The hosts New Zealand started the three-match T20I series against the visitors Bangladesh in a strong fashion as they won the series opener by 66 runs.
After New Zealand captain Tim Southee chose to bat first, the hosts scored 210/3 (20 overs). In reply, Bangladesh managed to score 144/8 (20 overs).
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2021, 1st T20I
2nd innings (Bangladesh): Ish Sodhi bagged four wickets
Once again Bangladesh batting unimpressed in this New Zealand tour as they failed to provide a good start. The visitors lost the wickets at regular intervals as they had no chance to fight back in that chasing.
Opener Mohammad Naim scored 27 runs while the next three batsmen failed to reach the double-digit scores. Captain Mahmudullah was also dismissed for just 11 runs. When Bangladesh were struggling on 59/6, Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin played some respectful knocks as the visitors managed to achieve at least a respectful total.
While Afif scored 45 off 33 balls (5 fours and only six), Saifuddin scored run-a-ball 34 not out (3 fours and only six).
Among the New Zealand bowlers, Ish Sodhi got four wickets as he had bowling figures of 4-0-28-4. Also, Lockiew Ferguson scalped two wickets (4-0-25-2) while captain Tim Southee (1/34) and Hamish Bennett (1/20) bagged one wicket each.
1st innings (New Zealand): Devon Conway scored another unbeaten 90, T20I debutant Will Young scored a 50
Debutant left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed started the day in a strong fashion as he dismissed the debutant opener Finn Allen for a golden duck and that too on the sixth ball of the day. But then Martin Guptill and Devon Conway put up the 52 runs partnership for the second wicket.
In the seventh over, Nasum Ahmed took another wicket as this time he dismissed the other opener Guptill for 35 runs. But then in-form Conway and another T20I debutant Will Young set up the strong partnership of 105 runs for the third wicket. Conway completed his fifty in 37 balls while Young scored a half-century in just 28 balls.
In the 17th over, Mahedi Hasan finally dismissed Young for 53 runs off 30 balls (2 fours and 4 sixes) but then Conway and Glenn Phillips ended the innings with another firing 52 runs partnership for the unbroken fourth wicket. Conway once again remained not out on the 90s as this time he scored 92 not out off 52 balls (11 fours and 3 sixes). Meanwhile, Phillips scored 24 not out off just 10 balls with the help of 3 fours and only sixer.
Brief Scores: New Zealand – 210/3 in 20 overs (Devon Conway 92*, Will Young 53; Nasum Ahmed 2/30)
Bangladesh – 144/8 in 20 overs (Afif Hossain 45, Mohammad Saifuddin 34*; Ish Sodhi 4/28)
Result – New Zealand won by 66 runs