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Bangladesh- New Zealand Series

Sodhi shines as NZ beat Bangladesh by 66 runs





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Ish Sodhi has sunk Bangladesh batting order as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 66 runs in the opening match at Seddon Park, Hamilton Sunday of the three-match T20I series.

Bangladesh did not have a good start in response to a big run chase of 211. They lost the wicket of opener Liton Das by 20 runs of the team’s score. Skipper Tim Southee grabbed his wicket as he scored only 4 runs. Although Liton returned at the beginning, Naeem Sheikh was very smooth with the bat.

However, he had trapped in an lbw with the ball of Lockie Ferguson for 27 runs. Sodhi has returned the Soumya Sarkar (5) to a return catch. In the same over, the Kiwi spinner dismissed Mohammad Mithun for 4 runs. Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad sent off by Sodhi as his third victim.

Sheikh Mahedi became Sodhi’s fourth victim as he returned him for naught. Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin scored a 63 runs partnership in the seventh wicket, which only close the defeat gap.

Afif was bowled by Ferguson for 45 runs. Saifuddin was unbeaten for 34 runs. In addition to Sodhi's 4 wickets, Ferguson took 2 wickets and Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett took 1 wicket each for the Kiwis.

Earlier, Kiwi captain Tim Southee decided to bat after winning the toss in Hamilton. However, the beginning was not good for them. They lost another debutant Finn Allen's wicket early on.

Tiger’s debutant spinner Nasum Ahmed returned him to the dressing room in the first over. Finn has bowled out for naught.

Despite losing Finn's wicket in the first over, Martin Guptill, who is playing his 100th T20, has kept the run wheel running. Guptill returned with a catch to Soumya Sarkar off Nasum for 35 runs. Conway made a storm with Young in the third wicket. He picked up a half-century off 36 balls.

Young's made a stormy half-century in the inaugural T20 with just 27 balls. Sheikh Mahedi sent him off for 65 runs.

The Kiwis' run was turned into a mountain by Conway power hinting at another end. He played an unbeaten innings of 92 off 52 balls.

Nasum got 2 wickets, while Mahedi got 1 wicket for Bangladesh