Bangladesh in New Zealand, 3 T20I Series, 2021

New Zealand vs Bangladesh - 2nd T20I

Venue: McLean Park, Napier

Date & Time: 30 March 2021

Bangladesh 142/7

RR: 8.88 | New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 28 runs (D/L method)

commentary

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.

15.6
1
Hamish Bennett to Mahedi Hasan, NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 28 RUNS (DLS METHOD)! Too full in length on middle, almost served in the blockhole, Mahedi drives it down the ground for a run.
15.5
2
Hamish Bennett to Mahedi Hasan, Comedy again! Fuller length ball around leg, a knuckle delivery, Hasan heaves it over mid-wicket. Two fielders converge, Phillips and Allen. Both leave it for each other before Glenn realizes and picks the ball. Two taken.
15.5
0
Hamish Bennett to Mahedi Hasan, Another wide down the leg side! It's been left alone by Mahedi.
15.5
0
Hamish Bennett to Mahedi Hasan, Wide! Sliding down the leg side, left alone.
15.4
0
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Saifuddin, OUT! Taken this time, by Southee! Bennett finally gets his wicket. Slower one, on a length around off, Saifuddin swings his bat blindly and gets a big top edge. Southee settles underneath it at extra cover.
15.3
1
Hamish Bennett to Mahedi Hasan, What happened there? Miscommunication between Southee and Guptill. A knuckle delivery, around off, Mahedi mistimes it in the air over extra cover and Southee from inside the ring and Guptill from long off go for it. The former leaves it alone thinking that the latter will go for it, Guptill does the same. Funny! The ball drops right in the middle of them. One run taken.
15.2
6
Hamish Bennett to Mahedi Hasan, SIX! Short in length and close to off, Mahedi gets across and is through with his shot early. Still packs it with good power and the ball clears the fence at square leg.
15.1
1
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Saifuddin, Shortish and on middle, pulled towards mid-wicket for a run.

Hamish Bennett to bowl the final over of the match.

14.6
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Saifuddin, A dipping yorker on off, Saifuddin digs it out to the off side for a single.

DRS time! Shout for an lbw! Not given. Southee has decided to review it.

14.5
0
Tim Southee to Mahedi Hasan, NOT OUT! Missing leg. A length ball around middle and leg, angling down, Mahedi tries to heave it across the line but misses. He is pinged on the front pad, they appeal but the umpire disagrees. Tim takes the DRS as the batsmen cross. The Ball Tracker finds it to be missing the leg pole.
14.4
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Saifuddin, Miscued! Pitches it up and wide outside off, Saifuddin reaches out to play the lofted shot over covers. But it takes the toe end and flies towards mid off. Drops safely, a single is taken.
14.3
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Saifuddin, Another swing and a miss! Slower one, on a length outside off at 106 kph, Saifuddin is early into his shot and misses.
14.2
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Saifuddin, Short in length on middle, Saifuddin advances down the track and tries to swing it over the leg side, misses.

Mohammad Saifuddin is the new batsman in.

14.1
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Mithun, OUT! Caught behind! Just helped into Conway's gloves. The wheels are coming off rather quickly for Bangladesh. A knuckle-ball around middle and leg, Mithun tries to play the paddle scoop but doesn't have any pace to work with. Ends up inside edging it towards the keeper who dives across to his left to complete a fantastic catch.
13.6
2
Adam Milne to Mahedi Hasan, Full in length and outside off, steered through backward point for two runs.

Mahedi Hasan is the new batsman in.

13.5
0
Adam Milne to Afif Hossain, OUT! Sound of timber! Pace does the trick for Adam Milne this time. Good length ball around off, at 141 kph, Afif swings his bat at it but fails to connect and the off stump is pegged back. Milne has bounced back here well!
13.4
1
Adam Milne to Mohammad Mithun, Width on offer outside off, Mithun edges it down to third man for a run.

Mohammad Mithun is the next batsman in.

13.3
0
Adam Milne to Mahmudullah, OUT! CLATTERED! The slower one does the trick for the speed merchant. Milne bowls it on a length and in the line of the stumps at 116 kph, Mahmudullah shuffles across the stumps for the paddle scoop but it arrives late to beat his bat and finds the stumps. New Zealand inching closer to sealing the deal.
13.2
4
Adam Milne to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Streaky boundary, not Milne's night. Spears in a full ball on middle and leg, Mahmudullah tries to flick but it takes the inner half, beats the stumps and races away to the fine leg fence.
13.1
1
Adam Milne to Afif Hossain, Too full in length and on middle, Hossain whips it through mid-wicket for a run.

Adam Milne is back on.

12.6
4
Glenn Phillips to Mahmudullah, FOUR! This one probably slips out of Phillips' hand. A full toss outside off, Mahmudullah attacks it and lofts it over backward point for a boundary. 8 runs and a wicket from the over.
12.5
0
Glenn Phillips to Afif Hossain, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a shortish ball, Afif tries his best to cut but misses. Conway also fails to connect and they take a bye.
12.4
1
Glenn Phillips to Mahmudullah, Short and on off, Mahmudullah goes back and cuts it through cover-point for a run.
12.3
1
Glenn Phillips to Afif Hossain, Aerial but safe! Flatter and around off, Afif tries to heave but gets it away off the top edge. It beats the despairing dive of the extra cover fielder and they take a run.
12.2
1
Glenn Phillips to Mahmudullah, Flighted and outside off, driven through covers for a single.

Afif Hossain is the new batsman in.

12.1
0
Glenn Phillips to Mohammad Naim, OUT! Phillips strikes to get his first international wicket! Naim is also out of here and the asking rate gets the better of him. The pressure was mounting on him. Full and floated on off, Naim aims to clear long off but gets more height than distance. Guptill comes running in from the deep and takes the simplest of catches. 60 needed off 23 balls and this match is drifting away from Bangladesh now.

Glenn Phillips is back on. 2-0-13-0 are his figures so far.

11.6
2
Ish Sodhi to Mahmudullah, Forces a full ball back past the bowler and by the time the long off fielder gets around, they take a couple of runs. 10 from the over!
11.5
4
Ish Sodhi to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Tossed up ball around off, Mahmudullah brings out the reverse sweep and lets it fly over short third man for a boundary.
11.4
4
Ish Sodhi to Mahmudullah, FOUR! Good spot to hit the ball! Full and around off, Mahmudullah throws his bat at it and smashes it behind the bowler for a boundary. A much-needed one for Bangladesh.
11.3
0
Ish Sodhi to Mahmudullah, Too wide outside off, hitting the blockhole, Mahmudullah mistimes his drive through the line. Three dots.
11.2
0
Ish Sodhi to Mahmudullah, Another play and a miss! Full and flighted outside off, Mahmudullah tries to smash it over covers but it spins past his bat.
11.1
0
Ish Sodhi to Mahmudullah, Play and a miss! Quicker and flatter outside off, Mahmudullah attempts to cut but misses.

Ish Sodhi is back on. 24 in his 2 overs so far.

10.6
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Another knuckle delivery, short and wide outside off at 109.5 kph, Naim is deceived and misses. 70 needed off 30 balls, the match is now slipping away from Bangladesh.
10.5
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Slower one, on a length and around leg, Naim stays leg side and tries to work around but ends up pushing it back to Tim.
10.4
2
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Top edge, safe! Short in length around leg, Naim top edges his pull shot and it flies behind. Bennett tries his best to reach it from short fine leg but it drops safely. They take two.
10.3
1
Tim Southee to Mahmudullah, Back of a length ball on off, Mahmudullah hangs back and drags it down to wide long on for one.
10.2
3
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Errors after errors! Fuller in length around off, Naim drives it towards extra cover and speeds to the other end. Sodhi has a needless shy at the bowler's end but misses. The fielder in the deep tries to back-up but fumbles and the batsmen get two overthrows, three runs in total added to the scoreboard. Southee is not pleased.

Mahmudullah is the new batsman in.

10.1
0
Tim Southee to Soumya Sarkar, OUT! Southee removes the dangerous batsman! A clever delivery, short and outside off, off-pace, Sarkar hops back to make room and then has to reach out for the ball. Ends up mistiming it towards long on where Milne takes a fine catch. End of an outstanding knock and a threatening stand which was worth 81 off 52 balls. 76 needed off 35 balls.

Tim Southee is back for his third over.

9.6
0
Glenn Phillips to Mohammad Naim, On middle, Naim looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
9.5
2
Glenn Phillips to Mohammad Naim, Full on off, Naim lofts it over covers. The batsmen get two runs.
9.4
0
Glenn Phillips to Mohammad Naim, Loopy delivery on off, Naim pushes it back towards the bowler where Phillips does well to stop it. Sarkar was backing up too far. Phillips does not throw it on the stumps at his end otherwise it would have been close.
9.3
1
Glenn Phillips to Soumya Sarkar, Floated delivery on off, Sarkar drives it through mid off for a single.
9.2
4
Glenn Phillips to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! 50 for Soumya Sarkar, off just 25 balls! It has been a lovely innings from him. Short again on middle, Sarkar pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
9.1
2
Glenn Phillips to Soumya Sarkar, Short ball on middle, Sarkar pulls it through mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
8.6
1
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, Loopy and around leg, Sarkar works it to mid-wicket for a run. A good comeback over by Sodhi. Two excellent overs by the Kiwis on the trot, taking the RRR to 12.14.
8.5
0
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, Quicker one, around leg, Sarkar mishits it back to the bowler.
8.4
1
Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Naim, Attempts a reverse-batted shot and drags it off the inner half to short third man for a run.
8.3
2
Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Naim, DROPPED? Yes, Glenn Phillips gets there and nearly pulled off the catch of the year. That was some effort, we won't call it a dropped catch, a normal fielder would not have even reached it. If not the catch of the year, this certainly is the dive of the year. Wow. Airborne. Beautiful capture. Flighted and full around leg, Naim tries to heave it over square leg but top edges it towards deep mid-wicket. Two fielders converge and it's Phillips who attempts with a superb dive forward but fails to hang on. Two taken.
8.2
1
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, Follows the batsman down the leg side with a fuller ball, Sarkar drives it through extra cover for one.
8.1
0
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, Flighted and full outside off, Sarkar tries to reverse sweep but misses.

Ish Sodhi is back on. 1-0-19-0 are his figures so far.

7.6
1
Glenn Phillips to Soumya Sarkar, Top edge/back edge! Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Sarkar tries to reverse sweep but miscues it behind the keeper. A single to end a tidy over.
7.5
1
Glenn Phillips to Mohammad Naim, Short and wide outside off, cut through point for a single. Just 3 from the over, can Glenn finish it off well?
7.4
1
Glenn Phillips to Soumya Sarkar, Flatter and shorter on middle, punched down to long on for a single.
7.3
0
Glenn Phillips to Soumya Sarkar, Another appeal for an lbw! Once again there is an inside edge. Flatter and fuller on off, Sarkar tries to slog sweep but gets an inside edge onto the back leg.
7.2
0
Glenn Phillips to Soumya Sarkar, Shout for an lbw! Nothing from the umpire. A slider around off, skidding in, Sarkar stays back to play it late but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
7.1
1
Glenn Phillips to Mohammad Naim, Short and wide outside off, cut through cover-point for a run.

Glenn Phillips is into the attack.

6.6
1
Adam Milne to Mohammad Naim, Shortish and on off, angling away, Naim taps it down to the off side and they cross for a brisk single. 20 from this over, 39 in the last two, 94 needed off 54 balls.
6.6
0
Adam Milne to Mohammad Naim, Wide! The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
6.5
0
Adam Milne to Mohammad Naim, Misses! Short in length and on middle, skidding off the surface, Naim hangs back to play the upper cut but misses.
6.4
4
Adam Milne to Mohammad Naim, FOUR! Bangladesh are flying at the moment, it's a buffet of big hitting at the moment. Fuller in length on middle, Naim clears his front leg and hammers it over the head of the mid on fielder for a boundary.
6.3
2
Adam Milne to Mohammad Naim, Fullish and angling down the leg side, Sarkar clips it down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
6.2
1
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, Good length ball around off, Sarkar rocks back and slaps it through cover-point for a run.
6.2
6
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, SIX! What a shot! Sarkar is 39 off 14 and he is certainly motoring along. Short in length around off, Soumya gives himself room and muscles it over third man for a biggie. Milne has overstepped as well. Free Hit loading.
6.1
4
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! That's thumped! Clean striking on display here. Fuller in length around middle, from 'round the wicket, Sarkar picks it up and whips it past the mid-wicket fielder inside the ring for a boundary. Bangladesh are ahead of the DLS par score at the moment.

Adam Milne is back into the attack. He bowled a fiery first over and conceded just 6 runs.

5.6
0
Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Naim, Misses out! Flatter and shorter delivery outside off, Naim tries to cut but fails. 19 from Ish's first over. 114 needed off 60 balls.
5.5
1
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, Flatter and shorter on off, Sarkar goes back and punches it down to long on for a run.
5.4
6
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, SIX! Soumya is putting Ish Sodhi to the sword. Almost a replay of the last shot. Flighted and full on middle, Sarkar smokes it all the way over mid-wicket. Pressure on the leggie.
5.3
6
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, SIX! High and handsome! A tossed up ball landing full on middle, Sarkar brings out the conventional slog sweep this time and nails it into the stands at mid-wicket.
5.2
4
Ish Sodhi to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Innovative from Sarkar. Classy. Loopy delivery, full and around off, Sarkar gets into the position early for the reverse-batted shot and powers it over backward point for a boundary.
5.1
1
Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Naim, Short again, skidding away from the batsman from around off, Naim punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
5.1
0
Ish Sodhi to Mohammad Naim, Wide! A googly, short and way wide outside off, Naim tries to cut but misses.

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?

4.6
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Back of a length delivery outside off, Soumya cuts it through point for a single. 7 from the over, Powerplay is done and dusted now!
4.5
1
Tim Southee to Soumya Sarkar, Slower one, on a good length around middle and off, Sarkar sticks back and plays it down wide of backward point for a run.
4.4
4
Tim Southee to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Cracking shot! Short in length and around off, Sarkar hops back to make room and smashes it over the cover fielder for a boundary. Just a little bit of momentum has started to come into Bangladesh's innings now.
4.3
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Fullish and on off, Naim drives it down to mid off and scampers across to the other end.
4.2
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, A cutter this time, it's hurled across the left-hander, Naim tries to cut but misses.
4.1
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Swing and a miss! Short and outside off, zipping away from the batsman, Naim swishes and misses.

Change in bowling. Tim Southee is back on. One more over before we will have an official game.

3.6
2
Hamish Bennett to Soumya Sarkar, Short in length again, outside off, this time Sarkar leans back and cuts it aerially through point. Phillips makes a sliding stop in the deep and the batsmen take two. 11 from the over, 140 needed more off 72 balls.
3.5
1
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, Short in length and outside off, Naim cuts it in the air but safely over point. There is a fielder in the deep, so only a run is available.
3.4
0
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, Good length ball on off, angling away, Naim punches but finds the extra cover fielder.
3.3
4
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, FOUR! Crashed! Back of a length ball on middle and off, Naim rocks back, rides the bounce and plunders it over mid-wicket. One bounce and into the fence it goes. The young man is delighting everyone with his shots!
3.2
4
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, FOUR! Good shot! Short in length and outside off, angling away, this time Naim stays put, watches the ball closely and just times his square cut through the gap at backward point.
3.1
0
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, Swing and a miss! Fuller in length and outside off, Naim throws his bat at it but fails to connect. Trying too hard!
2.6
1
Adam Milne to Mohammad Naim, Chance of a run out, missed! Shortish and outside off, Naim cuts it towards cover-point where the fielder makes a half-stop. The point fielder picks up the ball, has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Sarkar was not even in the frame. Lucky escape, top over by Adam!
2.5
1
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, Miscued shot! Milne is making a statement with his extra pace. Short and on off, hurrying the batsman, Sarkar tries to pull but it takes the toe end and runs wide of the diving point fielder for a run.
2.4
0
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, That's another one, right through! Milne is bowling with a lot of fire. 147 kph delivery, on a shortish length outside off, Sarkar flashes and misses. Conway collects it well.
2.3
0
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, Pace and movement, Sarkar is beaten again. A length ball on middle and off, nipping away, Sarkar goes nowhere with his feet, tries pushing inside the line and misses.
2.2
0
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, Beaten! Excessive pace from Milne. Too full and outside off, Sarkar tries to hit down but misses.
2.1
4
Adam Milne to Soumya Sarkar, FOUR! Driven beautifully! Milne starts with an overpitched delivery outside off, Sarkar gets forward and strokes it beautifully through covers for a boundary.

Soumya Sarkar is the new batsman. Adam Milne is also into the attack now.

1.6
0
Hamish Bennett to Liton Das, OUT! Liton holes out! Well caught in the deep by Glenn Phillips. Short in length and on middle, Das goes for the pull shot but it comes from the higher half of his bat and travels to the fielder in the deep at mid-wicket. Phillips grabs a nice low catch and Bangladesh lose their first wicket. The shot was on but the extra bounce probably proved to be Liton's downfall. 157 needed off 84 balls.
1.5
1
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, Goes aerial, Naim. Lofts a length ball over cover-point. There is a protection in the deep and hence, only a run taken.
1.4
0
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, A touch short and on off, Naim stays back to play it down to point. Dot again.

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!

1.3
0
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, Mishit! Short in length and on middle, Naim hangs back to pull but mistimes it towards mid-wicket.
1.2
4
Hamish Bennett to Mohammad Naim, FOUR! That's a great boundary! Back of a length delivery outside off, angling away, Naim hangs on the back foot and punches it sweetly through point for a boundary. For your information, we are yet to hear from the match referee for the official revised target. We shall let you know if there is any change!
1.1
1
Hamish Bennett to Liton Das, A yorker length ball on off, dipping in, Liton keeps his eyes on the delivery and digs it out towards mid off for a run.
1.1
0
Hamish Bennett to Liton Das, Wide! A loosener, on a good length and angling down the leg side, Das fails to get any bat on it.

Hamish Bennett to speed in from the other end.

0.6
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Fuller and on middle, Naim gets behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler. 6 from the first over!
0.5
0
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Short in length and around leg, Naim is hurried into his pull shot and he ends up playing it to mid-wicket.
0.4
1
Tim Southee to Liton Das, A length ball on off, Liton pushes it towards mid off and scampers to the other end.
0.3
4
Tim Southee to Liton Das, FOUR! That's one way to tackle movement. Liton advances down the track to a good length delivery and flat-bats it over the bowler's end. Not quite gets hold of the shot but still has made enough connection to send it past the fence.
0.2
0
Tim Southee to Liton Das, Beaten! An extra bit of zip from the surface. On a good length and close to off, seaming away, Das feels for it inside the line and misses.
0.1
1
Tim Southee to Mohammad Naim, Starts with a length ball around off, a little bit of away movement, Naim pushes it to covers and gets off the mark with a single.