New Zealand defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs in the rain-affected Twenty20 to win the three-match series 2–0 on Tuesday.
New Zealand, who were sent by Bangladesh, scored 173–5 in the 18th over when rain shortened their innings. Bangladesh were given a better target of 170 in 16 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis system and finished with 142-7.
The series victory was New Zealand’s seventh at home this season; Four of them were in T20, two in Tests and one ODI.
Match referee Jeff Crowe officially started the bizarre scene, Bangladesh, before the revised total count. The umpires closed the match with Bangladesh 12–0 after 1.3 overs, awaiting the official announcement of the new target.
It was long overdue when Crowe apparently worked on his computer. At one point, he showed displeasure with Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo.
Bangladesh sometimes seemed in a hurry to succeed which was an extraordinary chase that saw them score 12 runs per over.
Soumya Sarkar hit a half-century off 25 balls and added 81 runs for the second wicket with Mohammad Naeem (38) raising the team’s hopes.
The pair scored 19 runs in the sixth over bowled by Ish Sodhi and reduced Adam Miley’s required rate to 10 from the seventh over in the 20th over.
But part-time attacker Glenn Phillips played an important role, conceding just four runs from the eighth over and nine from the 10th. In the ninth over, Sodhi conceded five runs and the run rate rose again.
“There were some nerves but I was preparing to bowl for a long time and it was good that Tim (South) was confident that I could bowl under pressure,” Phillips said.
Soumya fell to Southee at the score of 51 in the 11th over and Bangladesh’s job went wrong.
Phillips dismissed Naeem and was bowled in the 14th over by fast bowler Milan Mahmudullah and office fis Hussain. Bangladesh slipped to 123-6 from 123-3.
Started in the fits and started the New Zealand innings in a fit, with Phillips scoring an unbeaten 58 off 31 balls, an unbeaten 58 off 27 balls, and Darley Mitchell scoring an unbeaten 34.
By the fourth over, Bangladesh had recalled their best bowler Taskin Ahmed and their attack was swift. Finn Allen hit a six off his first ball for the grandstand at midwicket. Allen then dropped the next ball to the ground, but Mahmudullah was not ready to catch a catch from mid on.
Martin Guptill hit the fourth ball off six and 2 balls. Allen’s mistake later shot into the leg side by Mohammad Naeem at square leg.
Taskeen was in the news after taking a brilliant catch at short fine leg to dismiss Guptill for 21. Guptill threw Mohammed Saifuddin’s entire delivery away from his pad, the ball went towards him when he pulled Taskin’s left hand and he stopped. Surprisingly, there are many fielders.
Devon Conway was out for 15, with the first ball being bowled by Shardul Islam to Mohammed Mithun at square leg.
New Zealand were 81–3 after 10 overs and lost the fourth wicket shortly after Will Young was dismissed at 17.
There was a little rain for a while and eventually the players walked out of the ground at the score of 102-4 for New Zealand in the 13th over. The players returned after 25 minutes without any loss.
Mark Chapman was dismissed in the first over after the restart and Phillips and Mitchell were out late, knowing that the Duckworth-Lewis system could be implemented.