1st T20 New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Bangladesh then recovered 7-2 and won with five overs to spare
Bangladesh won their first match of the Twenty20 format against New Zealand in their 11th attempt, opening the five-match series by seven wickets on Wednesday.
New Zealand was bowled out for 60 in their joint lowest score of 16.5 overs and Bangladesh recovered from 7-2 and won with five overs to spare, 62-3.
Bangladesh has now reached the lowest T20 totals in a month for both New Zealand and Australia. In the fifth and final match in August, Bangladesh defeated Australia by 62 runs to win the series 4-1.
Once again Bangladesh spinners and fast bowler Mustafizur Rehman played a key role on the slow and low surface, after which they ended 3-13.
Left-arm spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Nasum Ahmed, and pacer Saifuddin took two wickets each while off-spinner Mahdi Hasan took one wicket.
Nasum Ahmed dismissed debutant Rachin Ravindra with a return catch in the third ball of the innings after Tom Latham opted to bat first. Shakib smashed the top order with him and reduced the Kiwis to 9-4 in just the fourth over.
Latham and Henry Nichols shared 34 for the fifth wicket and were ready to stabilize the innings. But after they both scored 18, the pacer got a huge shot on Saifuddin.
Only two batsmen to score double digits.
Mustafizur Rahman cleaned the tail to deny the visitor a chance to cross the 100 mark.
Off-spinner Cole McConaughey, one of New Zealand’s two debutants, and left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel’s quick removal of openers Mohammad Naeem and Liton Das gave the team a glimmer of hope.
Veteran Shakib, however, kept his nose down with a small but valuable 25 off 33 balls before putting Ravindra on his account for his first wicket.
Mushfiqur Rahim and captain Mahmudullah, who returned to the team after Australia lost the series, led the former batsman to victory for the mid-wicket boundary.
Rahim was 16th while Mahmudullah was 14th.
The second match is on Friday.