Bangladesh Continued Dominance in Spin-Friendly Dhaka
Bangladesh looked ominous in their seven-wicket win in the first T20I, bowling out New Zealand for just 60 runs and then reaching the target in 15 overs. They picked up where they left off against Australia in the fifth T20I, bowling them out for 62, but it wasn’t just their spinners who did the damage.
New Zealand was unable to recover from their disastrous start of 9 for 4, as Mustafizur Rahman and Mohammad Saifuddin shared five wickets between them. Bangladesh’s three spinners, who had combined figures of 5 for 30 from ten overs, were obviously to blame.
New Zealand has had worse starts in T20Is in the past, but this one was almost predetermined because they played right into Bangladesh’s hands. Will Young and Tom Blundell should have been more protective of their stumps when returning to deliveries, while debutant Rachin Ravindra was left to rue his chip back to Mahedi Hasan in the first over. Another debutant, Cole McConchie, was also out to a soft shot to midwicket.
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Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, and Henry Nicholls all went out in search of big shots. While Nicholls misread a slower ball, Latham was slightly unlucky against a wayward Saifuddin delivery. De Grandhomme had the right idea, but his slog sweep found the fielder at the long-leg boundary. The main reason for New Zealand’s collapse was Bangladesh’s accurate bowling in between regular wickets.
Shakib Al Hasan and Nasum Ahmed capitalized on Mahdi’s perfect start with three more wickets in the powerplay. It was clear that the visitors would struggle to get close to three figures if Rahman and Saifuddin kept the pressure on.
The home team, on the other hand, maybe disappointed with how Mohammad Naim and Liton Das got away in a brief chase. Naim has blown hot and cold against Zimbabwe and Australia, while Das is making his comeback after a brief hiatus. It has the potential to improve as the series progresses.
Their lessons can be found in how Shakib, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Mahmudullah batted for the rest of the match, getting Bangladesh to the finish line with plenty of time to spare.