Bangladesh have bowled out New Zealand for their lowest ever T20I score in the first game at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The Kiwis were bowled out for 60 as the Bangladesh spinners spun a web around the opposition batsmen. In the absence of Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill, the Kiwi batting line-up was exposed to the quality spin of the Tigers.
All the Bangladesh bowlers shared the wickets amongst themselves to bowl out the opposition. Shakib Al Hasan took two, Mustafizur Rahman took three, Nasum Ahmed and Saifuddin took two each as well.
On the contrary, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls scored 18 each as none of the other Kiwi batters even got to double-digit scores.
Twitter Reacts To New Zealand’s Batting Collapse
— Shubh Aggarwal (@shubh_chintak) September 1, 2021
New Zealand bundled out for 60 runs in the first T20 against Bangladesh. #BANvNZ
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 1, 2021
— 𝗟𝗶𝗮𝗺 𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝗱 🤠 (@122mlongsix) September 1, 2021
Bangladesh bowl out NZ for 60, their joint-lowest total in T20Is. In their previous game they bowled out Australia for 62, their lowest T20I total.#BANvNZ
— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) September 1, 2021
Imagine if this ICC World T20 would have been in Bangladesh#BANvNZ
— Abdul Ghaffar (Replay, Dawn News) (@GhaffarDawnNews) September 1, 2021
— 𝓢𝓮𝓱𝓻𝓲𝓼𝓱 🇵🇰 (@itsmeSehrish) September 1, 2021
New Zealand have been skittled for 60 by Bangladesh, their joint-lowest T20I score ever.
— Wisden (@WisdenCricket) September 1, 2021
WTF NEW ZEALAND 60 ALL OUT?????????
— Soham Mukhopadhyay 🇮🇳 (@SohamMukhopad14) September 1, 2021
Bangladesh cricket fans would be wishing Twenty20 World Cup was in Bangladesh!!! But seriously their slow bowlers will be handy even in the UAE… #BANvNZ
— Shahid Hashmi (@hashmi_shahid) September 1, 2021
— h-m-m-a-d (@iamhmmad1) September 1, 2021
— Captain 👮♂ (@Ab_Nahi_) September 1, 2021
The ploy of spin to win has worked well so far for Bangladesh at home. Recently they beat Australia in a T20I series by preparing spin-friendly pitches with the ball turning square. The first game between the two sides was just a trailer of what was to come over the next four matches to be played at the same venue.
Meanwhile, the Kiwi bowlers have struck early and taken three wickets so far in the second innings. Former skipper Shakib was the latest to go.
— FanCode (@FanCode) September 1, 2021
A few fans have questioned the quality of the pitch after the Kiwi batting collapse. They said that the pitch is not ideal for T20 cricket even tagging ICC and asking them to think about it.
The Tigers will have to go through the qualifying stage to get into the final 12 squads in the T20 World Cup 2021. They can face tough competetion from Sri Lanka and Scotland in the process, both of which are good T20I teams.
Sri Lanka recently beat India in a T20I series in their own backyard back in July.