New Zealand continue winning form in first T20I
New Zealand domination over Bangladesh continues as they have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a hammering 66-run win in the first T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
Four players made their T20I debuts: Finn Allen and Will Young for New Zealand and Nasum Ahmed and Shoriful Islam for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur Rahim was ruled out of the match with shoulder injury.
Opting to bat first, New Zealand made full use of the short boundaries to take their score to 210/3. Devon Conway yet again start for the hosts as he made 92* runs off 52 balls, striking 11 fours 3 sixes.
While Allen departed for a golden duck to left-arm spinner Nasum in the first over, the other debutant Young made his first international half-century – 53 off 30 with 2 fours and 4 sixes.
Opener Martin Guptill, in his 100th T20I, made 35 at the top before falling to Nasum. Conway and Young took the game away from Bangladesh in a 105-run third wicket partnership.
Inexperienced Bangladesh batting fell apart in the run chase, losing 6 wickets for 59 runs. Mohammad Naim failed to convert his start – 27 off 18.
Ish Sodhi picked two-in-an-over twice including identical dismissals of opposition skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Mahedi Hasan in consecutive deliveries.
Afif Hossain showed glimpses of some positivity in his 45 off 33. Saifuddin remained unbeaten on run-a-ball 34. Bangladesh ended on 144/8.
Sodhi remained the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 28. Lockie Ferguson captured 2 for 25 on his return to the side.
New Zealand 210/3 in 20 overs (Conway 92*, Young 53; Nasum 2/30, Mahedi 1/37
Bangladesh 144/8 in 20 overs (Afif 45, Saifuddin 34*; Sodhi 4/28, Ferguson 2/25)
New Zealand won by 66 runs
Player of the Match: Devon Conway