New Zealand skittles out Bangladesh for 76 to pull off a big win in 3rd T20I
The Bangladesh v New Zealand ODI series has come alive. The second-string New Zealand team created a sensation by knocking over Bangladesh for 76. While trying to defend a moderate target of 129. The Kiwi spinners bowled brilliantly keeping up the pressure as a full-strength Bangladesh side capitulated against disciplined bowling. The home side who needed a win to wrap up the series today failed to do so and the series is alive at 2-1.
Batting first, New Zealand started promisingly with Finn Allen and Ravindra despatching the loose balls. Allen after getting 16 off 10 balls was caught at mid-on off Saifuddin. Will Young and Ravindra took the score to 46 when Young (20) got out after an impressive knock which led to a mini-collapse. Ravindra (20) followed soon and De Grandhome (0) and Latham (5). Got out in quick succession to leave New Zealand at 62/5 in 11th over.
However , Henry Nicholls (36*) and Tom Blundell (30*) played sensibly together rotating the strike. Not trying to be too ambitious on this pitch and despatching loose balls to the boundary. They were unbeaten till the end as New Zealand reached 128/5 in 20 overs.
In reply, Bangladesh started well actually reaching 23/0 in the 3rd over. Before a free stroking Liton Das (15 off 11 balls) missed a sweep and was lbw to McConchie. Soon Ajaz Patel got into the act and dismissed Mehdi (1) and Shakib(0) in quick succession. Mehdi chipping a catch to midwicket and Shakib trying to smash the leggie going for a big lofted shot off his second ball to leave Bangladesh at 25/3. New Zealand skittles out Bangladesh for 76 to pull off a big win in 3rd T20I.
The Kiwis have now tasted success and they put on great pressure on the home team batters. Who found it extremely difficult to force the pace on a difficult pitch for scoring.
Patel soon got Mahmudullah driving and giving a catch and clean bowling Atif Hossain off next ball to further jolt Bangladesh. Who never recovered from 6/43 in 10th over and with Musfiqur (20*) unable to force the pace. As Bangladesh fell way behind the run rate and gradually lost the remaining wickets to get 76 allout by the last over.
Ajaz Patel for his 4/16 was the man of the match. McConchie (3/15) and Ravindra (1/13) bowled superbly in their 4 over spells to sustain pressure on the hosts till the final ball.
Scores NZ 128/5, Bangladesh 76 allout