Bangladesh will look to salvage pride when they take on New Zealand in the third and final Twenty20 International in Mount Maunganui on Sunday (January 8).
The hosts have taken an unassailable 2-0 lead with convincing wins in both the matches. They also won the three-match One-Day International series prior to the T20Is 3-0.
The teams go into the final match with fresh memories of New Zealand’s thumping win in the second game, played at the same venue. The win was built on a massive batting performance, led by Colin Munros’s whirlwind 54-ball 101 and Tom Bruce’s unbeaten 39-ball 59 in only his second international match.
The knocks, which came after New Zealand were in a spot of bother at 46 for 3, powered them to 195 for 7 setting up a comfortable 47-run win. What would hurt Bangladesh is that the hosts outplayed them at their own game, using spin. Ish Sodhi, Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner picked up six wickets between them to bowl Bangladesh out for 148 in 18.1 overs.
New Zealand also put in an identical all-round performance in the first game, where Williamson’s unbeaten 73 took them to an easy six-wicket win in a chase of 142.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, have struggled with bat and ball in the T20s. Among the minor positives, Mahmudullah, Sabbir Rahman and Souwmya Sarkar showed sparks of form over the first two games.
But overall, their batsmen succumbed to New Zealand’s pace attack in the first game and then the spin trio in the next, while their own bowlers haven’t been able to exert pressure. They also failed to capitalise on the early breakthroughs on Friday, allowing Munro and Bruce to run away with the game.
New Zealand had a minor blow when Luke Ronchi was ruled out of the final game with a tear to his right adductor. Tom Blundell, the uncapped Wellington wicketkeeper, has been named as the replacement.
The teams will play a two-Test series after the third T20I.
Teams (from): New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, George Worker, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Tom Blundell (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ben Wheeler.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mosaddek Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman, Shuvagata Hom, Subashis Roy, Taijul Islam, Nurul Hasan (wk).