128/5 (20)
76/10 (19.4)
New Zealand won by 52 runs.
Player of the match: Ajaz Patel
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Tom Latham, the New Zealand skipper: A fantastic performance. Despite losing wickets early on, we were able to create partnerships with the bat, get to a par total, and the bowlers did an outstanding job. Blundell and Nicholls worked together brilliantly. That dying phase, especially with the right-left combo, can be a little tough. It was incredible how our bowlers were able to apply pressure and take wickets. We knew it was going to be tough here, and (the circumstances) come as no surprise to us; there's still a little gas left in the tank, which is a good indication for us.
Ajaz Patel, the Player of the Match: You thrive in these conditions and you accept the responsibility that comes with it, and I thought all of our bowlers bowled wonderfully and did a fantastic job gaining wickets. Rachin bowled wonderfully, and we were able to communicate effectively, and our seamers performed admirably in difficult conditions. I had a chat with Daniel Vettori today, and he offered me some insight into the situation here and how the conditions would play out.
Mahmudullah, the Bangladeshi skipper: Bowlers did an excellent job of restricting them to 128. We got off to a good start with the bat but couldn't capitalise and lost a flurry of wickets; perhaps, we'll bounce back strong in the next game. We are missing out on building partnerships and need to improve on that. The middle-order has been hitting well, and the top order did a terrific job last game and today as well. There are still two games left, and we want to win the next one to wrap up the series.
Prensetations coming right up...
That'll be it! New Zealand win this tie comprehensively by 52 runs. After two consecutive defeats, they have bounced back strongly and won this tie by a huge margin. Bangladesh have been outplayed in all three departments of the game today and there will be very few positives for them from this match. They have also equalled their second-lowest total in T20 cricket of 76 runs. New Zealand spinners stuck to their task today and outspun the hosts and hand them over a taste of their own medicine.

Chasing 129 on this surface was never going to be easy but Bangladesh had a decent start in the powerplay with 25 runs on the board in almost no time. That's when Cole McConachie drew the first blood as Liton Das departed after scoring only 15 runs. The next over saw Shakib Al Hasan and Mahedi Hasan getting out to Ajaz Patel in an uncharacteristic manner and turned the tie around by the end of the powerplay.

The wickets kept falling in quick intervals from there as the Kiwi spinners created havoc on a raging turner wicket. Mushfiqur Rahim started running out of partners very quickly from one end. He then eventually just ended up surviving and finished off with an unbeaten 20 off 37 deliveries. No other batsman barring the openers managed to score in double digits.

The fielding was also incredible from New Zealand. They did not drop any catches nor did they leak runs through misfields or misjudges. Some mind-blowing catches were taken in the course of the second innings which was also another major factor separating the two sides.
19.4 Colin de Grandhomme to Mustafizur Rahman, ALL-OVER!! Slow, length delivery, Mustafizur skies the ball towards long-on where Doug Bracewell takes a good high catch. Bangladesh have been bowled out for 76 as they lose this contest by 52 runs
19.3 Colin de Grandhomme to Mustafizur Rahman, short delivery, Mustafizur looks to pull and gets a thick outside-edge to third-man. Two runs taken
19.2 Colin de Grandhomme to Mustafizur Rahman, length delivery outside-off, Mustafizur looks to cut but he misses it
19.1 Colin de Grandhomme to Mushfiqur Rahim, short and down leg, Rahim pulls it to fine-leg for a single
Colin de Grandhomme, right-arm medium, joins the attack.
Very surprising to see that Bangladesh have survived till the final over of the game. At one stage, we were expecting New Zealand to wrap the game up in 15 odd overs. This hasn't really affected the victory margin.
18.6 Jacob Duffy to Mushfiqur Rahim, full delivery, Rahim flicks it to deep square-leg for a single
18.5 Jacob Duffy to Mushfiqur Rahim, slow and short, Rahim is totally foxed as he misses the cut shot
18.4 Jacob Duffy to Mustafizur Rahman, full delivery, Mustafizur plays it wide of the sweeper for a single
18.3 Jacob Duffy to Mustafizur Rahman, slower delivery on a length, Mustafizur looks to dab it to third-man but he misses the ball
This will be New Zealand's only second victory in Bangladeshi soil across all formats in the last 10 years.
18.2 Jacob Duffy to Mustafizur Rahman, short delivery, Mustafizur backs away and looks to pull but to no avail. Beaten!
18.1 Jacob Duffy to Mustafizur Rahman, full on the stumps, Mustafizur hoicks it to mid-on. No run
71 /9 score
cricket bat icon Mushfiqur Rahim *
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cricket bat icon Mustafizur Rahman
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