New Zealand have managed to stay alive in the tournament, thanks to three-fers by Hayley Jensen and Leigh Kasperek. Bangladesh will be very disappointed with the loss. Next up, India take on Sri Lanka at the same venue. Kaushiik Paul will get you the updates of that game here. Make sure to switch tabs. This is S. Sudarshanan signing off! Ciao!
Sophie Devine: "Obviously nowhere near what we wanted to post. Bangladesh bowled really well in helpful conditions. I think our girls were fantastic. We learnt from Bangladesh, bowled straight and let the batters make mistakes. We know what the spinners can do, especially Amelia Kerr and Anna Peterson. Probably batting better than we did today should help against Australia. We're really looking forward to having a day tomorrow."
Salma Khatun: "Started with good bowling and good fielding. Ritu Moni picked four wickets. But I think we should improve our batting in the next match."
Thanks to Hayley Jensen's career-best 3/11, New Zealand managed to upstage Bangladesh, despite not having much to play with. As Anjum Chopra said on air, it appeared as if Bangladesh had won it in their minds after bowling out the Kiwis cheaply. A shambolic batting effort followed and that washed away the hopes of an upset. Only Nigar Sultana provided some sort of resistance and who knows what could have transpired had she not retired hurt. We'll hear from the captains soon...
Hayley Jensen: "We didn’t really bat too well. It was a really good bowling performance by us. We tried to keep it nice and simple and bowl stump to stump. We will go to training and do some top-ups. Will be confident against Australia."
Bangladesh 74 all out, lost by 17 runs.
If New Zealand's collapse was bad, Bangladesh's was worse. Absolutely shambolic with the bat and that's that. Nigar Sultana made 21 which was the best for them today.
Bangladesh 54/7 in 16 overs.
Amelia Kerr bowls out. She finishes with 4-0-10-1. On the first ball of her last over, she bowls a googly. Jahanara Alam fails to pick it and is cleaned up for a first ball duck.
Bangladesh 51/6 in 15 overs, need 41 in 30.
Not sure what the thinking was from Sobhana Mostary. She looks to take on Sophie Devine and chooses the aerial route over mid-on. Mistimes it and Suzie Bates there takes it easily.
Bangladesh 40/5 in 12.1 overs.
Rumana Ahmed is trapped right on front of the stumps as she looks to work it across the line. Hayley Jensen gets another wicket.
Bangladesh 37/4 in 11.2 overs, need 55 in 52.
Another yes-no call, another run out. Rumana Ahmed taps one to the on side and takes a start but aborts. Ritu Moni charges down and is late to turn and get back. Amelia Kerr runs in from mid-wicket and returns a throw to the bowler who whips off the bails. Bangladesh collapsing quickly...
Bangladesh 31/3 in 9.5 overs, need 61 in 61.
Absolutely shocking cricket by Bangladesh. Just doing Bangladesh things. Fargana Hoque taps it to the off side and wants a quick run. But she has been sent back by Ritu Moni. Hoque fails to get back and is run out. She is very angry at her partner and makes it clear. Kiwis are well and truly in it now.
Bangladesh 31/2 in 9.2 overs, need 61 in 64.
Nigar Sultana retires hurt. She went for a sweep off Anna Peterson. But the ball took the top edge and hit her throat. She looked in immense pain.
Bangladesh 19/2 in 5 overs, need 73 more.
Ayasha Rahman's struggling stay in the middle ends. She looks to smash Hayley Jensen over mid-off but horribly miscues it. Sophie Devine backtracks and takes it comfortably.
Bangladesh 17/1 in 3 overs.
Leigh Kasperek tossed one up from round the wicket, Murshida Khatun belted it down the ground for her second boundary. Bot on the final ball, she changed her angle and came over the wicket. Khatun looked to sweep but ended up getting the top edge. Anna Peterson settled under it at short fine leg and took it safely.
Bangladesh 10/0 in 2 overs.
Four wides already, a dropped chance, a four hit. Eventful start and a bad day for New Zealand. Lea Tahuhu got Murshida Khatun to play one away from her body and get a thick outside edge. But Amelia Kerr grassed the chance standing at slip.
In the first over, Khatun hit Leigh Kasperek for a four straight over her head.
What a turnaround Bangladesh have had between the trashing against Australia and today. They have New Zealand on the mat and a good chance of what can be termed as a real 'upset'. Ritu Moni. That's one name which will give nightmares to the New Zealand side. Four wickets for just 18 runs against the run of play in her first T20 World Cup clash... She couldn't have asked for anything better.
What an effort by @BCBtigers ! Terrific bowling and fielding performance ! Ritu mani and khatun did a fantastic job. @WHITE_FERNS got to do everything right in the field to save this match now ! Interesting to see how Bangladesh approach to this low total. #T20WorldCup #Nzvsbcb— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) February 29, 2020
Full points to Salma Khatun for marshalling her troops the way she has done. It would have been easy for her and the side to be deflated given the way they played against Australia. But she has led from the front, picking up three wickets in the process. It will be a runchase for ages if Bangladesh can manage to stun the Kiwis. And that could also mean curtains for New Zealand. Back soon!
Ritu Moni: "I am really excited because it is my first time. I don't express my feelings there. We are looking forward to wrapping this match in our fashion."
New Zealand 91 all out in 18.2 overs.
Salma Khatun uses the DRS to good effect to overturn the LBW call in their favour against Lea Tahuhu. Picks up her third wicket in the process. New Zealand's ordeal ends.
New Zealand 85/8 in 16.5 overs.
Ritu Moni gets her fourth wicket, this time it's Amelia Kerr who goes. She cuts it straight to Fahima Khatun, who has been busy all day at backward point. Best figures of the tournament so far: 4-0-18-4 for Moni.
New Zealand 81/7 in 16.1 overs.
Anna Peterson looks to belt one over deep mid-wicket but ends up miscuing it. Fargana Hoque runs in from the deep, dives forward and holds on to a blinder. This is certainly a different Bangladesh that has turned up today.
New Zealand 75/6 in 14.5 overs
The Kiwi slide continues. Ritu Moni bowls it outside off, Katey Martin slaps it straight to Fahima Khatun at point. Excellent scenes at the Junction Oval in Melbourne, with Bangladesh jumping in joy.
New Zealand 68/5 (13.3)
Unbelievable scenes in Melbourne! Rumana Ahmed gets into the act and how! First, she tosses one up and entices Maddy Green to charge down. But the turn she gets means Green misses the ball and Nigar Sultana does the rest.
Next up, Katey Martin smashes one right back, Ahmed fails to catch it. But the ball goes off her hand and hits the stumps at the other end. Hayley Jensen was well outside the crease. The Asian side is having a great time on the field today.
New Zealand 66/3 in 12.3 overs.
Ritu Moni strikes! Sends back Suzie Bates for 14. She lands one on a length, Bates looks to play the initial line. But the ball curls in just a touch. Bates misses and loses her woodwork. Bangladesh have the Kiwis in a spot.
New Zealand 60/2 in 11 overs.
Amy Satterthwaite: "It’s been brilliant to be a mom but it’s far better to be playing. I think Bangladesh have very clear plans and it’s working. We have to up our run rate in the second half. I think we have been a bit up and down. Against India, our fielding let us down. I think this tournament is showcasing the class of women’s cricket. The game has gone up and the teams have got better. The way India has been playing, it’s hard to look past them. In home conditions, Australia are tough as well. I hope to be back playing next summer."
New Zealand 55/2 in 10 overs.
Suzie Bates managed to hit a couple of boundaries off Jahanara Alam's second over. First, she nailed a high full toss through mid-wicket, before hitting one through the same region on the next ball. 12 runs came off the 10th over.
New Zealand 40/2 in 8.1 overs.
Salma Khatun gets her second wicket, this time it's Rachel Priest who has to walk back for 25. She got down to play the sweep but missed it and wore it on her front pad. She was adjudged out LBW but chose to review it. Opted to review it but the ball was hitting the stumps. However, the Kiwis retained the review because the impact was marginal.
New Zealand 36/1 in 6.5 overs.
Bangladesh have been switched on today and that has brought them Sophie Devine's wicket pretty cheaply. Salma Khatun strikes in her first over. In a bid to break the shackles, Devine went for the cut but hit it straight to Fahima Khatun at point. Just 12 runs for the Kiwi skipper.
New Zealand 23/0 in 5 overs.
Bangladesh had managed to keep New Zealand boundary-less in the first four overs. But Rachel Priest has managed to break the shackles in the fifth over. She first hoicked Panna Ghosh through mid-wicket for a four before pulling one behind square on the leg side. She is on 17 off 20.
New Zealand 11/0 in 3 overs.
Panna Ghosh and Fahima Khatun have begun in a disciplined manner. They have given nothing away to the Kiwi openers, with Ghosh getting the ball to curl in. Just a couple of blips on the field.
New Zealand: Rachel Priest (wk), Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Maddy Green, Katey Martin, Amelia Kerr, Hayley Jensen, Anna Peterson, Leigh Kasperek, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair
Bangladesh: Ayasha Rahman, Murshida Khatun, Ritu Moni, Nigar Sultana (wk), Fargana Hoque, Rumana Ahmed, Sobhana Mostary, Salma Khatun (c), Fahima Khatun, Jahanara Alam, Panna Ghosh
Ebony Rainford-Brent: "Same wicket that India played New Zealand. There is good bounce and carry. This is where the game is gonna be interesting. There is thick grass, which will mean Amelia Kerr will get some grip and purchase. That will mean it will be two-paced. That could help Bangladesh. Anything over 130 should be enough."
Heads was the call, tails it is. New Zealand opt to bat!
Sophie Devine: "We have bowled first in both games, it's time we bat first now. Obviously disappointed to lose but I though the way the team fought back to get to winning positions is great. All focus is on Bangladesh and not looking at Australia. Same squad."
Salma Khatun: "Wicket is good for bowling. I think we need to bowl in good lines and lengths. This is the first time we're playing against New Zealand, the girls are excited. Four changes."
We're happy to have your company for our coverage of the first double-header on this Super Saturday. New Zealand and Bangladesh clash in their first-ever T20I and what better stage that the T20 World Cup!
New Zealand will be looking for some easy points as well as boosting their run rate while Bangladesh will aim to be the party poopers. It's clear that in Group A, it'll all boil down to the trans-Tasman clash to select the second semi-finalists. How well can Bangladesh fight today? We'll find out soon. This is S. Sudarshanan keeping you company for this clash.
Jensen, Kasperek's three help New Zealand keep spirited Bangladesh at bayIn a low-scoring contest, New Zealand held their nerves and overcame Bangladesh by 17 runs at Junction Oval in Melbourne on Saturday (February 29). After being bundled out for their second-lowest total in T20 World Cups – 91, New Zealand bowlers came out all guns blazing to keep Bangladesh down to just 74. Hayley Jensen’s career-best three wickets for just 11 runs proved decisive in the end. New Zealand’s win meant it’s now a direct shoot-out between their trans-Tasman rival, Australia on Monday (March 2). On a good chasing ground, New Zealand elected to bat first but the start was…
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