1st T20I B’desh script history with 7-wicket win after bowling New Zealand out for 60
DHAKA: Bangladesh scripted history on Wednesday, registering their first-ever win over New Zealand in T20I cricket as they hammered the visitors by 7 wickets after bowling them out for just 60 in the opening match of the 5-match T20I series in Dhaka. This was their first win over the Blackcaps in 11 T20I meetings between the two teams. Bangladesh also continued their fine run in the shortest format of the game at home. After hammering Australia 4-1 last month, the hosts have begun well against New Zealand, albeit the visitors fielding a weakened team in the absence of their several first-choice players. After opting to bat, Tom Latham's men were bundled out for just 60 runs. This is New Zealand's joint lowest-ever total in T20I cricket and the lowest for an opposition against Bangladesh. The implosion from New Zealand comes shortly after Australia were bowled out for 62 in the final T20I of their series against Bangladesh last month, making the hosts the first team to bowl oppositions out for less than 70 in successive T20Is. New Zealand were off to a horror start as they were reduced to 9 for 4 inside the first 4 overs. Nasum Ahmed removed Tom Blundell and Colin de Grandhomme while Shakib Al Hasan got Will Young for 5. Off-spinner Mehedi Hasan removed opener Rachin Ravindra. Captain Tom Latham and senior batsman Henry Nicholls hit 18 each but none of the other batsmen got past 5 runs in the innings. Shakib topped the bowling charts with 3 wickets while Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Saifuddin picked up two each to jolt the New Zealand batting unit. Shakib steers Bangladesh to victory In reply, Bangladesh lost Mohammad Naim and Liton Das early and were reduced to 7 for 2 but Shakib rescued the innings with 25 from 33 balls. Mushfiqur Rahim (16*), and Mahmudullah (14*) got Bangladesh past the finish line in the 16th over. Notably, none of the 16 batters who played on Wednesday had a strike rate of over 100. - AFP