New Zealand defeated Bangladesh in the fifth T20 International (T20I) to join Pakistan in the final of the ongoing Tri-Series at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.
Put to bat first, the Black Caps posted a humungous 208/5 in their allotted 20 overs, thanks to scintillating innings by Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips. The pair scored respective half-centuries to take New Zealand to a formidable total. While Conway scored 64 from 40 deliveries, Phillips smashed a quickfire 24-ball 60, including 2 fours and five sixes.
In response, Bangladesh could only manage to reach 160/7, losing the contest by 48 runs. Captain Shakib Al Hasan led from the front but didn’t get enough support from other batters. Hasan was the top-scorer for the visitors with 70 off 44 balls, including 8 fours and a maximum.
For New Zealand, pacer Adam Milne was their pick of the bowlers. Milne bagged a brilliant three-wicket haul for 24 in his quota of 4 overs. Apart from Milne, Michael Bracewell (2/39) and Tim Southee (2/36) picked up two scalps each.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
New Zealand T20I Tri-Series: New Zealand vs Bangladesh
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) October 12, 2022
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 12, 2022
Devon Conway has scored yet another T20i half century. He isn’t getting appreciated enough for the kind of consistency with which he’s piling on the runs. Incredible. #NZvBan
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 12, 2022
The sound of ball on Finn Allen’s bat is spine tingling 😍#NZvBAN
— Renee (@rencarrot) October 12, 2022
— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) October 12, 2022
A 'Glenn'tastic knock powers the Kiwis to the #NZTriSeries final! 💪
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) October 12, 2022
Devon Conway's live T20I average at Hagley Oval:
280.00 from five innings#NZvBAN
— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) October 12, 2022
NZ win by 48 runs and with that, they have confirmed their place in Friday's final with Pakistan in this tri-series#NZvBAN
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) October 12, 2022
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) October 12, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) October 12, 2022