Bangladesh team’s opponent was not difficult in today’s preparation match. The New Zealand XI consisted of almost all unfamiliar names. But the conditions were against it. Everyone was literally shivering with extreme cold. In such conditions, Bangladesh won the first match of the tour by 26 runs.
Batting first, Bangladesh had a great start. All of the top order – Tanjid Hasan Tamim, Enamul Haque Vijay, Soumya Sarkar and Liton Das were in rhythm. Except for Vijay (33), all three have crossed fifty.
However, Bangladesh lost the fifth wicket in the 29th over. The team’s run was 184. When Liton Das returned with a pair of 70 runs in 10 overs, Bangladesh’s tail end was exposed. But even in this situation, Bangladesh was not all out. Bangladesh got 80 more runs from the remaining 70 balls. And the entire credit goes to the leg spinning all-rounder Rishad Hasan.
Rishad scored 87 runs off 54 balls with 11 fours and 4 sixes. Later he also took 3 wickets for 52 runs with the ball. The New Zealand XI was in a good position to chase down. Despite losing 4 wickets for 80 runs, the fifth wicket pair took the team to 158 runs. Bharat Popli (92) and Sandeep Patel (89) are both victims of Afif Hossain. Under the pressure of the run chase, the host team was all out before 4 balls.
At the end of the match, Rishad Hoshen was saying how much the cold overcame them, ‘First it was a bit cold. We are trying to adapt for the last two-three days. I played a preparation match from there today. When the match started, the weather and the cold were not on the mind. I tried to adapt and play.’
Rishad felt more cold during bowling, ‘I will say about batting, after many days I got a chance to bat for a long time. I tried to run from the wicket. And during bowling I tried to keep myself warm in cold conditions. At the same time, it was also in mind that bowling may be required from time to time. I was mentally prepared. But still very cold. It felt a little uncomfortable. Other than that everything is fine. I hope the team will do well.’