About the Match
After clinching the ODI series 3-0 against New Zealand, Bangladesh will play the Kiwis in the lone T20 match at Dhaka on Nov 6. The home team has put up brilliant performances so far and collectively made a clean sweep of the one-day format of the game against the visitors. It needs to be seen if the Kiwis will have something to cheer about by winning this match before heading back home or will Bangladesh once again emerge victorious and continue on their winning spree.
A brilliant knock of 96 runs by Shamsur Rahman built the foundation of their chase for 307 runs in the 3rd ODI. Ziaur Rahman and Mominul Haque gave considerable support but it was Shamsur’s partnership with Naeem Islam that added another 75 runs on board at a critical situation. Later on, Naeem along with Nasir Hossain put up a strong 50 run partnership for the 5th wicket and Hossain continued with the lower order and reached the target, helping the team win by 4 wickets. He played an all-round performance by contributing well with an economical bowling spell. Though Mahmudullah took 2 wickets and other bowlers got wickets regularly, they couldn’t restrict New Zealand from crossing 300. However, the batsmen kept their nerves and built strong partnerships that were key to them winning the title. The upcoming T20 match will surely prove to be an exciting contest as the home team is looking forward to deny a win to the Kiwis.
Ross Taylor’s unbeaten 107 runs off 93 balls went in vain as the bowlers failed to defend 307. He added 130 runs along with Colin Munro who scored a brilliant 85 runs and earlier on the openers had put up a strong 66-run partnership to start off with. This strong performance by the batsmen was the foundation on which the Kiwis believed to come up with a win here; however, the bowling department that did take wickets at a regular pace couldn’t stop the run flow by the Bangladesh batting line-up. McClenaghan got 2 wickets whereas Devcich, Nathan and Anderson got a wicket each; however they could not make a dent on the opponent’s spirits and lost the match by 4 wickets. The team’s inexperience is a big concern but they will definitely try to put up a better show in the T20 match on Wednesday.
It’s been a disappointing series for New Zealand here and they have a lot of lessons to take back. Bangladesh on the other hand has emerged as a strong unit and proved to be a formidable unit to reckon with. While the Kiwis have inexperienced members in the team, some of them show a lot of promise and they will definitely look forward to give a winning performance in the last match of the series. Bangladesh batsmen have shown a lot of confidence recently and the team is bursting with energy. Though the Kiwis have lost the series comprehensively, they still seem to have some firepower left in their belly. They have an experienced and better-on-paper T20 side and with opportunity to go aggressive right from the beginning, they look good; I’d place my money on New Zealand.
New Zealand, 1.80 @ Bet365