Bangladesh in New Zealand, 3 T20I Series, 2021
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Date & Time: 30 March 2021
RR: 8.88 | New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 28 runs (D/L method)
That concludes the proceedings for the second T20I. The last match of this series is on Thursday, 1st April 2021, in Auckland at 1900 local (0600 GMT). You can join us well in advance for the build-up. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
Tim Southee, the captain of New Zealand, starts by calling it an unusual game with the rain around but he is glad that his boys adjusted well. Tells that it's been a great summer and they were privileged to have teams travel here in these times. Southee admits that Bangladesh did put them under pressure. Praises Glenn Phillips for doing a great job with the wet ball and shares that he just went with his gut feeling regarding the bowling changes. Informs that the slower deliveries were holding up. He is pleased to get over the line and is now looking to end their summer on a high.
Mahmudullah, the captain of Bangladesh, starts by saying there was a bit of confusion related to the DLS target. Feels they were on track in the first 10 overs but then lost the plot in the next 6. States that Naim and Sarkar gave them the momentum but Sodhi and Phillips' overs were extremely good and they failed to capitalize. Shares that Taskin's outstanding catch gave them a lot of confidence. Feels that it's important to finish well in the T20 format which is not happening for them at the moment. Mentions that the top order has been in great form and hopes to take the positives into the next match.
Glenn Phillips is chosen for the Man of the Match award! Says that they were trying to hit the ball hard and run a lot of twos. Talking about Daryl Mitchell, Phillips mentions that to have a partner at the other end who is on fire really helps. Tells that there is always a dilemma regarding DLS when you're thinking about going hard or saving wickets as it might affect the equation. States that he has been working on his bowling and it's always about handling nerves.
Earlier in the match, we witnessed a good bowling and fielding show from Bangladesh, for a change. However, the rain break spoiled their good work as New Zealand managed to bounce back through the powerful stand between Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell. Their scintillating hitting provided the late surge to the Kiwis and due to that the revised target for Bangladesh, turned out to be more than enough in the end.
The chase of Bangladesh was all about the partnership between Mohammad Naim and Soumya Sarkar. They batted with authority and managed to steal the momentum away from New Zealand. The pair started the onslaught by targeting Ish Sodhi's first over which went for 19 runs and followed that up with 20 runs from Adam Milne's second over. However, Tim Southee's decision to hand the ball to Glenn Phillips, the part-timer, did the magic for the Blackcaps. He bowled a very tidy first over and then Sodhi redeemed himself by delivering a 5-run over after that. Due to a couple of dry overs, the required rate mounted and it resulted in the wickets of first Sarkar and then Naim. The chase derailed after that with the Kiwi bowlers finding the target and bowling enough good balls to defend the total.
End of a rain-truncated game and New Zealand have taken an unassailable lead in the 3-match T20I series. Once again Bangladesh chose to offer a fight in the second match of the series but again it was not enough to beat New Zealand. The Blackcaps have now extended their dominance this summer after bagging their 7th series at home.
Hamish Bennett to bowl the final over of the match.
DRS time! Shout for an lbw! Not given. Southee has decided to review it.
Mohammad Saifuddin is the new batsman in.
Mahedi Hasan is the new batsman in.
Mohammad Mithun is the next batsman in.
Adam Milne is back on.
Afif Hossain is the new batsman in.
Glenn Phillips is back on. 2-0-13-0 are his figures so far.
Ish Sodhi is back on. 24 in his 2 overs so far.
Mahmudullah is the new batsman in.
Tim Southee is back for his third over.
Ish Sodhi is back on. 1-0-19-0 are his figures so far.
Glenn Phillips is into the attack.
Adam Milne is back into the attack. He bowled a fiery first over and conceded just 6 runs.
Here comes the champion bowler - Ish Sodhi. He just took 11 balls to derail Bangladesh's chase in the last game. What's in store today?
Change in bowling. Tim Southee is back on. One more over before we will have an official game.
Soumya Sarkar is the new batsman. Adam Milne is also into the attack now.
CONFIRMED NOW! DLS is very tough to understand, have to say. 171 is the magic number, in 16 overs. We already have 9 balls bowled, so please do the maths. Bennett to resume his spell...
Hang on a minute! The two umpires get together and have stopped the play. Jeff Crowe, the match referee, is working on the sheet for the revised target. It was 148 in 16 overs initially. Let's see if there is any change. Haven't seen this before. A bit bizarre!
Hamish Bennett to speed in from the other end.