There was a chance to win the series on New Zealand soil for the first time. But in the third and last T20 of the series at Mt Manganui, the batsmen of Bangladesh surrendered helplessly. Batting first, the visitors were bundled out for 110 with four balls left in the innings.
In reply, the hosts scored 95 runs for 5 wickets in 14.4 overs before going into batting and rain. The result was a 17-run loss to Bangladesh in the rain.
Nazmul Hasan Shanto blamed the batsmen’s failure as the reason for such a loss. In the post-match press conference, the Bangladesh captain said, ‘Our bowlers have played a great role. However, the batsmen could not perform their duties properly. The bowlers bowled brilliantly.’
Earlier, the visitors beat New Zealand by five wickets in the first match in Napier to advance the series. The next match at Mt Manganui was marred by rain. The third and final match of the series was rained out today, but by then the match was over. In this match, the Kiwi captain Mitchell Santner won the toss and decided to field first in the way shown by Bangladesh in Napier.
Opener Soumya Sarkar departed in the first over of batting. The visitors scored 45 runs for 3 wickets in the power play. Later, the batsmen could not maintain the pace of runs. The last 5 batsmen added only 42 runs to the scoreboard.
Shanta also blamed the failure of not being able to score runs at the end, ‘The start is very important in T20. We got off to a good start but couldn’t pull it off. This is where we went wrong.’
The batsmen did not do well in the first match of the series either. Nobody could cross 20 except Liton Das and Soumya. Lytton received life twice in between. However, due to the bowlers, there was no problem for Bangladesh to win as the target was low that day. Today the bowlers could not save the end.