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Bangladesh-New Zealand Series

NZ target to put at least 100 on board in such tough condition


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New Zealand's stand-in coach Glenn Pocknall admitted that the inexperienced side miscalculated the challenging conditions at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, which favored spinners even with the new ball.

New Zealand lost four wickets in their first four overs of the series opener against Bangladesh, and the fall turned out to be so cataclysmic that they were skittle for 60 - their joint-lowest total in T20I cricket.

“We probably didn't quite assess the conditions as well as we thought we did. Losing four wickets for not many runs was always going to be a challenge in any form of cricket, especially this,” said Pocknall.

“We came back really well from that [collapse] with a good little partnership between Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls. I think we will take a lot from that performance in the way that they batted in the middle for our game in a couple of days' time,” he said.

Pocknall feels New Zealand could have pressure Bangladesh if their batters would have managed a competitive total.

"Both teams performed exceedingly well with the ball and two quality outfits in terms of spin bowlers and the fast bowlers were able to execute their slower balls. I think the bowling attacks really even themselves out. So, the challenge in two days' time is to [find out] how we can get to a 100 and then, yeah, defend that. I think we can defend that with an extra few runs,” he added.