The fear came true. There was a threat of rain in Bangladesh’s second T20I against New Zealand. After 11 overs of the match, rain fell from the skies of Mt Manganui. Batting first, New Zealand amassed 72 for 2 before heavy rain halted play.
A relief for Bangladesh until the rains, the departure of dangerous Tim Seifert. The Kiwi opener was in an aggressive mood from the start of the match. Partner Finn Allen returned in the second over of the innings but continued to bat in a murderous mood. One ball after another kept hitting the boundary. However, Seifert, who became dangerous for Bangladesh, brought back the breakthrough by Tanzim Hasan Shakib.
Bangladesh got the second wicket for 58 runs. In the eighth over of the innings, Seifert was confused by the off cutter of the right-handed pacer. Nazmul Hossain Shanto took a great catch after running a long way at mid-off. Seifert played an innings of 43 runs off just 23 balls before returning. The Kiwi opener had 6 fours and 1 six in his innings.
Bangladesh almost got the third wicket in the tenth over of the match. Daryl Mitchell got two lives in that over of Mustafiz. Afif narrowly misses the catch on the first ball of the over, Tanjim Shakib misses the chance on the fifth ball.
Earlier, Bangladesh captain Shanto invited New Zealand to field after winning the toss. In the first over, the two Kiwi openers scored 9 runs from Mehdi Hasan’s over. Shariful Islam gave Bangladesh a breakthrough by bowling in the second over.
A length ball slightly outside the off-stump by Shariful, Finn Allen wanted to hit. But the fielder Rishad Hossain standing at the cover did not make a mistake to take the catch. The Kiwi opener had to return to the dressing room after scoring only 2 runs off 5 balls.