The second T20I between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui was washed out due to persistent rain after 11 overs of play. Despite a solid start by New Zealand, the match ended with no result, leaving Bangladesh in a favorable position to win the T20I series. This article provides a summary of the match and its impact on the series.
In the second T20I, New Zealand had reached 72 for 2 in 11 overs before rain interrupted the game. Tim Seifert was the key contributor with a quickfire 43 off 23 balls, including six fours and one six. However, his innings was cut short by a tricky catch from Najmul Hossain Shanto. Daryl Mitchell also struggled to find momentum, scoring 18 off 24 balls. Bangladesh’s bowlers, particularly Shoriful Islam and Rishad Hossain, kept the scoring rate under control. The rain eventually intensified, leading to the match being abandoned.
With the second T20I ending in a no result, Bangladesh now holds a 1-0 lead in the series. New Zealand will have to win the third T20I on December 31 to level the series. The rain interruption has dampened New Zealand’s chances of making a comeback and has given Bangladesh a significant advantage in their quest to win the T20I trophy.
Impact on Players
Tim Seifert’s aggressive innings provided New Zealand with early momentum, but he was unable to capitalize on his start due to the rain interruption. Daryl Mitchell struggled to find his rhythm and will be looking to bounce back in the remaining matches. Bangladesh’s bowlers, especially Shoriful Islam and Rishad Hossain, showcased their skills in restricting the New Zealand batsmen.
Weather Conditions and Abandonment
The rain was relentless throughout the match and never eased in Mount Maunganui. Despite the best efforts of the groundsmen, the intensity of the rain increased, leading to the umpires abandoning the fixture at 9.55pm local time. The slippery outfield and the impressive fielding by Bangladesh added to the difficult playing conditions.
Series Outlook and Third T20I
The washout in the second T20I has put Bangladesh in a strong position to win the T20I series. New Zealand will be aiming to level the series in the third T20I on December 31. The hosts will need to regroup and put on an improved performance to salvage the series and avoid a series defeat at home.
1. What was the score at the time of the rain interruption?
New Zealand had reached 72 for 2 in 11 overs before the match was abandoned.
2. Who was the standout performer for New Zealand in the second T20I?
Tim Seifert played an aggressive innings, scoring 43 off 23 balls, before being dismissed by Najmul Hossain Shanto’s catch.
3. How did the rain impact the match?
The rain interrupted the game after 11 overs and eventually increased in intensity, leading to the abandonment of the match.
4. What is the series score after the second T20I?
Bangladesh holds a 1-0 lead in the series after the second T20I ended in a no result.
5. When is the third T20I scheduled to take place?
The third T20I between New Zealand and Bangladesh is scheduled for December 31.