Even the Australian series pitches were better than this: Shakib
After a big 4-1 T20I series win over Australia on spinning tracks. Bangladesh employed the same strategy by thrashing New Zealand in the first T20I by 7 wickets. More than the margin of defeat, the bigger news from the match was that New Zealand was all out for 60 in 16.5 overs.
This is a makeshift New Zealand XI with their main players involve in IPL. Tom Latham, who is not a part of the New Zealand world cup T20 squad is the captain. They had included players like Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Blundel, Rachin Ravindra who are essentially test specialists.
The Bangladesh spinners were all over the Kiwi batters who had no clue how the balls were spinning. Shakib (2/10) and Nasum (2/5) had them tied in knots and Mustafizur (3/13) and Saifuddin (2/7) used the cutters well to bamboozle the New Zealand batters. Only Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls resist with 18 each as the tourists were bundled out for 60.
Bangladesh won the match with 5 overs to spare as Shakib (25). Rahim(16*) and skipper Mahmudullah (14*) closing out the match.
After the match Shakib Al Hassan, who was the man of the match. Conceded that this pitch was even more spin-friendly and difficult to play than the Australian series. New Zealand lacked the experience to play on these kind of wickets.
Shakib stressed on the importance of looking for singles; and twos and rotation of strike on this pitch rather than looking for boundaries.
Shakib had, before the series, actually urged for better pitches as the team continues their preparation for the T20 WC next month. However, with plenty of assistance on offer for the spinners, it became another low-scoring affair.
Shakib later stated that he is not thinking too much about his impending landmark of becoming the highest wicket-taker in T20Is. Is happy that the team started with a win.
The Kiwi head coach Glenn Pocknall is not too worried about this defeat. And said that they will assess their shortcomings. He however acknowledged that it is challenging to get a hundred on this pitch. But they will aim for it and build further on that.