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NZ vs BAN, 2nd T20I: New Zealand beat Bangladesh in rain affected match to win series

For the winning side, the hero were Glenn Phillips who played a blistering inning of 58 runs off 31 balls, and Daryl Mitchell who with the former added 62 runs of the last 38 balls.

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New Zealand in action against Bangladesh in second T20I at McLean Park, Napier

Napier: New Zealand defeated Bangladesh on Tuesday (March 30) in a rain-affected second T20I match by 28 runs at the McLean Park, Napier to win the three-match series. For the winning side, the hero were Glenn Phillips who played a blistering inning of 58 runs off 31 balls, and Daryl Mitchell who with the former added 62 runs of the last 38 balls. The visitors once again threw the match away after being in a strong position and are still searching for their first away win against New Zealand for over two decades.

Earlier in the day, New Zeland were asked to bat by the visitors and lost their first wicket in the fourth over as Nasum Ahmed would dismiss Finn Allen. Two overs later, Martin Guptill would be gone too after an outstanding catch by Taskin Ahmed at short fine leg. Devon Conway would be the next to depart after he top-edged the ball to Mohammad Mithun at deep mid-wicket.

Will Young’s stay at the crease was also uneventful as he managed to score only 14 runs off 17 balls. However, just like every match, the Kiwis were able to make a comeback through Phillips and Mitchell as they posted 173 on the board at the end of 17.5 overs.

Rain interrupted play and it was decided that the match would be reduced to 16 overs. Bangladesh came out to bat but the play was stopped after 1.3 overs as the match referee was unable to decide on the target under the Duckworth Lewis system. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity, the visitors were required to chase make 171 runs in 16 overs to win the match.

While Bangladesh lost Liton Das early in the inning the incoming Soumya Sarkar made his intentions clear from ball one as he smacked Adam Milne for a four. The left-hander’s quick scoring helped the batting teams reach 94 at the end of 10 overs. His partner Mohammad Naim was however struggling which increased the onus on Sarkar.

This pressure would lead to his downfall after he was caught at long-on by Milne. Post Sarkar’s departure the visitors would fall like a pack of cards as the score went from 94-1 to 126-6. This would prove too much for the lower batting order to handle as they would ultimately fall way short of their target.

2nd T20

New Zealand: 173-5 (17.5 Ov)

Glenn Phillips: 58(31)                 Mahedi Hasan: 4-0-45-2

Daryl Mitchell: 34(16)                 Shoriful Islam: 3-0-16-1

Martin Guptill: 21(18)                 Mohammad Saifuddin: 3-0-35-1

Bangladesh: 142-7 (16 Ov)

Soumya Sarkar: 51(27)                Tim Southee: 4-0-21-2

Mohammad Naim: 38(35)          Hamish Bennett: 3-0-31-2

Mahmudullah: 21(12)                 Adam Milne: 3-0-34-2