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Tigers caught in own trap

  • Samsul Arefin Khan
  • 5th September, 2021 10:01:31 PM
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Tigers caught in own trap

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Bangladesh were bowled out for their joint second lowest T20 score as they conceded a 52-run hammering against New Zealand during the third match of the five T20I series in Dhaka on Sunday.

Bangladeshi batters provided an ordinary batting performance as New Zealand spin trio Ajaz Patel (4-16), Cole McConchie (3-15) and Rachin Ravindra (1-13) shared eight wickets between them to bundle out the hosts for 76 runs in 19.4 to embarrass them with their lowest T20 score at home soil.

The Tigers’ previous lowest total in Bangladesh was 85-9 against Pakistan back in 2011 at the same venue.

The Kiwis earlier posted 128-5 in their stipulated overs after Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell scored unbeaten 36 and 30 runs respectively.

The pair put up an unbroken stand of 66 runs for the sixth wicket and ensured the visitors a challenging total on board after they won the toss and elected to bat first.

Despite the defeat, Bangladesh are still leading the series 2-1 after winning the opening two matches of the series by seven wickets and four runs respectively.

Bangladesh innings started to collapse after McConchie trapped Liton Das (15) in front after an 23-run opening stand.

Mahedi Hasan, who was promoted at number three, couldn’t live up to the expectations as he was dismissed by Ajaz on one in the next over while Shakib Al Hasan was out for a duck two balls later by the same bowler.

Bangladesh lost Mohammad Naim (13) in the seven over while skipper Mahmudullah, who became the first Bangladeshi cricketer to play 100 T20Is during the match and Afif Hossain became Ajaz’s third and fourth victim respectively in the 10th over that literally ended Bangladesh’s chance in the match.

Mushfiqur Rahim played an innings of unbeaten 20 off 37 balls but Bangladesh kept on losing wickets from the other hand and lost all their wickets with two balls to spare.

Earlier, pacer Mustafizur Rahman gave Bangladesh the first breakthrough by dismissing Finn Allen, who returned to the squad after missing the first two matches due to his testing Covid-19 positive, on 15.

Ravindra and Will Young, who made identical 20 runs each, shared a 30-run stand for the second wicket before Mohammad Saifuddin (2-28) removed Young and Colin de Grandhomme in the same over.

Mahmudullah and Mahedi then took two quick wickets to reduce the visitors to 62-5 in the 11th over before Nicholls and Blundell’s unbroken stand helped their side finish with a decent total.

The fourth match of the series is scheduled to take place on Wednesday at the same venue.