The first match of Bangladesh vs. New Zealand T20I has been a nightmare for the Kiwis. New Zealand has never lost a T20 match against Bangladesh before. But this time, the bowlers of Bangladesh led the team towards a historic win. The match was held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Let us dig deeper into the details of the match.
New Zealand’s Team Performance
The Kiwis came to Bangladesh without most of its critical assets. The inexperienced team was led by Tom Latham. The Kiwis chose to bat first after winning the toss. The team scored only 60 runs at the end of 16.5 overs. Bangladesh took down all the wickets before the end of 20 overs. Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls had the highest partnership of the series with 34 runs.
The team managed to make only 49 runs at the end of 13 overs with seven wickets. After that, the lower-order batsmen were swept clean with 13 balls still left to play. If you see the match-winning highlights, you will see that the bowlers of New Zealand were quite valuable. They managed to take two early wickets in the second innings. Both Mohammad Naim and Liton Das were taken down, with each scoring a single run.
Bangladesh’s Team Performance
The Bangladesh team has been at its peak since last month. The team in their home ground beat Australia 4-1 in the T20 series. The conditions of the first T20 match against New Zealand were in favor of Bangladesh. The bowling side of New Zealand was playing well and could stop Bangladesh from their historic win. But the team did not panic even after five quiet overs and two early wickets.
The bowling side of Bangladesh deserves all the praise. Mohammad Saifuddin took the crucial wicket of Latham and broke the partnership with Nicholls. The last three wickets were taken by Mustafizur Rahman. Shakib Al Hasan proved his worth with the ball as well as the bat. He scored 25 runs after facing 33 balls. The player was declared the Man of the Match. Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmadullah were unbeaten with 16 and 14 runs, respectively.
The team of Bangladesh seems to be in their best form after the first match of the T20 series. New Zealand will try to make a strong comeback in the next game. But with most of the key players missing, the team will have to try harder to take down the roaring Bangladeshis. Fans are eager to know which team will emerge triumphant at the end of the five-match series. The next match took place on September 3. The venue of all the matches will remain the same due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.