After Bangladesh won the first ODI convincingly, the second was a thriller with New Zealand just falling 4 short of the winning target as Bangladesh go 2 up in the series.
Bangladesh won the toss and batted first. They had a decent opening stand of 59 in 9.3 overs after which wickets started falling. Liton Das (33) after a free stroking innings missed the line and was bowled by Ravindra who had Musfiqur stumped off the next ball for nought to get the blackcaps back into the game. Shakib (12 off 7 balls) threatened briefly before getting out and finally, Mohammed Naim after an impressive 39 was dismissed by Ravindra caught behind.
Slipper Mahmudullah scored an unbeaten 37 off 32 balls to provide useful finishing touches to the innings as Bangladesh ended on 141/6.
For the Kiwis, Rachin Ravindra was the most successful bowler with 3/22.
However, Ravindra (10) could not provide the ideal start for New Zealand as they lost both their openers cheaply to slump to 18/2. This followed a fighting partnership of 43 runs between Brian Young and skipper Tom Latham. Both looked good during their stand till finally Young(22) was caught on the offside off Shakib.
Latham was then made to fight a lone hand as New Zealand lost quick wickets of De Grandhome and Nicholls . New Zealand was gradually falling behind the run rate but Latham managed to hit a boundary or two to keep them in the hunt as he scored his first T20I 50 .
20 runs needed by New Zealand in the final over which came down to 13 off the last 2 balls. Then Mustafizur bowled a no-ball full toss which Latham managed to get away to fine leg boundary to pull it down to 8 runs off 2 balls.
The free hit ball went for 2 leg byes and 6 was needed off the final ball. However, Latham could manage only two to remain not out at 65 but the Kiwis lost by 4 runs to lead 2-0 in the series. Mahmudullah was the man of the match.
For Bangladesh. the spinners Mehdi (2/12), Shakib (2/29) and Nasum (1/17) bowled superbly in favourable conditions.
New Zealand will need to show more such fight in order to hope to come back in the series.
Bangladesh 141/6 . New Zealand 137/5