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Bangladesh Secures Historic T20I Win in New Zealand

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Bangladesh achieved a historic five-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first match of the three-match Twenty20 series at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday. This win marked Bangladesh’s first-ever Twenty20 success on New Zealand’s soil, coming just four days after their maiden away victory in a one-day international against the Black Caps at the same venue. Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto expressed his elation and pride, emphasizing the team’s exceptional performance.

New Zealand, batting first as per Shanto’s decision, faced early challenges, ultimately concluding their innings at 134 for nine in the allotted 20 overs. Shanto praised Bangladesh’s bowlers for swiftly adapting to the conditions and voiced confidence after limiting the hosts. Despite initial setbacks, Bangladesh stabilized their innings, with Litton Das making a significant contribution and finishing unbeaten on 42. Mitchell Santner, standing in for regular skipper Kane Williamson, acknowledged Bangladesh for their bowling prowess.

The victory was a surprising upset, with Bangladesh, ranked ninth in Twenty20 international cricket, overcoming the third-ranked New Zealand. The bowlers, who had previously dismissed the Black Caps for 98 in the preceding ODI, continued their impressive form. Shoriful Islam particularly stood out with figures of 3-26, and Mahedi Hasan played a crucial role in securing the win for Bangladesh. The second and third Twenty20 Internationals are scheduled to take place at Mount Maunganui on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

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