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New Zealand Edge Past Bangladesh In Final T20I Via DLS; Series Ends 1-1

image-lqsydpkeMitchell Santner claimed four wickets [X.com]

Brief Scores | Bangladesh: 110 All-Out (19.2 overs) [Najmul Shanto 17 (15), Towhid Hridoy: 16 (18); Mitchell Santner 4/14 (4), Adam Milne 2/23 (3.2)] lost to New Zealand: 95 - 5 (14.4 overs) [Finn Allen 38(31), James Neesham: 28 (20); Shoriful Islam 2/17 (3.4), Mahedi Hasan 2/18 (4)] by 17 runs (DLS).  

In a low-scoring encounter, New Zealand prevailed over Bangladesh in the third and final T20I of the series as rain ensured the hosts won via the DLS method and thus drew level 1-1.

Bangladesh post 110 as Mitchell Santner Claims 4-for

Asked to bat, Bangladesh lost in-form Soumya Sarkar in the first over itself to Tim Southee. After a small 27-run stand, skipper Najmul Shanto, who looked solid in his 15-ball stay, became Adam Milne's first victim.

Soon, wicketkeeper-batter Rony Talukdar, too, fell for run-a-ball 10, handing Ben Sears his first wicket of the match.

Tony Hridoy and Afif Hossain did manage to get starts, but Kiwi skipper Mitchell Santner had plans, nabbing both batters for 16 and 14, respectively.

Santner did not slow down and claimed another two wickets in the form of Shamim Hossain and Mahedi Hasan, breaking Bangladesh's batting line open.

Rishad Hossain did try to occupy the crease but could only add 10 off 13 before Milne wrapped up his knock. Sears and Southee returned for their final spell and clinched one wicket apiece to close Bangladesh's innings on 110.

New Zealand Survive Great Collapse

Chasing 111, the hosts never looked settled as spinner Hasan knocked over hard-hitting Tim Seifert for 1, which triggered an unimaginable collapse. With Finn Allen batting as one end, other New Zealand batters fell like nine-pins as Shoriful Islam and Hasan picked wickets after wickets.

Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, and Mark Chapman added just one run each before heading to the dressing room. Islam picked up the lone warrior, standing Allen's wicket for 38, which pinned the Black Caps down to 49 for 5.

All-rounders James Neesham and Santner found themselves in a pickle with New Zealand needing 62. Both batters played with restraint but did take their chances to score big when the opportunity arose.

Neesham (28*) and Santner (18*) took New Zealand to safety, adding 46 runs, before rains came down pouring with the hosts 17 runs ahead on DLS, with the score at 95 for 5.

However, with relentless rains, the officials decided to call off the match, which meant that New Zealand won the tie and levelled the series 1-1.