Napier: Bangladesh claimed a historic five-wicket win over New Zealand on Wednesday after their seamers ran riot in the opening game of their three-match Twenty20 series on Wednesday in Napier.
This was Bangladesh’s first Twenty20 win on New Zealand soil, four days after also claiming a maiden away One-Day International win over the Black Caps in Napier.
Asked to bat by Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto, New Zealand made a disastrous start losing three wickets before reaching 134 for nine after their 20 overs.
The Black Caps bowlers gave home fans hope with the early wickets of Bangladesh opener Rony Talukdar and Shanto.
Veteran Litton Das partnered up with Soumya Sarkar, then Towhid Hridoy to steer Bangladesh to 96-4 after 13 overs.
The visitors were wobbling at 97-5 as they lost wickets in quick succession after Afif Hossain was caught for one run in six balls.
Das, who finished on 42 not out, survived two close calls as he battled cramp.
The on-field umpire gave him out lbw on Tim Southee’s bowling, but the Bangladesh opener stayed at the crease when the review showed the ball would have sailed over the stumps.
Ish Sodhi then caught Das at the boundary, but stepped onto the boundary rope to give away six runs.
It fell to Mahedi Hasan, who finished 19 not out, to hit the winning runs in his partnership of 40 with Das with eight balls spare.
Punching abover the weight
The second and third Twenty20 in Internationals will both be played at Mount Maunganui on Friday, then Sunday.
Bangladesh, ranked ninth in Twenty20 international cricket, punched above their weight to floor third-ranked New Zealand.
Having dismissed New Zealand for 98 in Saturday’s third One-Day International in losing the series 2-1, the Bangladesh bowlers picked up where they left off.
Pick of the bowlers
Hasan bowled Tim Seifert in the opening over.
Shoriful Islam was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3-26, including having Finn Allen caught and Glenn Phillips trapped lbw in consecutive balls.
Daryl Mitchell hit consecutive fours before falling for 14 to leave New Zealand 20-4.
Mark Chapman hit 19 off as many balls before being caught with the score on 50-5.
Captain Mitchell Santner and James Neesham put on 41 before Sarkar made his second catch to dismiss Santner, having also caught Allen in the slips.
Neesham fell two runs short of his 50, holing out at deep cover point, and Southee was caught on eight.
Adam Milne hit a towering six off the final ball to finish 16 not out, but Bangladesh’s batters chipped away at New Zealand’s tally.