bowler Mustifizur Rahman who was at his best against the New Zealand batting line-up and scalped 4 wickets. The Bangladeshi batsmen faced a lot of difficulty to chase the total down, the captain, Mahmadullah took the team over the line with his valient 43 runs.
BANGLADESH GOES FIRST TIME !!!
Bangladesh won the series 3-1 and now there was no chance for Kiwis to win the series but only one chance to play the match to save their pride. Batting first, New Zealand posted a score of 161 and scoring this a big total is itself a big task for any team in these conditions. Tigers failed to chase the total and lost the match by 27 runs. Eventhough, New Zealand lost the series but got a taste of Asian conditions.
At the end of series, New Zealand had two positives – firstly, their captain has come in form and was the highest run-scorer in the series and second being Ajaz Patel scalping 10 wickets at a very a good economy and average.