The 1st T20I between New Zealand and Bangladesh took place yesterday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, where the Bangladesh cricket team has bowled New Zealand out for within 60 runs as well. During the game, there was an unplayable delivery that grabbed everyone’s attention and former New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott applauded that.
However, none of the batsmen from the New Zealand team could reach the 20-run mark. And, pacer Mustafizur Rahman was the most successful bowler from the Bangladesh team, who claimed three wickets and conceded only 13 runs. Nasum Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Saifuddin also picked up two wickets each, while Mahedi Hasan picked up one wicket.
Meanwhile, while chasing 61 to win in their first-ever T20I match against New Zealand, the Bangladesh cricket team also lost early wickets as well. Openers Naim Sheikh and Liton Das got out after scoring a solitary run. Veteran Shakib Al Hasan then played a stable knock of 25 runs, while experienced batsmen Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah took the team home.
However, Bangladesh took 15 overs to chase the target of 61 runs and they won the game by 7 wickets as well. Meanwhile, Grant Elliott has shared a video of an unplayable delivery from the match as well. In that video, the delivery came from th New Zealand cricket team’s spinner Rachin Ravindra which took a sharp turn. It was unplayable for even the best batsman in world cricket as well. And, Mahmudullah, who came to bat in the middle just then, faced the delivery and his expression revealed the story.
“Never easy in Bangladesh! Watching the BLACKCAPS batters struggling in foreign conditions. How’s this for a delivery though? #turnandbounce,” Grant Elliott captioned the video while posting on Twitter yesterday.
Grant Elliott shared the video:
— Grant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) September 1, 2021
Mahmudullah, after winning the match, said: “It’s a good feeling having lost a few matches. The first game is always important, but we need to come back and do this again. I think the key was that the bowlers have been hungry and disciplined, not trying too much, applying themselves in the conditions and bowling really well. I would have batted first, we could’ve taken early wickets and put pressure on them, and that’s not in our control, so whatever we do, we need to do it to the best of our abilities.”