March 28, Hamilton: The prolific international summer of Devon Conway continued Sunday (28 March) with an unbeatable 92 that led to a 66-run victory over Bangladesh in the Twenty 20 international cricket.
Hamilton: The Devon Conway 92 unbelievers and Ish Sodhi's four-wicket burst ensured that New Zealand won 66 times in the Twenty20 opening in Hamilton against Bangladesh on Sunday, with an overall victory.
In a 105-run stand sharing with debutant Will Young (53), Conway, whose roll input included 11 four and three six, was impressive, as New Zealand posted 210 after winning a jacket and choosing to battle.
Mohammad Naim started the Bangladesh reply with two limits off the Tim Southee opening. But once tourists got 39th in the fifth, Lockie Ferguson took off Naim for 27, and then Sodhi smote the momentum in eight deliveries with his four wickets.
Bangladesh was 144 for the eight at the end of its 20 over and Sodhi had excellent numbers of four for 28.
With six frontline players including Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, New Zealand went into the game. Tim Southee, a standing captain, said that it was nice that the bat was used to blood.
Southee said that Conway was now four fifties old and a mean 65.42 from twelve twenty20s. "Devon is only carrying on at that pace, making it incredibly convenient," Southee said.
"It's nice to see guys coming in and doing stuff. We would scratch around if you had five or six guys out a few years ago, but a lot of guys knock at the door."
A profoundly disappointed Bangladesh skipper, Mahmadullah, pointed his finger at a mediocre showcase of his side and on Tuesday in Napier, called for a great change before match two.
"It was our batting department that we let ourselves down," he said.
"Ish (Sodhi) is a highly experienced campaigner, he really uses very good conditions, the ball hit the ball a bit, and we can't make repeated mistakes."
After the Sodhi routes, the inputs for the 7-wicket were extended by Afif Hossain (45) and Mohammad Saifuddin (34 not out), but they could not raise the scoring rate enough to put the total number of New Zealand threatened.
Finn Allen's much-awaited debut was the only disappointment for New Zealand.
The spellbound 21-year-old had set the domestic scene in New Zealand's domestic competition at an average of 56 at an amazing 194 strike pace.
However, he was bowling first in the opening from Nasum Ahmed when it took the jump to the international arena.
When Nasum, also on his debut, returned for his 2nd spell and joined his 7th, he picked up Martin Guptill's wicket for 35.
When Conway caught up on the square leg boundary by Shoriful Islam, Nasum was denied the third wicket, but replays showed that Shoriful had hit the rope with his foot.
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