Bangladesh v New Zealand, only T20I, Mirpur November 6, 2013

Batsmen help New Zealand seal first win on tour

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New Zealand 204 for 5 (Munro 73*, Devcich 59) beat Bangladesh 189 for 9 (Mushfiqur 50, Mahmudullah 34, Southee 3-38) by 15 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

More than four weeks after arriving in Bangladesh, New Zealand finally won a game. They beat Bangladesh by 15 runs in the one-off Twenty20 in Mirpur, a testament to their prowess in this format over the hosts. Colin Munro and Anton Devcich gave them the platform after which their bowlers merely had to ride out Bangladesh's over aggressiveness in the chase.

New Zealand's 204 for 5 was the highest score against Bangladesh in this format, and there have only been four successful chases of over 200. Bangladesh fell 15 short of their target.

The home bowlers, however, were not at their best after the stand-in captain Kyle Mills decided to bat first. New Zealand started off briskly, before slowing down and later gathering pace. Devcich, who began the onslaught, scored New Zealand's second fastest Twenty20 fifty, off 24 balls. He made the best of a let-off in the first over of the game when Al-Amin Hossain dropped him at short fine leg off Mashrafe Mortaza. He struck six boundaries in the first 2.3 overs, before slogging Sohag Gazi for a six over midwicket in the fourth over that cost 16.

He was finally dismissed in the tenth over when he was caught at wide long-on for 59 off 31 balls with ten fours and a six, an excellent start to his international Twenty20 career.

While Bangladesh would have hoped that they had recovered from the Devcich onslaught, Munro's attack left the bowlers with no answers. Bangladesh conceded 118 off the last ten overs, 55 of which came in the last five as the batsmen threw everything at the ball.

Munro batted at a higher gear after facing just five deliveries. He exploited the poor bowling lengths by striking four sixes off the next eight balls. Abdur Razzak was hit over midwicket and long-on in the 12th over before Mahmudullah conceded an enormous switch hit six for which Munro turned around, leant back and smashed the short ball to a right-hander's midwicket. He continued in the same vein, ending up on an unbeaten 73 off 39 balls with five sixes and three fours.

Debutant Al-Amin took two wickets for 31 runs from his four overs but his more experienced colleagues had a humbling time with the ball. Mortaza gave away 46 from four overs while neither Gazi nor Razzak bowled their full quota. Bangladesh's Twenty20 bowling has been a worry for a very long time, and with the World T20 a few months away, this area should keep the captain, coaching staff and bowlers busy throughout the winter.

Bangladesh's reply to 204 was frenetic. Shamsur Rahman slammed a boundary off the first ball of the innings and next ball found the long leg fielder. The other opener, Ziaur Rahman, then opened up with a hoick over midwicket before he too perished off the next ball. Bangladesh lost their openers in the first over.

Mominul Haque followed the openers' approach and departed too, but Mushfiqur Rahim and Naeem Islam stayed at the crease and continued to attack. They blasted 23 runs off the fourth over of the innings bowled by Mitchell McClenaghan, with Mushfiqur hitting three successive fours off the first three balls, and Naeem following up with a four and a six. Bangladesh reached 50 in the fourth over, but the partnership ended soon after when Naeem mistimed a slog and walked back for 18 off 10 balls.

Mushfiqur kept with the required rate, reaching a maiden Twenty20 fifty off 28 balls and adding 54 for the fifth wicket with Nasir Hossain. But Mushfiqur departed at the end of the eleventh over when he too was out slogging, but it was a good innings, having struck seven fours and a six.

Bangladesh's hopes dissipated further when Nathan McCullum claimed a superb catch over his head off his own bowling, getting rid of Nasir for 28 off 20 balls. Mahmudullah and Gazi added 57 for the seventh wicket and while the required run-rate remained within reach, the New Zealand fielders did a fine job. McCullum and Luke Ronchi teamed up to run out Gazi who was looking dangerous in his 15-ball 24. When Mahmudullah fell in the penultimate over, the chase was all but over.

The loss, however, will not take the gloss off Bangladesh's remarkable month when they drew a Test series and beat the visitors 3-0 in the one-dayers in a prolonged display of dominance hardly seen in these shores.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • GasPipe on November 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    As a Kiwi, I would like to say how humbled I am and how much I appreciate the hospitality and support of the Bangladeshi fans. You guys are passionate supporters who love to see your team win and do well, but when the opposition plays well you acknowledge it and you never seem to get bitter, and I have seen very few negative, nasty comments or insults about the our team. Thank you for your hospitality, and all the best for your future matches. You have an improving team that really showed us up in the ODI series, and they deserve all of their success.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 11, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @r0ketman. So, BD will be the no:1 (IND) ODI team or at least 4 (SL) and No:3 (IND) or 7(SL) in Tests and no:1 (SL) or no:3(IND) in T20s in the next 5 years? Thats an arrogant statement, dude.

  • r0ketman on November 8, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Amusing how an Aussie Fan, and an Indian is claiming BD win against NZ and WI was luck. So in the last 12 ODIS played by BD against WI and NZ, BD's record is 10-2! 7 wins against NZ in a row, and 3 against WI. That equates to 83% win ratio. If this is luck, any team who has more than 50% win ratio against BD should also be considered lucky wins. Australia's wins against BD is all luck, India's wins against BDs are definitely luck, as they keep losing to BD in key matches! India's WC win in 1982 and 2011 was luck (the odds were against them in 1982), and so was Australia's WC wins.I think we should hold a press conference and ask Mushfique where he is hiding the rabbit's foot!

  • r0ketman on November 8, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @ Ausie_the_Great: Bd can be rated one/two steps ahead of ire/afg? Afg has never won against a top side. Ire record against BD is worse than BD record against NZ, it is down right pathetic. Ire probably has better record against England. How are you coming up with these statements? Where is the data to back these up? I mean if making staments without backing it up is acceptable, how about I say BD will be a far better team than India and SL in the next 5 years. India's record was way more pathetic than BD in the first 12 years of playing cricket! And I would also watch out for Australia, they are no where near the team they used to be a few years ago. So if I was an Aussie fan, I would focus more on my own team than spending hours posting on discussion about and up and coming team!:-)

  • r0ketman on November 8, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    @Aussie_the_great: "It is too early to think that Ban can beat SL even without their seniors." I think you meant it is too late to think Ban Cannot beat SL. Ban has beat SL in Ban the last time this two teams played in an ODI, then they traveled to SL and beat them in SL, with the seniors playing! How are you coming to your conclusion? @INDslider: Highly unlikely scenario? BD has knocked off India twice from high profile tournaments, once in a neutral venue, and once in BDl. If you think this is unlikely, ask BCCI to grow a pair, and invite BD to play in India. And India a high quality side? They are barely winning at home against Eng and Australia, they get CRUSHED when they play aborad, so there is not much difference between IND and Ban. This is ridiculous! When BD lost to WI and NZ in the past, you guys said BD is not good enough to play among the big boys, and now when we have won against them (Twice against NZ), you are downplaying the wins! How hypociritcal!

  • on November 8, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @INDslider . Peace and love to you from a Bangladeshi fan. :)

  • MichaelBurton on November 8, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Considering the behaviour of Ban fans after lucky wins against 2 bootom seeded teams in the top 8 group (NZ and WI), I can't imagine their behaviour in a highly unlikely scenario for about a decade or so if they win a series against top seeded teams like Ind and SA.

  • TheRisingTeam on November 8, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great:- lool! please follow Bangladesh Cricket first before you make pointless remarks. Guptill and Ryder were both part of that 4-0 thrashing in 2010 so that argument about them is clearly invalid. Back then we didn't have both Tamim and Mashrafe and still we thrashed New Zealand. In this recent 3-0 thrashing we were missing the best all-rounder and still we thrashed them. Since 2012 actually we have more than a 60% win record against the so called "top 8" and our best player were missing more than half those games :P

  • Rafelgibt on November 8, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great on (November 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT) I would like to advice you that its a high time for you to think about your Aussie team rather than Bangladesh.Why?Because the performance of Aussie in Tests and Odis are really declining.They are no longer the BEST team of the world by any mean.BAn is improving every single day to be competitive.For your kind info BAN drew the ODI series with full strength SL team in SL and WON the T20 series against IRE 3-0 at IRE.So, plz stop worrying about BAN.LOL>>>

  • INDSlider on November 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @ WorldWideCricket : I am really following cricket and if you see the results of next couple of years, you will definitely need to see a doctor. If you analyze the results of Ban in cricinfo (go to the below link), you will see, once in a while Ban win a series against a team at the bottom of the top 8 and with some minnows. If the same pattern continues, Ban will be loosing next year or so.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/engine/records/team/series_results.html?class=2;id=25;type=team

  • GasPipe on November 6, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    As a Kiwi, I would like to say how humbled I am and how much I appreciate the hospitality and support of the Bangladeshi fans. You guys are passionate supporters who love to see your team win and do well, but when the opposition plays well you acknowledge it and you never seem to get bitter, and I have seen very few negative, nasty comments or insults about the our team. Thank you for your hospitality, and all the best for your future matches. You have an improving team that really showed us up in the ODI series, and they deserve all of their success.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 11, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @r0ketman. So, BD will be the no:1 (IND) ODI team or at least 4 (SL) and No:3 (IND) or 7(SL) in Tests and no:1 (SL) or no:3(IND) in T20s in the next 5 years? Thats an arrogant statement, dude.

  • r0ketman on November 8, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    Amusing how an Aussie Fan, and an Indian is claiming BD win against NZ and WI was luck. So in the last 12 ODIS played by BD against WI and NZ, BD's record is 10-2! 7 wins against NZ in a row, and 3 against WI. That equates to 83% win ratio. If this is luck, any team who has more than 50% win ratio against BD should also be considered lucky wins. Australia's wins against BD is all luck, India's wins against BDs are definitely luck, as they keep losing to BD in key matches! India's WC win in 1982 and 2011 was luck (the odds were against them in 1982), and so was Australia's WC wins.I think we should hold a press conference and ask Mushfique where he is hiding the rabbit's foot!

  • r0ketman on November 8, 2013, 15:50 GMT

    @ Ausie_the_Great: Bd can be rated one/two steps ahead of ire/afg? Afg has never won against a top side. Ire record against BD is worse than BD record against NZ, it is down right pathetic. Ire probably has better record against England. How are you coming up with these statements? Where is the data to back these up? I mean if making staments without backing it up is acceptable, how about I say BD will be a far better team than India and SL in the next 5 years. India's record was way more pathetic than BD in the first 12 years of playing cricket! And I would also watch out for Australia, they are no where near the team they used to be a few years ago. So if I was an Aussie fan, I would focus more on my own team than spending hours posting on discussion about and up and coming team!:-)

  • r0ketman on November 8, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    @Aussie_the_great: "It is too early to think that Ban can beat SL even without their seniors." I think you meant it is too late to think Ban Cannot beat SL. Ban has beat SL in Ban the last time this two teams played in an ODI, then they traveled to SL and beat them in SL, with the seniors playing! How are you coming to your conclusion? @INDslider: Highly unlikely scenario? BD has knocked off India twice from high profile tournaments, once in a neutral venue, and once in BDl. If you think this is unlikely, ask BCCI to grow a pair, and invite BD to play in India. And India a high quality side? They are barely winning at home against Eng and Australia, they get CRUSHED when they play aborad, so there is not much difference between IND and Ban. This is ridiculous! When BD lost to WI and NZ in the past, you guys said BD is not good enough to play among the big boys, and now when we have won against them (Twice against NZ), you are downplaying the wins! How hypociritcal!

  • on November 8, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @INDslider . Peace and love to you from a Bangladeshi fan. :)

  • MichaelBurton on November 8, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    Considering the behaviour of Ban fans after lucky wins against 2 bootom seeded teams in the top 8 group (NZ and WI), I can't imagine their behaviour in a highly unlikely scenario for about a decade or so if they win a series against top seeded teams like Ind and SA.

  • TheRisingTeam on November 8, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great:- lool! please follow Bangladesh Cricket first before you make pointless remarks. Guptill and Ryder were both part of that 4-0 thrashing in 2010 so that argument about them is clearly invalid. Back then we didn't have both Tamim and Mashrafe and still we thrashed New Zealand. In this recent 3-0 thrashing we were missing the best all-rounder and still we thrashed them. Since 2012 actually we have more than a 60% win record against the so called "top 8" and our best player were missing more than half those games :P

  • Rafelgibt on November 8, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great on (November 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT) I would like to advice you that its a high time for you to think about your Aussie team rather than Bangladesh.Why?Because the performance of Aussie in Tests and Odis are really declining.They are no longer the BEST team of the world by any mean.BAn is improving every single day to be competitive.For your kind info BAN drew the ODI series with full strength SL team in SL and WON the T20 series against IRE 3-0 at IRE.So, plz stop worrying about BAN.LOL>>>

  • INDSlider on November 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    @ WorldWideCricket : I am really following cricket and if you see the results of next couple of years, you will definitely need to see a doctor. If you analyze the results of Ban in cricinfo (go to the below link), you will see, once in a while Ban win a series against a team at the bottom of the top 8 and with some minnows. If the same pattern continues, Ban will be loosing next year or so.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/engine/records/team/series_results.html?class=2;id=25;type=team

  • INDSlider on November 8, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee: It is too early to think that Ban can beat SL even without their seniors. SL have a lot of young talent that they could easily outperform in all the departments (batting, spin bowling, fast bowling, fielding, wicket keeping). Ban has to go few more steps to face the top 8 teams competitively and steadily. Once in a while victories are far from justifying the inclusion of Ban in the top 8. Anyway Ban can be rated one/two steps ahead of Ire and Afg.

  • WorldWideCricket on November 8, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great: Do you really follow cricket and know how it is played at all? NZ had to lose 3 ODIs to BD to get right combo for T20? Are ok brother? Go and see a doctor ASAP. Even NZ fans did not come with this excuse, but as an ausie, you are covering them. Nice gesture though as a neighbor.

  • INDSlider on November 8, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    Even though NZ lost the ODI series, this victory shows that they are still ahead of Ban. Ban were lucky to beat NZ coz NZ couldn't find the right combination for the ODIs and they almost got it finally in the T20. Inclusion of Guptil and Ryder will make NZ too difficult for not only Ban but also for teams like Pak, SL and WI to handle.

  • Ammo666 on November 7, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Hellou critics... BD will only keep improving like this day by day & will keep beating all other test teams in the world & you ppl will just keep watching them lose! lose! lose!... every team around the world has struggled&so they are here now & became world class&some still struggling & trying harder & harder..but yes they are getting positive results & will get why not...they know how they managed. &to say some of our neighborhood countries are never happy with BD success! but just wait!! but to tell you its just a game & its cricket so love it & have sportsmanship or else as you can see what goes around comes around...& as its a game so one will win & one will lose its as simple as that no great teams won 50 international match in a row with any team & no team ever holds the record of no.1 or below there is always ups & downs that is the actual fact this keep going like this as ever! I wish NZ good luck for SL tour & i believe they will play better than the series they had with BD.

  • on November 7, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    @Albert_cambell trolling, English isn't my first language but have you considered ever taking grammar lessons ? It's almost obvious it's not your name, and your native language is something else. Other than that, which Test, ODI or T20 world class team have you played for ? You make it sound that you can bowl out any country's national team in twelve balls and out score any given batsmen. It's common sense, that if any team were to develop they have to be exposed to international cricket. In the last few ODI series BD went to the finals of Asia Cup (beating India & SL) and almost beat Pakistan (lost by 3 runs), beat WI in an ODI series and recently beat NZ. I mean 3 ODI series win out of 5 - doesn't that signify something ? BD's track record is only going to improve over time and in the next 5 years will be as competitive as any other top teams.

    Other than that, well done NZ - you have played well in an exciting game. Good luck in your SL series!

  • on November 7, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    nz dont want to think about their lost to ban....and nz must play with zim to sure their talent beacause ban lost to zimbabwe..(and i am sure nz strugle against srilanka and ban will lost to srilanka in next year)...lets see

  • on November 7, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Congratulation to NZ team. I really wanted BD to win. but I dont mind, as I love NZ too. I hope there will be more and more series between the two sides. wish you all the best in SL tour. I am proud of BD team. they showed the courage and that is what they need to win against a bigger team.

  • British_North_America on November 7, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Albert_cambell Teams like AGF, IRE are already playing qualifying round for the first round.Why not a 4 group tournament with 4 teams in each group?

  • Warm_Coffee on November 7, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Bangladesh may be having a full limited overs series against Zimbabwe in Bangladesh next month but their next series against a major opposition will be against the declining team Sri Lanka starting in late January. I can absolutely assure you that Bangladesh will again do exceptionally well at least another drawn test series and win another one-day series. Dilshan is retired in tests and their seniors are getting that another year older. Young talent is nowhere near as quality as ours and their bowling attack is 5 times weaker in the pace department that New Zealand's. I can see Mominul Haque scoring a double hundred against such a team soon.

  • Rafelgibt on November 7, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Congrats to NZ and also to BAN for the whole series as both the teams played with their hearts.I must say that BAN played exceptionally well in the whole series that they never gave up what the situation is.Thats the most amazing as well as satisfying findings of the whole series.From my point of view we shouldn't be too worried about the T20s as its just a FUN game and nothing to be get serious about it as we really need to consider most of our focus to TESTs and ODIs.Wishing all the best to our TIGERS and NZ for the SL series.

  • on November 7, 2013, 4:24 GMT

    Congrats to NZ team for a great win. Thanks for tour on BD. Keep touch. Ur cricketers/ visitors / fans r really awesome, great behavior. Wish u best of luck. Beside these Bd needs to improve in Bolling side. Bd aslo need more match/ series. Attention ICC we the cricket fan of Bangladesh, we need more Test/ODI/T20 matches.

  • Albert_cambell on November 7, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    ICC made the right decision on sending those weak teams like BD, Ireland and Zimbabwe to the qualifying round. I know BD fans don't like their team playing the qualifying round, But my question is, if BD gets direct qualification then whom should we ask to play in the qualifying round? Shall we ask last years world cup finalists SL and WI to play in the qualifying round? Also it will be treat to watch when these equally matched teams like BD, ZIm and Ire taking on each other. I can assure u BD vs Ireland will be much more interesting than IND vs PAK or AUS Vs ENG

  • kiwicricketnut on November 7, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Nz batters should have played with that sort of intent in the odi's, we have taken a new steady as she goes approach in one day cricket and then look to accellerate through the power plays and its a terrible stratergy, players should be going hard at the start and only look to consolidate after the loss of wickets, we won because we were aggressive from start to finish, the only way to play limited over cricket in my opinion.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on November 7, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    alamin and robiul seems to be the only option for t20 pacer for Bd .

  • WorldWideCricket on November 7, 2013, 0:34 GMT

    Congratulations New Zealand for the win, and thank you for touring us. It was a wonderful series and I am sure it has helped both teams. I would also like to thank NZ fans, you guys are awesome, and you are very gentle and polite to your opponents, and you guys take cricket as cricket, nothing more. On be half of BD fans, I would also like to apologize to all NZ fans for any negative comments about your team from some BD fans. We BD fans do not hesitate to give respect where it is due. @GasPipe: Thank you very much for your wonderful comments. God bless you, your family and your nation. All the best to both team for their next journey!

  • Dhutugemunu on November 6, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    When BD wins 100s of comments. 1st ODI - 237, 2nd ODI - 195, 3rd ODI - 268. But when BD looses only 47 comments.

  • r0ketman on November 6, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    @Black rider: Thanks for the kind remarks. @ Wasim Bhatti: Speaking of winning anything substantial, what have Pakistan done recently? The last time they won the ODI WC was in 1993! Last time they won a test match in Australia was...oh wait a minute! They have never won a test match in Australia after so many years of trying! Let's see what BD does after 40 years of playing cricket. (Pakistan's WC win came 38 years after being granted test status, 1955 to 1993). To win anything substantial, you have to be playing for some time, no? We will take our victories over WI, and NZ and be happy about it. We will also take satisfaction knowing BD did give Pakistan a run for their money last time the two teams played. We are making progress, and we are happy about it!

  • SyedAreYouDumb on November 6, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    I reckon Mccullum would have got a century on this flat pitch. What is up with the curators we have? Preparing flat tracks all the time, what is this? Why is there no spin for our spinners who are getting their bowling figures bad... please we need new curators for our strengths.

  • KiwiCricktstar on November 6, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Nzs batting is strong but our bowling is letting us down.. timmy is our only weapon

  • on November 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    Big congrats to the NZ team, awesome display of batting by them. Actually, I feel alright that BD has lost, since there's yet a lot to learn to win in this format. I felt that BD bowling was below par; in T20 getting the length right is crucial. We need to train our pacers to bowl atl east 2-3 yorkers in an over. Secondly our openers were batting like headless chicken, I honestly don't know how Ziaur Rahman ended up in the national team; one simply don't hit every ball. In a pressurized game one needs to learn how to think, take 4-5 singles and then hit a boundary in an over. Mushfiq and Nasir batted beautifully, I just hope Mushfiq transfers some of his wisdom to his less wise colleagues.

  • on November 6, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Congratz to Kiwis for the first win,it was great to have the NZ team in Bangladesh.NZ played well today and earned the win but tigers without their two key players(shakib and Tamim) tried well.The game was quite close.To NZ fans keep in touch give us support.We will meet soon :)

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on November 6, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    Win or Loss no matter in t20 . Onedayer, TEST are the real forms of cricket . So I want see good result these . almost every country play 2 tests and 5 ODI but BD play 2 test n 3 ODI . WHY ? From next series they BD should play maximum if they want to go forward irrespective of opposition or condition bcz BD has the capability to fight or win against any country . today`s approach inspire me

  • on November 6, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    wow... I agree gas pipe, the Bangladesh fans have been very welcoming, reading through the comments and seeing Bangladesh fans congratulate NZ was humbling, I don't think that I have seen opposition fans that are this friendly before so thanks guys, and good luck for your next tour against whoever they maybe, looking forward to next years t/20 world cup in Bangladesh

  • SyedAreYouDumb on November 6, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Cheers NZ for a wonderful tour may have not gone as well as you would have liked but from a Bangladeshi perspective as well as world cricket in general it is pleasing to see progress. Also well done for winning this T20, which i hope can improve the Bangladeshi players as they guilty of becoming complacent. Also this Corey Anderson kid and Munro have been excellent absolutely brilliant! Bring on SRI LANKA in January!!

  • on November 6, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    BD T20 team needs a complete makeover. BD selectors must be held accountable for picking same players from Test/ODI as many players are best suited for Test/ODI but may not be good fit for T20. BD doesn't have a balanced bowling attack in T20. Without 3 pacers, it will be immpossible for BD to win a ODI/T20 game on the road especially games are played on a seam friendly pitch. BD selectors should not be afraid to add a new face who has not been in a primetime. Al-Amin who played his first T20 game, arguably was the best BD bowler today.Selecting same players from Test/ODI will not do any good as results will not change.

    NZ is a pretty good T20 team. They have proved it once again. Congrats NZ!

  • stuartrmarshall on November 6, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh (from a New Zealand supporter) for doing so well in this tour. It won't be until Dec 2016 that NZ hosts Bangladesh in a proper tour. Hopefully by then NZ and Bangladesh will both have risen up the rankings and will be safely settled in the top five. All the best to Bangladesh for their future series until then. They certainly look to be a dangerous ODI side, and it's good to see the test team is increasingly competitive too. Bangladesh and NZ need more 3-test series if we are both to improve and to provide some serious competition on s regular basis to the big nations. I have to admit to being disappointed by NZ's ODI performances, and was expecting NZ to put up much more of a fight, but glad to see the passionate BD supporters finally had something to cheer about, just as I did when NZ beat SA and Eng away.

  • on November 6, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    congrats to NZ for the 1st win in BD. and BRAVO Tigers for hard fighting. i wish result wud hav been diffrnt if Riad n Gazi were there till the end. anyways it a game, no team can win everyday. but i think BCB sud try to manage more T20s for us as the T20 WC is coming soon. dont think we can we r gonna win the upcoming T20 world cup on 2014. but i wish if we cud give the other teams war. May Allah Bless us all.

  • on November 6, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Good luck tigers keep it up...

  • gentleme on November 6, 2013, 17:50 GMT

    I think people should stop giving Bangladesh sympathy and try to give them their earned respect. There are nothing to be very proud of for the Kiwis because they just won a T 20 match in which holds the less significance in the world of cricket and is more of just pure entertainment rather than skill test in the whole tournament.So if you try to look in the whole tournament and you will see the most run came from Bangladesh and the most wicket haul is for Bangladesh including two hattricks. The way that Kiwis have played and their form in that format they should have won by a larger scale. So my best wishes and congratulations go to Bangla Boys.

  • on November 6, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    We played well specially batting but bowling is not good enough ordinary bowling .I have seen most of T20 matches BD lost very closely 10 or 15 run difference but our caption Musi and BCB should be emphasis blowing sector if we have good pace blower and attacking may be this makes difference today but we still vain to seeking attacking pace blower but Overall Our Batting performance it was just awesome specially Musi ...Shuovo bad luck but you are really Smashing batsman.Hope so we will keep retain our performance and prove it again :) ..Best of luck Tiger :)

  • on November 6, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    Congrats New Zealand :) (from Bangladesh)

  • on November 6, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    Well played bd,u guys made us proud....cngrts to NZ...

  • on November 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Well done NZ, congratulations! (Bangladeshi Supporter)

  • i_amVIVA on November 6, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    Well done NZ. And BD definitely need more T20 games. BCB can help arranging them aggressively in the shortest time; if none, they should arrange games with associate nations, which might be easier to do than the mighty ones, who constantly ignore BD that is counterproductive to the growth of their game of Cricket.

  • on November 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Well done newzealand for their victory in t20 and Bangladesh as well for good cricket.As a Bangladeshi supporter it was fantastic serie for us.

  • on November 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Kongrats NZ ... and thanks for coming to Bangladesh to play with us. They gave us opportunity to prove ourselves one more time when most other nations were considering us just a 9th ranked team. The T20 showed us once again how important it is to improve our game plans for this type of cricket. And true that we should applause to any great efforts and achievements in the ground regardless which side we are supporting. We should appreciate good cricket.

  • on November 6, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    @black rider of course they try hard but thats all they do....... they hardly win anything substantial...

  • Fogu on November 6, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Exciting game. Congratulations to NZ. They put up a great total. BD was under pressure the whole game even though they kept up with the required rate, it was a tough ask. Our bowlers need to learn how to bowl against aggresive batsmen. Mahmudullah and Al-Amin performed very well but others faltered. However, I am proud of the score we put up. We do have a decent batting line up. I disagree with most of my fellow BD fans about Mominul in T20. He is a natural stroke maker and technically sound. His approach was a little hurried today causing him to fail. He can keep up with the run rate wthout taking too much risk. Zia is more of a hit or miss player. Not consistent. Good luck to NZ in SL. We enjoyed having you here.

  • i_amVIVA on November 6, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Congratulations to NZ for their first win in this tour. But BD came out swinging, almost got there had it not been the loss of early wickets, that was the main reason for their coming few runs short. Nevertheless, it was a good game. and now NZ can go to SL with some momentum at the least. and BD can build up on this almost successful chase of 205, which itself was a monumental job for even a mighty team. before that, they definitely need to improve in their bowling department... Go Tigers.

  • Black_Rider on November 6, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    @ Sifatullah Bhuiyan Mohammad :: There is nothing wrong with me buddy. I am not a KIWI by the way. I happened to like you guys since you beat Australia in Australia. Just try to appreciate the effort of the opposition players when they are playing well. Appreciate the 100, 50 or 5 wicket haul of the opposition players. By doing so you will get respect from whole world. I still like Bangladesh Team. Because they try hard.

  • on November 6, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    A good series for Bangladesh. It was good to see that we fought till the end. Thank You Sheikh Hasina for coming to the field and presenting the trophy to the Tigers! Well played Kiwis! Good luck for the Srilanka series. :)

  • on November 6, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    Unfortunately bangladesh not getting the way to win T20 match but playing really well last few matches losing in close position.. just need to carry on this top class performence and will get the result like oneday match... on the other hand it was criying needed win for NZ team at list a match in bangladesh tour... Anyways..tks. to the both team for showing us some awesome cricket...

  • ZSBD on November 6, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @Black_Rider ... I was there in the ground ... I am afraid you need to go for a ear checkup with an ENT specialist ASAP before it gets too late. The NZ captain Kyle Mills also said in his speech"we've been privileged to play in front of these crowds." You can check Cricinfo's commentary for your confirmation!!! BTB, Congratulations to both the teams for a wonderful match .. anyone could have won it.

  • fr600 on November 6, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Well player both teams, now NZ can go to SL with some confidence.

  • on November 6, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    ยจ@Black_Rider: Congrats to NZ, but why do you want clap for getting a 50!! is it really a big achievement? I didnot hear that much clap on getting 50 by mushfiq either! I do not find it reasonable by Qiwi fans complaining against roar/cheer by audience in the gallery. Do you expect to cheer when the opposition team score or takes wicket?! What is wrong with you!!

  • asikbadhon on November 6, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    You are right @abcd1234!:)...Can you believe Rubel Hossain bowling the last over!!!what could happen!He will give away atleast 20 runs!Al Amin looks good!If we did not lost early wicket,then the result could be changed!Well done NZ!They needed this win before going to Srl, best of luck to them.I think mominul is not fit for t20,he should concentrate on odi and test!Zia is too predictable!He can do well if he worked out his problems!My t20 team:1.Tamim,2.Zia/Anamul,3.Shamsur,4.Sakib,5.Mushfiq,6.Nasir,7.Mahmudullah,8.Gazi,9Mashrafe,10.Shafiul,11.Al Amin...stand by: Razzak,Soumo Sorker,Mominul,Naeem.

  • Black_Rider on November 6, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Come on Bangladeshi fans,, At least clap once when a player reaches fifty. When Munro reached fifty Ground went silent. Pathetic.....

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    congrats to nz team for their fast win in bd tour. thank to to bd team they also play good cricket today. showing world class performance in whole series. Best of luck next series.

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Bangladesh has just slipped but on the right track ...... finally 1st win...

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    Though I am a BD fan, but I actually enjoyed the way we lose! We show that it's not enough run to restrain us, we just need MORE MATCH to play. From now on---- NEVER BACK DOWN.

  • sanofimohin on November 6, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    aving won the toss in Mirpur, New Zealand racked up 204-5, with half centuries from Anton Devcich and Colin Munro leading them to the large total. Bangladesh came out swinging and despite the loss of early wickets, they were ahead of the required run rate for the majority of their chase. Ultimately the failure of one of their fast scorers to bat through saw them drop away near the end.

    In fact Bangladesh lost, but as hospitable country leave the game they won the hearts of million people, in fact they won everything. Whole the tournament New Zealand played very well cricket beside Bangladesh. Well done Bangladesh cricket team, congratulations. Also congratulates and thanks to New Zealand for did a really good cricket. I also thanks to the peoples who are in supporting for the teams, BCB, everyone inertwine with the match and special thanks to Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh for consisting support.

    So that is the end of our coverage of this match of Sahara Cup -2013

  • hasib9 on November 6, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Congratulations to the NZ team. They deserved to win this one. I want to thank the NZ team for coming to our country and hopefully they enjoyed their time here. I'm from Sylhet, and I'm a bit upset that they didn't get to play in Sylhet. Looking forward to the T20 world cup in this beautiful city. I suggest the popular dessert, Rossmalai, when the teams arrive here. Enjoy the mountains and lakes just outside the city limit.

  • British_North_America on November 6, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    I remember in the match against Pakistan in world T20, the debutant Abul Hasan dropped Imran Nazir who went onto score 70 odd runs at a strike rate of 200.Today, another debutant Al-Amin dropped Devchich who powered New Zealand to a big total.For God's sake, please no more debutant pacer till the upcoming world T20 finishes.

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    until we change our players for T20 we will not win against big guns. Strongly build players are needed instead of players like mominul (with due respect his test and one day capacity) in t20 format. BCB should immediately look in to this issue. From available squad I can say Best T20 Sqad at present in BD is Ziaur (all rounder), Shamsur, Tamim, Shoummo (all rounder),. Musfiq (wkt), Sakib (all rounder), Nayeem(all rounder),Nasir/Kapali (all rounder), Mahmudullah (all rounder), Gazi(all rounder) and Mortoza/Rubel. No need of specialist bowler like Razzak and Gazi in T20 format.

  • on November 6, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    Congratulation NZ. Well played. Best of luck for SL series. :)

  • on November 6, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Finally NZ gets their first win here. Although it was close enough. Tigers played well in whole series even in t20 too. So its a very good seal to them and they deserve more matches to play.ICC should know this and should take more initiative to get them more matches.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for their first win with all odds against them. They proved as a top class T20 team even under pressure.

  • on November 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    newzealand were planning to boycott 2014 t20 worldcup in bangladesh. As a host nation it is our duty not to humiliate them. We would love to have them back in Bangladesh again. bravo tigers

  • KBCA on November 6, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Gazi should be fined his entire match fee for interfering with the catcher on the caught and bowled by southee. He also changed his line to try interfere with the ball when he was run-out. Really poor sportsmanship shown by Gazi

  • TheBlackMonk on November 6, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @warm_coffee: I disagree, playing 2/3 tests in a year won't be much of a help for him (Al-Amin) to develop in international level. The kind of intense moment in one-day or T20 will be lot of a lesson for him. Also it will give him the variation he required. Also it is too early to judge where he suits more.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 6, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Anyway young pacer Al-Amin looks really promising. But he should be playing tests not every form otherwise management are wasting and damaging another pacer.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 6, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Who cares about hit and miss t20? BD already drawn and won with ease the important forms. NZ have played more than twice the amount of t20 Cricket compared to Bangladesh anyway so its understandable why they are the better side. I just hope their fans don't gloat about this t20 win when it clearly doesn't prove much.

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    nz want to fly srilanka quickly.. malinga and sl spinners are wating till you come..

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    It looks BD is not serious for T20 matches. It is not only a fun format of cricket. BD selectors, management and coach should take T20 format seriously and give extra importance because BD is going to organize T20 world cup. I can not see soon they can improve in this format, they might struggle for long time. T20 requires different kind of players than one day squad. Need explosive batsman, bowler with different skill, strategy to check runs. Hardly see any change of players from last one day. toss, utilize conditions, change of bowlers are very important in this format. I see very soon T20 will be most attractive and prime event of ICC beside test matches. i not sure how long one day matches can attract supporters world wide. BCB should give extra importance in T20 format otherwise we might be unqualified int this format in coming world cup. BD players look exhausted after winning one day's.

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Kwis r get really flying start. I think they r going to finish d tour with some confidence before leaving for SL

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Nz git a flying start

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Nz git a flying start

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Kwis r get really flying start. I think they r going to finish d tour with some confidence before leaving for SL

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    It looks BD is not serious for T20 matches. It is not only a fun format of cricket. BD selectors, management and coach should take T20 format seriously and give extra importance because BD is going to organize T20 world cup. I can not see soon they can improve in this format, they might struggle for long time. T20 requires different kind of players than one day squad. Need explosive batsman, bowler with different skill, strategy to check runs. Hardly see any change of players from last one day. toss, utilize conditions, change of bowlers are very important in this format. I see very soon T20 will be most attractive and prime event of ICC beside test matches. i not sure how long one day matches can attract supporters world wide. BCB should give extra importance in T20 format otherwise we might be unqualified int this format in coming world cup. BD players look exhausted after winning one day's.

  • on November 6, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    nz want to fly srilanka quickly.. malinga and sl spinners are wating till you come..

  • Warm_Coffee on November 6, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Who cares about hit and miss t20? BD already drawn and won with ease the important forms. NZ have played more than twice the amount of t20 Cricket compared to Bangladesh anyway so its understandable why they are the better side. I just hope their fans don't gloat about this t20 win when it clearly doesn't prove much.

  • Warm_Coffee on November 6, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Anyway young pacer Al-Amin looks really promising. But he should be playing tests not every form otherwise management are wasting and damaging another pacer.

  • TheBlackMonk on November 6, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @warm_coffee: I disagree, playing 2/3 tests in a year won't be much of a help for him (Al-Amin) to develop in international level. The kind of intense moment in one-day or T20 will be lot of a lesson for him. Also it will give him the variation he required. Also it is too early to judge where he suits more.

  • KBCA on November 6, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Gazi should be fined his entire match fee for interfering with the catcher on the caught and bowled by southee. He also changed his line to try interfere with the ball when he was run-out. Really poor sportsmanship shown by Gazi

  • on November 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    newzealand were planning to boycott 2014 t20 worldcup in bangladesh. As a host nation it is our duty not to humiliate them. We would love to have them back in Bangladesh again. bravo tigers

  • Fast_Track_Bully on November 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Congrats to NZ for their first win with all odds against them. They proved as a top class T20 team even under pressure.