Bangladesh has taken an unassailable 3-1 series lead by beating New Zealand by 6 wickets in another outrageously low scoring T20I match. The Kiwi batters once again struggled big-time against spin losing their wickets to rash shots after performing well in the previous match. However, the hosts took their time in their chase and took it till the last over to win.
Batting first, both Kiwi openers went to rash sweep shots Ravindra got the top edge and Finn Allen (12) who started well was out to a reverse sweep as Nasum Ahmed took both the wickets.
From 2/16 skipper Tom Latham and promising Will Young took the score to 51 as both played judicious shots, rotating the strike and punishing loose balls before Latham (21) stepped out to Mehdi Hassan and was easily stumped .
Latham’s dismissal started a massive collapse as Nassum Ahmed knocked over Henry Nicholls and De Grandhome and then Mustafizur took over to dismantle the lower order as the batters had no clue how to negotiate the difficult track. Will Young finally was out for a gallant 46 getting caught at cover. Mustafizur (4/12) and man of the match Nassum Ahmed (4/10) were the chief wreckers for the hosts .
Bangladesh also started nervously losing Liton Das (6) , Shakib (8) and Musfiqur (0) and was struggling at 32/3 but opening batsman Mohammed Naim played well for his 29 of 35 balls . He and skipper Mahmudullah added 32 runs for the 4th wicket to make the local fans breathe easier before Naim was dismissed with 27 required of 33 balls .
Mahmudullah however exuded calm and controlled the lower half of the innings well taking calculated risks . His six in the 19th over settled the issue and Bangladesh won with 5 balls to spare with Mahmudullah not out on 43 invaluable runs on a touch pitch to win the series .
For the tourists Ajaz Patel was the best bowler with 2/9 in 4 overs while McConchie was hammered for 34 in 3.1 overs .
Bangladesh thus won their first ever T20 series against New Zealand .
New Zealand 93 all out Bangladesh 94/4