After successfully defending 1 run in the final over against New Zealand on Friday, Mustafizur Rahman thrashed Bangladesh in their victory in the second T20. Although there were some dangerous situations in the game, the home team showed again how terrible they can be in their own conditions.
Tom Latham played a heroic inning in condition for the spectators. He was unbeaten on balls but New Zealand was a little behind eight balls for the rest of the game, but it brought a moment when they fought against Bangladesh.
With Rachin removing Rabindra Liton Das and Mushfiqur Rahim in quick succession, Mahmudullah and Nurul Hasan put on 322 for the sixth wicket to take the hosts to 111 for one.
Bangladesh helped their two fast bowlers when it was really important. Mustafizur and Mohammad Saifuddin defended the runs in the last three overs, knowing full well that the captain could not change his pace plan at this stage. Saifuddin has always been fighting for his position, but after taking three wickets against Australia, the team management rewarded him in the first two matches against New Zealand.
Although visitors will not feel completely isolated from the chain. They can take hearts and lessons from their captain. Latham calls himself No. Take on the numbers, and despite the huge gap in his T20 biography, he batted in a mix of ODI and T20 skills. He relied on one and two in the beginning and hit six boundaries and a six against the normal ball.
They got a little help from Will Young and Cole McConchy but the New Zealand batsmen have to contribute more to keep themselves afloat in this series.
On the other hand, Bangladesh breathed a sigh of relief by adding 59 runs from their openers Mohammad Name and Liton. In this position, Bangladesh is better than New Zealand, because they have got experienced hands like Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah to show their way in difficult situations.
In the spotlight
In his 100th T20, Mahmudullah said he had no specific plans but it was like seeing his white-ball form today. He has batted best on this tough pitch, often defending. Even as the T20 captain, Mahmudullah has proved his mettle and made a calm appearance.
Rachin Rabindra cannot take a break as a batsman. During his T20 debut, he was out with a chip on the bowler, before missing a long-hop in the second match. But after taking three big wickets on Friday, New Zealand is serving through their bowling. Rabindra has to have some patience to run in Dhaka, though his bowling has shown that he has the earnings of a street smart cricketer.
Bangladesh, which led the series 2-0, is unlikely to change that combination.
Match: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I
Date and Time: September 5th, 2021 Sunday, 03:30 PM IST
Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka
The ground at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Akar is dull. Overall, this will help the spinners. The first two matches were how the ball didn’t hit the bat so easily, providing little support to the batsmen.
According to Online World Weather, Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur, Mirpur, Bangladesh is going to have moderate rain tomorrow with a maximum temperature of 36 degrees Celsius and a minimum temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. Expected fall 10.10 mm.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah(c), Afif Hossain, Nurul Hasan(w), Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
New Zealand (Playing XI): Will Young, Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham(w/c), Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Cole McConchie, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ajaz Patel, Jacob Duffy