Bangladesh have a first-away T20I win over New Zealand with the help of Litton Das.

On Wednesday, the Bangladesh cricket team claimed a historic five-wicket victory over New Zealand after their fast bowlers dismantled the hosts in the first game of the three-match T20I series in Napier. This was the first T20I triumph for Bangladesh on New Zealand soil. The target of 135 was difficult for Bangladesh at first, but opener Litton Das held his nerve to anchor the chase and helped Bangladesh take a 1-0 lead over New Zealand. Litton was the careful Bangladesh hitter as he witnessed his batting teammates gain starts and lose wickets early.

Defending a mere total of 134, with early wickets from Bangladesh top order Rony Talukdar and Najmul Hossain Shanto, the Black Caps spinners gave home fans some hope of a victory. Litton combined with Soumya Sarkar and Towhid Hridoy to lead Bangladesh to 96-4 after 13 overs. The visitors were struggling at 97-5 after losing three wickets in a row when Afif Hossain was caught for one run in six deliveries.

Earlier, put to bat first, New Zealand made a dismal start, losing three wickets before reaching 134 for nine after 20 overs.


Dec 27, 2023 2:42 PM