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New Zealand captain Tom Latham has praised his colleagues for a better batting performance in the second T20I than the previous game, in which they were swept out for their joint-lowest T20I score of 60.
Latham's unbeaten 65 just failed to steal victory from Bangladesh who won the second T20 against New Zealand on Friday by four runs to go 2-0 up in their five match series.
"We probably weren't there as we would have liked, but I thought 130-140 was a competitive score. My role is to try to bat through the innings and other guys to be slightly more explosive...to take it to the last over I was really proud of the guys to change it around." Latham said.
The Kiwis' stand-in skipper, on the other hand, agreed that a better wicket condition could have had a different impact on the game.
"I thought we learnt from the last game and to take it down to the last over with a chance of winning was outstanding. Yeah, I think a better surface makes for a better game and that was the case. Rachin bowled well and did a really good job," the skipper added.
The visitors will face the third match against Bangladesh to save the series on Sunday.