In the second T20I clash between New Zealand and Bangladesh, persistent rain cut short the game after only 11 overs, leaving the match unfinished. This outcome guaranteed that Bangladesh couldn’t suffer a series loss, having secured victory in the first T20I. All focus now shifts to the third and final T20I set for Mount Maunganui on the last day of the year. New Zealand will be striving to level the series, while Bangladesh aims for a historic series win.
3 New Zealand players to watch out for:
New Zealand stood at 72 for 2 in 11 overs, finding themselves in a balanced position following Tim Seifert’s fiery start in second T20I countered by Bangladesh. Seifert’s quick 43 off 23 deliveries, comprising six boundaries and a six, held mixed impressions. Craig McMillan, commenting during the broadcast, characterised his play as “swinging like a rusty gate,” hinting at Seifert’s fortunate but occasionally unconvincing shots that aided New Zealand’s initial push.
In his 24-ball innings of 18 runs in the rain marred 2nd T20I, Daryl Mitchell grappled to find his rhythm, attempting forceful shots against Bangladesh’s pace attack and spinner Rishad Hossain. Rishad’s economical three overs, conceding 3.33 runs each, curbed Mitchell and the incoming batter, Glenn Phillips, from freely scoring. Mitchell, having enjoyed a splendid – past few months, aims to sign off the year with a commanding performance.
In an assertive display, Glenn Phillips hammered nine boundaries and four maximums, amassing 87 runs as New Zealand posted 180 in their first innings, securing an eight-run lead in the 2nd Test against Bangladesh. Known for his aggressive batting, Phillips recently showcased his dominance over the Bangladeshi bowlers during New Zealand’s Test tour in their territory earlier this month. He would like to replicate the same.