NZ vs BAN: Convey, Sodhi shines as they help New Zealand win big
Devon Conway's 92* and Ish Sodhi's 4/28 helps New Zealand with 66-run win against Bangladesh in the first match of the T20I in Hamilton
Tim Southee, who is Kane Williamson’s absence took the leading, won the toss, and opted to bat in the first innings. Opting to bat became the right decision for New Zealand as it was proven by spectacular batting performance from the players.
In the first over, NZ seemed a little off with their game as Bangladesh’s Nasal Ahmed removed Finn Allen for a duck. However, Conway came and took it in his hands to make his team win. He took his time to settle and even when Guptill lost on a 27- ball 35, Devon remained unfazed.
Later on, Convey was paired with Will Young and both brought up a fifty partnership and their half-centuries. Unfortunately, the 105-run stand was broken when Mahadi Hasan removed Young for 53.
Devon Convey then began to up his game as he scored 48 in the last three overs. He finished on 92 off 52 balls, smashing eleven fours and three sixes in the innings as the other players put up a 210/3.
🔸 Devon Conway’s 92* off 52
🔸 Ish Sodhi’s 4/28
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Bangladesh however, replied confidently with their opener Mohommad Naim who hit three fours in the first two overs but Southee removed Das in the third over. Naim’s stay in the field also ended in the fifth over as he was dismissed by Lockie Ferguson for 27.
As for Bangladesh, till the time they recovered, Sodhi struck with a double-wicket over, removing Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mithun in the sixth over. Notably, Asif Hossain was the only Bangladesh player to stay for quite a time, but he also fell five runs short of fifty. With much strength, New Zealand bowlers controlled the scoring rate and Bangladesh was left without any help.
Finally, they have left 66 runs short and ended the game at 144/8.