The 5th T20I between hosts Bangladesh and New Zealand was played on Friday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. The Kiwis were playing for pride after having lost three of the four T20Is played until now.
New Zealand skipper Tom Latham won the toss and decided to bat first. The Kiwis put in an impressive batting performance and scored 161 for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs.
Finn Allen played an attacking inning of 41 from 24 balls that included four boundaries and three sixes. He added 58 runs for the first wicket with Rachin Ravindra.
Thereafter, Tom Latham played a mature inning and scored an impressive half-century. He was unbeaten at the end of the innings and he had two boundaries and two maximums in his knock.
Shoriful Islam was the most successful bowler, picking up two wickets for 48 runs from four overs.
Bowlers lead New Zealand to victory over Bangladesh
Bangladesh kept losing wickets at regular intervals in the run chase. The home team were 46-4 in 8.5 overs having lost the wickets of Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Naim and Mushafiqur Rahim.
Skipper Mahmudullah and Afif Hosain added 63 runs. However, Bangladesh's lower middle order and tailenders could not score at the required rate, and the visitors emerged victorious by 27 runs.
Afifi Hossain remained unbeaten on 49 from 33 balls.
Ajaz Patel and Kuggeleijn picked up two wickets apiece and Duffy, McConchie, Sears, and Ravindra each picked up a wicket for New Zealand.
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The hosts Bangladesh won the five-match series against New Zealand by a margin of 3-2 having won the first, second, and fourth T20I's. The series was supposed to help both teams fine tune their squads for the upcoming T20 World Cup.