The 47-run defeat against New Zealand in the second T20 International at Mount Maunganui was Bangladesh’s fifth straight loss against the hosts in this ongoing tour of New Zealand. In this game on Friday, chasing a massive 195 to win Bangladesh were well in place with 104 for 3 in the 11th over. But they lost their last seven wickets for just 44 runs and eventually bowled out for 148 in 18.1 overs.
Reacting to this defeat, Bangladesh skipper expressed his disappointment in the post-match press conference.
“We were hopeful after they made 195. We were batting positively after losing three early wickets. We were on course to the target but lost the last seven wickets far too quickly.
“They [New Zealand] made 15 extra runs at this ground where 180 is a par score. We had two set batsmen chasing well. So when they got out, the match got out of our reach. We did create chances with the ball by taking three early wickets but we didn’t attack with the wind and then defend when the batsmen were hitting down wind,” he said.
The fourth wicket pair of Sabbir Rahman (48) and Soumya Sarkar (39) added 68 off 40 balls before both batsmen went back in the hut in space of 10 balls. That was the turning point of the game.
Meanwhile, during the run-chase out of form batsman Soumya Sarkar scored a 26-ball 39 and was looking comfortable against the New Zealand pacers. Mashrafe feels the left-hander missed a great opportunity to score more runs.
He [Sarkar] is back in runs after some time, so he must also be feeling better. But he lost an opportunity to make a big score. It would have helped us because he was playing their pace well,” the skipper said.
The final T20I will be played on January 8 at the same venue.