As ESPN summed it, the opening T20I was a nightmare for New Zealand in its truest shape and form. The entire world knew that the Kiwis would struggle but few would have thought that they’d succumb to their joint-lowest total of T20I cricket.
Just consider the hilarity of it all. Eleven professional crickets combined to score just 60 runs and could not play out 120 balls – such was the wicket.
It wasn’t a spin-friendly wicket but a batsman-enemy wicket. What’s worse is that the Black Caps will have to endure this nightmare four more times over the next week or so.
One good news for New Zealand is that they are getting back Finn Allen, who has shaken off a bout with Covid and has rejoined the team bubble.
Good thing about Bangladesh was that they owned the wicket prepared for the series, with Shakib Al Hasan admitting that the surface was even more difficult than the one made for the Australia series.
So difficult that it even troubled the hosts themselves, who took 15 overs just to get to the 60-run target.
While their guest will certainly consider chopping and changing, Bangladesh might also at least think about it. However, any changes made will probably not be to their opening pair, whom they’d want to give as much game time together as possible because Tamim Iqbal has taken himself out of contention for World T20.