Spinners turned things around once again for Bangladesh as they trumped New Zealand by four runs in the second T20I at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka on Friday.
Chasing 142 to win, the visitors could only manage to reach 137/5, falling just 4 runs short of the Bangladesh total. NZ skipper Tom Latham led from the front and remained unbeaten on 67 off 49 deliveries but didn’t get enough support from other batters. Will Young was the second-highest run-getter for the Black Caps with 22 runs.
For the hosts, Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan were the pick of the bowlers, taking a couple of wickets each. While Hasan sent back Tom Blundell and Henry Nicholls, Shakib dismissed the likes of Rachin Ravindra and Young. Hasan conceded 12 runs in 4 overs while Shakib gave away 29 runs in as many overs.
Earlier, Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah won the toss and elected to bat first. Openers Mohammad Naim (39 off 39) and Liton Das (33 off 29) put together 59 runs in 9.3 overs to give the home team a flying start. But, Ravindra put brakes on the run flow by claiming two wickets in successive deliveries. Soon, he picked up another scalp to complete his three-wicket haul.
Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah played an unbeaten 37-run knock to help his side post 141/6 on the board in their stipulated overs.
“In T20s, you get these sort of close games. Happy to get the win; that’s what matters. Mustafizur held his nerve. I had quite a bit of confidence on him to deliver, and he did. Mahedi has been bowling well, he’s been giving early breakthroughs. The wicket got better under lights. We believe that we are a good team in this format. We are happy to continue this streak (eight wins this calendar year),” said Mahmudullah while receiving the ‘Player of the Match’ award.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Mehidy Hasan Miraz (@Officialmiraz) September 3, 2021
What a thriller 🔥
Bangladesh hold their nerve to restrict New Zealand to 137/5 and secure a close four-run win in the second T20I.
— ICC (@ICC) September 3, 2021
Bangladesh last 8 T20Is:
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 3, 2021
Wow what a game in Dhaka. To the wire. @BCBtigers take 2 by 4 runs. Tom Latham finishing 65* (his highest T20I score) with Cole McConchie 15*. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/v925pLdZ6j #BANvNZ pic.twitter.com/kZMwLoAOhB
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 3, 2021
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) September 3, 2021
Most T20Is won by Bangladesh men in an year:-
8* – in 2021
7 – in 2016
5 – in 2018
4 – in 2012, 2019#BANvNZ
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) September 3, 2021
What a finish! NZ get so close but Bangladesh win by 4 runs to take a 2-0 lead it the 5-match series.
Valiant effort from captain Tom Latham (67* off 49) but it wasn't enough #BANvNZ
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) September 3, 2021
.@BCBtigers beat @BLACKCAPS by 4 runs in the second #Twenty20 International match in Dhaka on Friday. The hosts now lead the five match T20I series by 2-0. #BAN #BANvsNZ #BANvNZ #RiseOfTheTigers pic.twitter.com/UfncUZs45f
— Nurunnaby Chowdhury (@nhasive) September 3, 2021
Bangladesh beat New Zealand by 4 runs in the second T20 and take 2-0 lead in the five-match series – Bangladesh Tigers continues to dominate at home but a brilliant fight by captain Tom Latham with 67*(49).
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 3, 2021
Back to back win against Kiwis 💥🤟
— Zubaer Ahmed (@zubaer_ahmed10) September 3, 2021