Latham bowlers help New Zealand to consolation win in final T20I
Tom Latham with a steady innings and tight bowling by New Zealand bowlers helped the tourists to a consolation win over Bangladesh in the final T20 . However, Bangladesh win the series by a 3-2 margin
Winning the toss and batting the Kiwis started brilliantly with Finn Allen (41 off 24 balls,3 sixes) and Ravindra (17) adding 58 runs in the powerplay before they were both dismissed by Shoriful Islam. Finn played some scorching shots including 3 massive sixes.
After Young (8) and De Grandhome (9) went cheaply Tom Latham held the innings together with a fine unbeaten 50 off 37 balls and well supported by cameos from Nicholls(20) and McConchie (17). New Zealand reached an impressive 161/5 in 20 overs.
In reply Bangladesh , who had rested Shakib and Mehedi in this game had a difficult time with the Kiwi bowlers bowling tidily getting wickets at regular intervals. Liton (11), Soumya (4), Musfiqur (3) went cheaply. Naim (23) could not build on his start and it was left to skipper Mahmudullah and a talented Afif Hossain to repair the damage which they did to some extent for 7 overs adding 63 before Mahmudullah (23) was dismissed by Kuggeleijn at 109/5 with 5 overs to go . Latham bowlers help New Zealand to consolation win in final T20I
Afif played a lone hand of 49 unbeaten runs off 33 balls with 3 mighty sixes but in the end. It was too much for him to save the hosts as Bangladesh scored 134/8 to lose by 27 runs.
The New Zealand bowling performed as a team with Kuggeleijn (2/23) and Ajaz Patel (2/21) being the more successful ones.
Tom Latham won the man of the match. While Nassum Ahmed for his fine bowling in the series was the player of the series.
New Zealand 161/5 , Bangladesh 134/8