Sports Desk: Bangladesh started off the five-match Twenty20 series with victory by defeating New Zealand by 7 wickets in the first match at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Dhaka yesterday. Tigers lead the series 1-0 as they clinched first ever T20I victory over Kiwis.
After winning the toss, New Zealand opted to bat first. The visitors were bowled just for 60 runs in 16.5 overs as Tigers struck continuously. It is the joint-lowest total for New Zealand in T20I cricket. Earlier, the blackcaps were bowled out for 60 runs against Sri Lanka in Chattogram in 2014.
Blackcaps fell in trouble losing 4 wickets for just 9 runs in 4 overs as Tiger bowlers struck early.
Captain Latham and Henry Nicholls hit 18 runs each. No other batsmen of the visitors could reach two digits.
For Bangladesh, Pacer Mostafizur Rahman smashed three wickets just for 13 runs in 2.5 overs.
Spinner Nasum Ahmed, pacer Mohammad Saifuddin and al-rounder Shakib Al Hasan shared two wickets while Mahedi Hasan bagged one.
In chase, Bangladesh reached the target in 15 overs. Tigers scored 62 runs by losing 3 wickets.
Al-rounder Shakib Al Hasan hit 25 runs off 33 balls with two boundaries. Mushfiqur Rahim (not out) smashed 16 runs while skipper Mahmudullah Riyad (not out) scored 14 runs. Opener Mohammad Naim and Liton Das returned to the pavilion just one run each.
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