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

Batsmen help New Zealand seal first win on tour


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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  • Manesh 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.

  • roket 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!

  • roket 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!:-)

  • roket 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!

  • Dummy4 on November 8, 2013, 13:42 GMT

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

  • Manoj 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.

  • Shipu 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

  • KH. RAFIQUE 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>>>

  • Monoz 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.;id=25;type=team

  • Monoz 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.