Bangladesh lose second T20I despite Soumya heroics


Bangladesh Tour of New Zealand 2021

Second T20I

Venue : McLean Park, Napier

Toss : Bangladesh won the toss and decided to bowl first.

New Zealand : 173/5 in 17.5 overs (Phillips 58*, Daryl 34*, Guptill 21; Mahedi 2/45, Shoriful 1/16, Saifuddin 1/35)

Bangladesh : 142/7 in 16 overs (Target 170 in 16 overs) (Soumya 51, Naim Sheikh 38, Mahmudullah 21; Southee 2/21, Bennett 2/31, Milne 2/34)

Result : New Zealand won by 28 runs (D/L Method)

Player of the Match : Glenn Phillips.

The hosts secure the T20I series with one match in hand as Bangladesh lost the match by 28 runs in a rain-affected encounter at McLean Park. New Zealand lead the series 2-0. Third and final match of the series will be held on April 1 in Auckland.

Winning the toss, Mahmudullah invited New Zealand to bat first. Bangladesh made one change as Taskin Ahmed came in for Mustafizur Rahman.

The Blackcaps had a flying solid start before the bowlers fought-back by picking up couple of wickets to reduce them 55 for 3. Mahedi Hasan then removed Young and Chapman for 14 and 7 respectively. At 117 for 5, New Zealand were in trouble. But Phillips came to the rescue with Daryl as the pair added quickfire 62 runs partnership.

Rain interrupted the play twice as New Zealand ended their innings on 173 for 5 in 16.5 overs. Philips was not out on 58 and Daryl was on 34. Revised target for Bangladesh set for 170 in 16 overs.

Bad run continue for Liton Kumar in the tour as he gone early for 6. Following his departure, Soumya Sarkar launched attack on the New Zealand bowlers. During his 81-run stand with Naim Sheikh Tigers looked all set for tight finish in the chase. But New Zealand made their way back in the macth after Soumya got out after scoring 51 off 27 balls.

Bangladesh lost 5 wickets for 37 and finally managed to post 142 for 7 after 20 overs. Southee, Bennett and Milne shared 2 wickets each for New Zealand.