As expected, Bangladesh were no match to New Zealand as the hosts decimated the Tigers in a crushing 8 wicket win. Chasing a target of paltry 132, the Kiwi’s cruised to victory in just 21.2 overs. Henry Nicholls top scored for New Zealand with an unbeaten 49 while Martin Guptill blasted a 19 ball 38. Will young remained not out on 11. Trent Boult was the pick of the bowlers and returned with figures of 4-27 in 8.5 overs.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and put Bangladesh in to bat. The Kiwi pacers were on the money from ball one and put forth a stern challenge for the visitors. Tamim Iqbal was the first one to go and was trapped plumb by Trent Boult for 13. In the same over, Boult got the better of Soumya Sarkar for 0, leaving Bangladesh reeling at 19-2. Mushfiqur Rahim joined Liton Das in the middle but the Kiwi pacers were too hot to handle. Not a single batsmen from Bangladesh could resist the New Zealand bowling as Bangladesh were bowled out for 131. This was Bangladesh’s 14th consecutive loss on New Zealand soil. Reflecting on their dreadful batting performance, Tamim rued soft dismissals and said that Bangladesh are themselves to blame for their misery.
“I thought there were too many soft dismissals. No doubt they bowled really well, but we have ourselves to blame. We take pride in our batting and that was nowhere near enough,” Tamim said in the post match presentation.
Even though Bangladesh were playing their first away game post the pandemic, Tamim said his team was well aware of the conditions. He was hopeful of a better performance in the next game.
“We had a couple of days here, I cannot complain about our preparation. It's not new to us, we know what to expect. And we hope we put up a better performance,” the 32-year-old said.
Mahedi Hasan was the only bright spot on a gloomy day for Bangladesh. The debutant bowled his heart out and conceded just 17 runs in his 6 overs. Tamim showered praises on Hasan’s brave performance.