The second T20I was an improvement on the incredibly low scoring series opener and even though runs did not exactly flow, there were still plenty compared to before.
New Zealand will be heartened by their performance even though they ended up losing the match by a very small margin. Chasing 142, the Kiwis ended up needing 20 off the final over. They managed 14 off the first five balls, which meant it needed a sixer off the final ball, with the superb Tom Latham on strike.
Sadly, the dramatic ending was not to be as the Black Caps skipper only managed a run as his team fell five runs short. Latham finished with 65 off 49 deliveries. While the captain played his part, no one, or very few, pulled their weight. Among the batters, Will Young scored 22 off 28 but that’s about it as far as notable contributions go and the Kiwis still need to restart a batting unit that has crashed in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh have now won six of their last seven T20Is against much weakened versions of two of world cricket’s powerhouses. They’ve brought both Australia and New Zealand to their knees under slow, sluggish and spin-friendly home conditions.
Another victory on Sunday would see them seal the series and enable them to experiment in the final two matches.
Another major positive for the Tigers from second T20I was the 59-run opening stand between their new opening pairing of Mohammad Naim and Liton Das, who are probably going to open in the T20 World Cup as well next month.
Granted that their partnership was on the slow side but it’s the best that could have been expected in the conditions at hand.