Tom Latham’s unbeaten 65 just failed to steal victory from Bangladesh who won the second Twenty20 against New Zealand on Friday by four runs to go 2-0 up in their five match series.
Bangladesh made 141 for six from their 20 overs with Mohammad Naim making 39 and captain Mahmudullah Riyad an unbeaten 37.
New Zealand’s chase only came alive in the final overs and with skipper Latham at the helm they came agonisingly close after needing 20 from the final nervy six balls off Mustafizur Rahman.
Mustafizur gave away seven extras among 15 runs conceded but New Zealand ended on 137 for five.
Bangladesh spinners again dominated on the slow wicket with Shakib Al Hasan and Mahedi Hasan finishing on two for 12 and two for 29 respectively.
Shakib ended a 43 run second wicket stand between Latham and Will Young to get within one wicket of joining Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga as the leading wicket taker in Twenty20 internationals.
The Bangladesh all-rounder now has 106 wickets in the shortest format. Latham, who survived a stumping on 54, put Bangladesh under pressure with his solid batting.
New Zealand, hammered by seven wickets in the opening game, needed six off the last ball for victory but Latham managed only a single.
“It was a great game to take it down to the last over,” said the New Zealand captain. “I thought we learned from the last game and to take it down to the last over with a chance of winning was outstanding.”—APP