Bangladesh will face New Zealand in their second match of the tri-nation T20 series in Christchurch today. Tigers have no option to win this match in their quest to survive in the series. Moreover, Sohan-Liton desperately wants to show their improvement in such a match. The match kicks off at 12 noon Bangladesh time on Sunday.
Earlier, Bangladesh started the tournament by losing by 21 runs to Pakistan in their first match. Such a rate was not acceptable at all. Despite being in a good position in the game, the Tigers lost several wickets in the middle overs of the innings and fell out of the fight. Without the left-arm pacer Mostafizur Rahman, bowling in Bangladesh was quite good. Despite the weakness of the shortest form of cricket, Bangladesh tried to keep up with the opposition in the tri-series match.
Mostafiz’s poor bowling in the death overs is also believed to be the reason for Bangladesh’s loss. He gave up 48 runs in four overs. In 17th and 20th place, Fizz gave up 29 runs in his last two overs. However, in the 18th and 19th overs, two other pacers, Taskin Ahmed and Tarun Hasan Mahmud, gave fewer runs than Fiz.
In the end, if Mustafiz had bowled as expected, Pakistan would have lost 15/20 runs. In it, Pakistan got less than 167 runs for 5 wickets. Still, Bangladesh played a great game thanks to the at-bat of Liton Das-Afif Hossain. They moved Bangladesh to 87 runs for 2 wickets at the end of the 13th averaging 50 runs from 38 balls. Then the batting collapsed and Bangladesh lost four wickets for just 14 runs. And there, the game loss is largely confirmed for the Tigers. In the end, Bangladesh scored 146 runs for 8 wickets.
Nurul Hasan Sohan, who led the team in the absence of regular captain Shakib Al Hasan, blamed the fall of wickets in the middle overs for the loss. Sohan is desperate not to make the mistakes of the previous game against New Zealand.
He said: ‘We are disappointed. The wicket was good and the bowlers did well. However, we need to improve on a number of points. The match had to be lost due to the loss of wickets in the middle overs during batting.
Permanent captain Shakib Al Hasan, who was rested in the first game, is ready to go back on the field with the game against New Zealand. Shakib’s return will energize Bangladesh. But the history and record of Bangladesh against New Zealand are not good at all. Statistics show that Bangladesh has only won three out of 15 matches against the Black Caps in this format. And the Tigers have lost all seven T20s on New Zealand soil.
Bangladesh won the first test match on New Zealand soil earlier this year. Until then, the Tigers could not win a single international match on Kiwi soil. The win earlier in the year will lead to a T20 win on New Zealand soil. In total, Bangladesh has played 136 T20 matches. There are 47 wins. The loss is in 86. The other three games were abandoned. Meanwhile, New Zealand lost to Pakistan by 6 wickets in their first match. So the Kiwis will also take to the field to turn the game against Bangladesh.