New Zealand beat Bangladesh in dead rubber last T20I

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DHAKA: New Zealand bowlers restricted hosts Bangladesh to 134-8 to win the dead rubber last T20I by 27 runs here on Friday. 

Set to chase 162 runs in 20 overs, Bangladesh’s middle-order batting collapsed. Opener Mohammad Naim scored 23 runs but the hosts saw a major collapse thereafter.

Atif Hossian remained not out for 49 off 33 balls with the help of two boundaries and as many sixes. Skipper Mahmudullah contributed 23 off 21 balls including a boundary and a six.

For New Zealand, Ajaz Patel and Scott Kuggeleijn bagged two wickets each while Jacob Duffy, Cole McConchie, Ben Sears, Rachin Ravindra shared a wicket apiece.

Earlier, New Zealand’s skipper Tom Latham hit an unbeaten 50 to steer his team to 161-5.

Opener Finn Allen set up New Zealand’s challenging total with a 24-ball 41 after the visitors elected to bat first.

Left-arm quick Shoriful Islam, who took two wickets, removed Allen and fellow opener Rachin Ravindra (17), before Latham took control of the innings and scored his second half-century of the five-match series which included two boundaries and as many maximums.

Henry Nicholls added 20 important runs at the end of the inning. He struck two boundaries. McConchie scored quick 17 off 10 balls with three boundaries.

Shoriful Islam bagged two wickets while Afif, Nasum Ahmed, and Taskin Ahmed took a scalp each.

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