Bangladesh in New Zealand, 3 T20I Series, 2021
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Date & Time: 28 March 2021
RR: 7.2 | New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 66 runs
Right then. It has been yet another destructive performance by the Kiwis and they deservedly go up 1-0 in the 3-game T20I series. Not a lot of time for Bangladesh to retrospect and they will want to make a comeback in the second game which is a series-decider of sorts as if the visitors lose, then the series will go the way of the Blackcaps. The 2nd T20I of the series will be played on Tuesday, 30th March 2021 at 1900 local (0600 GMT). We hope to have your company for that game. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Tim Southee, the captain of New Zealand, says that it was nice and putting up such a performance with a young team is pleasing. Mentions that Will Young has been around for some time and it was pleasing to see him do well today and also Devon Conway who is carrying on with his great form. Feels that when you have a couple of guys knocking on the door, it is a great sign. Says that you stick to your plan with the ball but it is always nice to have runs on the board. Regarding Lockie Ferguson, Southee replies that it is not easy to come back from an injury break but he will be happy with the way he bowled.
Mahmudullah, the Bangladesh skipper, says that their bowlers bowled quite well and praises Nasum Ahmed for his spell. Feels that they let themselves down once again in the batting department and need to pick themselves up. Lauds Devon Conway for his knock and mentions that he has been in great form. Reminds that they had a chance to dismiss him but failed and adds that they need to find ways to get him out. Mahmudullah further opines that 190 was a good score here to chase but they conceded a few more boundaries at the death. Calls Ish Sodhi an experienced campaigner and feels that the ball was gripping for him. Tells that they cannot afford to repeat the same mistakes again and again.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH IS DEVON CONWAY! He starts by saying that he is pretty happy with the way things went today. Calls it happy days. Mentions that you got to be really positive (after losing wickets) and is glad that it came off for him. Tells that it was awesome to bat with Will Young. Shares that for him it's all about watching the ball and sticking to the basics, although sometimes he does try to premeditate his reverse-batted shots.
Clinical show by the Blackcaps despite missing plenty of first-team players. Devon Conway and debutant Will Young set the right tone in their batting innings and it was capped off by some insane hitting at the death by Devon and Glenn Phillips. A total in excess of 200 was always going to be difficult to overhaul and the Kiwi bowlers did the job exceedingly well to earn an easy win. Stay tuned for the presentation...
It anyway was a stiff target to chase for the Bangla Tigers and it became next to impossible after they lost 4 wickets in the Powerplay. Their flavourless batting show on this tour continued and had Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin not combined for a partnership, the defeat margin would have been even bigger.
Bangladesh have been beaten black and blue here in the first T20I! Everyone expected the Kiwi pacers to do the damage but as it turned out, Ish Sodhi, the leg spinner, blew away Bangladesh's top order. Once again Ish was in top gear, picking up his second 4-wicket haul in two months and it was strange to see a team from the subcontinent struggle against a leggie..
Nasum Ahmed is in next.
Hamish Bennett is back to operate. 0/19 in his 3 overs.
Player review for a caught behind! Tim Southee takes the DRS and it turns out to be one of the worst ever. Daylight between bat and ball.
Shoriful Islam is the new batsman.
Lockie Ferguson to bowl out. 1/20 from him so far.
Tim Southee is into the attack again. 1/19 in his 2 overs so far.
Hamish Bennett is back into the attack from the City End. 2-0-15-0 are his figures so far.
Daryl Mitchell is into the attack now.
Lockie Ferguson is back on. 2-0-14-1 from him so far.
DRS time! It's for an lbw shout against Mohammad Saifuddin. Seems to be going down the leg side. Missing leg. Review is lost for the Blackcaps.
Glenn Phillips to have a crack with the ball.
Lockie Ferguson is back on.
Mohammad Saifuddin is the new batsman. Hat-trick ball coming up...
Mahedi Hasan walks in next.
Afif Hossain is the new batsman. Mark Chapman to bowl now...
Mahmudullah is the new batsman. The skipper needs to steady the ship here.
Ish Sodhi is into the attack now.
Mohammad Mithun is the number 4 batsman.
Bowling change. Lockie Ferguson is unleashed into the attack.
Soumya Sarkar walks out at Number 3.
Who will partner Tim with the new ball? Hamish Bennett, it is.