Bangladesh claimed its maiden T20 win on New Zealand Soil

On 27th December 2023 (Wednesday), Bangladesh claimed its maiden T20 win against New Zealand away from home ground, thereby scripting a historic victory.

Four days back, Bangladesh secured their first ODI victory in New Zealand. However, New Zealand managed to win the 3-match ODI series with 2-1.

The Black Caps fans being disappointed would prefer to stay away from McLean Park, Napier for a few days. Interestingly, it was the same venue where Bangladesh secured their maiden ODI and T20I win against New Zealand.

Typically, fans recognize Bangladesh in shorter formats as one such team with their irregular power-hitting shots or low-scoring T20 cricket games. But the present squad is capable of competing against the toughest teams in the World gearing up for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024.

Once again Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto invited the hosts to bat first, following their previous ODI win at the exact venue.

Mahedi Hasan was granted the “Player of the Match” for his all-round brilliance of 2-14 and unbeaten cameo of (19 runs from 16 balls- including a four and six)

How Bangladesh claimed its maiden T20 win

Najmul Hossain Shanto achieved a comfortable victory in his first assignment as a captain in the shorter format of the game, as Bangladesh claimed its maiden T20 win in New Zealand.

Bangladesh bowlers in the first T20I match restricted New Zealand to a below-par score of 134-9 in 20 overs.

Mainly, the brilliant efforts of the bowlers grabbed three quick wickets in succession. At 1-3 in 1.3 overs, New Zealand batsmen had a disastrous start.

Even James Neesham’s brilliant knock of 48 runs from 29 balls( including 4 fours and 3 sixes) couldn’t revive the collapsing start in the innings.

Shoriful Islam’s heroic bowling performance of 26-3 in 4 overs helped Bangladesh pick the crucial wickets of Glenn Phillips (0 ), Finn Allen ( 1 run), and Mitchell Santner (23 runs).

But, it was Mahedi Hasan who gave Bangladesh a terrific start. The 29-year-old off-spin bowler grabbed essential wickets of Tim Seifert (0) and Daryll Mitchell ( 14 runs). Notably, in the first four balls of the innings, Mahedi dismissed Seifert at an early stage, by not allowing him to score even a run.

Similarly, Mustafizur Rahman took 2 wickets of James Neesham ( 48 runs) and Tim Southee (8 runs), by conceding just 15 runs in 4 overs.

However, Bangladesh chased the target conveniently with a 5-wicket win and 8 balls to spare. Litton Das, the opening batsman, held his nerves when Bangladesh was at 97-5 in 14.3 overs.

By maintaining a 40-run steady partnership with Mahedi Hasan ( 19 runs), Bangladesh successfully achieved the target with a score of 137-5 in 18.4 overs.

Litton Das’s score of 42 runs from 36 balls ( including 2 fours and 1 six), propelled Bangladesh to their maiden T20 win on New Zealand soil.

How did Litton Das survive two close dismissals?

Here’s how Litton Das survived the two close dismissals to continue with the tricky chase:

1st Chance:

At 98-5, the on-field umpire declared LBW to the Bangladesh opener on Tim Southee’s bowling in the 15th over. But, Litton stayed at the crease and appealed for DRS (Decision Review System). Luckily, the ball sailed over the stumps while scrutinized with the ball-tracking technology.

Ultimately, the review saved Litton Das as well as the entire Bangladesh cricket team.

2nd Chance:

Fortunately, Litton Das survived the dismissal with his 2nd chance in the 18th over bowled by Ben Sears.

Ish Sodhi took a catch at the boundary but stepped onto the ropes.  Consequently, Ish Sodhi rather than gifting a crucial wicket to his team granted six runs to Litton Das.

Finally, Bangladesh claimed its maiden T20 win in New Zealand with Litton Das surviving his dismissal in these two chances.

Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mitchell Santner’s opinion after Bangladesh claimed its maiden T20 win in New Zealand

Interstingly, Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto shared his opinion in a post-match interview. After Bangladesh claimed its maiden T20 win in New Zealand, Najmul shares his joyful moments: 

“ I am incredibly excited and satisfied regarding our team’s complete performance. Our bowlers learned rapidly about how to bowl with the new ball in these conditions. Once we restricted them to a total of below 140 runs, we felt very confident.

The victory in Napier will boost our confidence entering into the next two T20Is of the series

Importantly, the forthcoming 2nd and 3rd T20I matches of this series are crucial for us to win the series.

Moreover, our guys are self-assured after securing the first victory here. However, we must avoid over-confidence and prepare for the next two games.”

Also, New Zealand’s stand-in T20I captain Mitchell Santner shared his thoughts about the Bangladesh team’s bowling performance:

“They bowled very well and took over the game from us. Overall, the bowlers of the Bangladesh cricket team deserve credit for their outstanding performance.

We battled hard with the ball to make things fascinating. Unfortunately, the powerplay stole it away from the bat.”

Conclusively, the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui will host the second and third T20I matches of the series on 29th December 2023( Friday) and 31st December 2023 (Sunday).