New Zealand: 194/4 in 20 overs (Anderson 94*, Williamson 60, Rubel Hossain 3/31)
Bangladesh: 167/6 in 20 overs (Soumya 42, Shakib 41, Ish Sodhi 2/22)
New Zealand won the match by 27 runs.
Bangladeshi openers started hastily in reply to the massive target of 195 runs and scored 52 runs in just 5 overs. Soumya had regained his confidence in the last game and today he executed his elegancy much brilliantly and scored 42 runs in just 28 balls. But after his departure, Kiwi bowlers really created pressure and didn’t allow Bangladeshi batsmen to hit boundaries. Ish Sodhi was magnificent with his spell as he had clinched 2 wickets giving only 22 runs. Those middle overs eventually have done the trick for New Zealanders and Bangladesh have to swallow another clean sweep in the tour.
Bangladesh were still in the match after 10 overs as they had scored 89 for 2. But they could manage to score only 34 runs in the next five overs. Shakib tried at the end but his efforts weren’t enough to pull the game in favor of Bangladesh. Bangladesh lacked short of 27 runs.
Prior to Bangladeshi innings, fielders pass a horrible day on the field as two catches had been dropped. Fumbles, misfields were enormous and Kiwi batsmen really created pressure on the fielders by sneaking doubles and triples. Corey Anderson and Kane Williamson were exceptionally brilliant to build up New Zealand innings after the early stumbles and put a solid 124 runs 4th wicket partnership. Corey Anderson remained unbeaten on 94 runs and broke the Kiwi record of hitting most sixes in a T20I innings. Rubel Hossain was the most successful bowler for Bangladesh and clinched 3 wickets.
Bangladesh will have to face more challenges in the upcoming days as two test matches have been scheduled to be played between the two sides. Selectors have already announced the squad and Mushfiqur Rahim has made a comeback after his left hamstring injury.
The first test will be commenced from January 12.