New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi star in 66-run win in first T20I

New Zealand vs Bangladesh: Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi star in 66-run win in first T20I

Hamilton: An unbeaten 92 from Devon Conway and a four-wicket burst from Ish Sodhi ensured New Zealand romped to victory by 66 runs within the opening Twenty20 in opposition to Bangladesh in Hamilton on Sunday.

Conway, whose rollicking innings included 11 fours and three sixes, shared in a 105-run stand with debutant Will Younger (53), as New Zealand posted a powerful 210 after profitable the toss and electing to bat.

New Zealand's Ish Sodhi (L) is congratulated by wicketkeeper Devon Conway after taking the wicket of Bangladesh’s Soumya Sarkar during the first Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Seddon Park in Hamilton on March 28, 2021. (Photo by DAVID ROWLAND / AFP)

Ish Sodhi took 4 wickets within the first T20I in opposition to Bangladesh. AFP

Mohammad Naim made an enterprising begin to the Bangladesh reply with two boundaries off the opening over from Tim Southee.

However as soon as the vacationers reached 39 within the fifth over the innings fell aside as first Lockie Ferguson eliminated Naim for 27 after which Sodhi suffocated the momentum along with his 4 wickets in eight deliveries.

On the finish of their 20 overs Bangladesh had been 144 for eight and Sodhi had the spectacular figures of 4 for 28.

New Zealand went into the match with out six frontline gamers together with Kane Williamson and Trent Boult and stand-in captain Tim Southee mentioned it was pleasing to see the brand new blood carry out with the bat.

“Devon is simply carrying on what he is performed at this stage, making it look extraordinarily straightforward,” Southee mentioned with Conway now having 4 fifties and a 65.42 common from 12 Twenty20s.

“It is nice to have the ability to see guys are available and carry out. When you had 5 – 6 guys out just a few years in the past we’d be scratching round however there’s quite a lot of guys now knocking on the door.”

‘Let ourselves down’

A upset Bangladesh skipper Mahmadullah pointed the finger at a mediocre batting show from his aspect and referred to as for an enormous enchancment earlier than sport two in Napier on Tuesday.

“We have now let ourselves down in our batting division,” he mentioned.

“Ish (Sodhi) is an skilled campaigner, he makes use of circumstances very well, the ball was gripping somewhat bit right here however we will not make the identical errors many times.”

After the Sodhi rout, Afif Hossain (45) and Mohammad Saifuddin (34 not out) stretched the innings with a 63-run stand for the seventh wicket however they had been unable to elevate the scoring charge sufficient to threaten the New Zealand whole.

The one disappointment for New Zealand was Finn Allen’s a lot anticipated debut.

The thrilling 21-year-old had set the New Zealand home scene alight with a median of 56 at a shocking strike charge of 194 within the home Twenty20 competitors.

However when he made the step as much as the worldwide enviornment he was bowled first ball within the opening over from Nasum Ahmed.

When Nasum, additionally on debut, got here again for his second spell, with the innings into its seventh over, he snapped up the wicket of Martin Guptill for 35.

Nasum was denied a 3rd wicket when Conway was caught by Shoriful Islam on the sq. leg boundary however replays indicated Shoriful’s foot touched the rope, which resulted in a six for Conway to deliver up his half-century.


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