In the first match of the series against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Wednesday, New Zealand recorded their joint-lowest T20I score. New Zealand was bowled out for 60 in the 17th over after electing to bat.
Mustafizur Rahman was Bangladesh’s star bowler, taking three wickets for 13 runs in 2.5 overs. While Mohammad Saifuddin, Shakib Al Hasan, and Nasum Ahmed took two wickets, and Mahedi Hasan took one wicket.
Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, both from New Zealand, shared the lead with 18 runs each. The southpaws put on a 34-run fifth-wicket stand, the best total in the innings.
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In the opening over, Mahedi Hasan struck, dismissing rookie Rachin Ravindra for a golden duck when he was caught and bowled by the off-spinner.
Shakib bowled Will Young for five runs. Left-arm spinner Nasum followed with two wickets in one over, including Colin de Grandhomme, who was out for one run, to reduce New Zealand to 9-4. At the end of the powerplay, the Kiwis were only up to 18/4.
Latham and Nicholls put on 34 runs for the fifth wicket, however Saifuddin broke the stand with the captain’s wicket to further scare New Zealand.
As the New Zealand batting crumbled like a pack of cards, debutant Cole McConchie was out for naught, and Saifuddin sent back Nicholls.
In men’s T20Is, New Zealand’s innings run-rate of 3.56 is the lowest by a full-member nation in completed innings.
Moreover Bangladesh won their first-ever match against Australia in any format last month. They defeated Matthew Wade’s team 4-1 in a five-T20I series. Bangladesh knocked out Australia for 62 in the final ODI, their lowest T20I score.
The series was held on surfaces that allowed for a lot of turns. The start of the current series against New Zealand suggests that the current series may follow a similar pattern.
New Zealand was also struck out for 60 in a T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka in Chittagong in 2014. Both of the Kiwis’ lowest scores have occurred in Bangladesh, where they haven’t had much success.