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New Zealand vs Bangladesh 3rd T20I Preview: Pride to play for as Tigers aim to avoid another clean sweep

Bangladesh players celebrate a wicket
Bangladesh players celebrate a wicket

Bangladesh have now lost 31 consecutive matches against New Zealand in New Zealand

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Other than application and execution, Bangladesh fall short on skill

It was another case of Bangladesh falling short of New Zealand in the 2nd T20I, perhaps due to lack of application and execution, but to a large extent due to the lack of skill and ability in the given set of conditions.

The Bangladesh bowlers did a great job of reducing New Zealand to 111/5 after 13.4 overs after Bangladesh won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat first in the second t20i. 

Glenn Phillips (58*, 31b) and Daryl Mitchell (34*, 16b), however, offset Bangladesh's advantage to take New Zealand to 173/5 when rain arrived and the Kiwis could not extend their innings any further after having batted for 17.5 overs.


Shoriful Islam repays faith

Earlier, Bangladesh decided to bring Taskin Ahmed in place of Mustafizur Rahman who was expensive in 3rd ODI and the 1st T20I. Although Ahmed picked up the crucial wicket of Finn Allen, he went at 12.80 RPO. 

Bangladesh's decision to back left arm seemer Shoriful Islam worked out as he was the best Bangladesh bowler on show in the second T20 The U-19 find conceded just 16 runs from his 3 overs while also picking up the prized scalp of the in-form Devon Conway.


DLS, and a heap of confusion

There was a lot of confusion in terms of the DLS score when Bangladesh came out to bat. A lack of understanding over whether Bangladesh required 148, 170 or 171 of the curtailed 16 overs meant that the match had to be halted after the first 9 deliveries to provide clarity over the Bangladesh target (finally ascertained to be 171 from 16 overs).

"I have never been involved in a game where players going out don't know what the target is, or don't know what the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) target is, or later on nobody has the idea of how many runs do we need after five overs, after six overs and so on. I don't think the game should have started until it was finalised and there was a clear indication of what we require and what we need at certain stages," Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo was clearly not pleased with the confusion.


Soumya Sarkar, the lone warrior

Be that as it may, Soumya Sarkar - batting at No. 3 - put on a display after Bangladesh finally knew their target. He thumped 51 runs off just 27 deliveries, with the help of 5 fours and 3 sixes while batting at a strike rate of 188.89.

But, perhaps, he played a shot too many and was holed out at long on off Tim Southee. Mohammad Naim made 38 but he did it off 35 deliveries, thus not helping the team's cause.

Apart from Mahmmadullah's 21 off 12 balls, there were no other notable contributions in the Bangladesh innings as they were restricted to 142/7 from the curtailed 16 overs to lose by 28 runs via the DLS method.

Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Hamish Bennett picked up two wickets each for New Zealand. Glenn Phillips, after scoring an explosive half century, also starred with the ball. The off spinner must have found it very difficult to grip the wet ball but did well, finishing with figures of 3-0-21-1.

Southee, who is captaining New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson, led from the front and conceded just 21 runs from his 4 overs.


Team changes

With the outcome of the series all but sealed, there is an opportunity for both teams to make a few changes to their playing XI . However, that does not seem likely with New Zealand intent on keeping their unblemished record at home intact.

As it is, they only have Todd Astle and Lockie Ferguson on the bench. The team will play one of Milne or Ferguson or can even go for both while keeping Hamish Bennett on the bench.

With Mushfiqur Rahim injured and Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan unavailable, Bangladesh do not have too many options on the bench either.

Here are the probable playing XIs:

New Zealand
- Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Will Young, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Adam Milne/Lockie Ferguson, Hamish Bennett  

Bangladesh - Liton Das (wk), Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mahedi Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam

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