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Rain plays spoilsport in Tigers' 2nd T20 against Black Caps

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29 Dec 2023 20:22:09 | Update: 29 Dec 2023 20:22:09
Rain plays spoilsport in Tigers' 2nd T20 against Black Caps
New Zealand's Daryl Mitchell (R) and Bangladesh’s Rony Talukdar (L) watch the rain fall during the second Twenty20 cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on December 29, 2023 — AFP Photo

Bangladesh's bid to seal the three-match T20 International series against New Zealand was delayed after persistent rain forced the second game call off today at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

The Tigers lead the series 1-0, courtesy of their five-wicket victory in the first game. With the second match being abandoned, the third game, which will be held at the same venue on Sunday will decide the series.

Bangladesh sent New Zealand in to bat first after winning the all-important toss once again. Pacer Shoriful Islam continued his rich vein of form by removing Finn Allen for just 2 in the second over.

Unlike the first game, when they were slumped to just one for three wickets, Tim Seifert came down heavily on Bangladesh bowlers, to help the hosts recover.

As New Zealand looked to take control of the game, Tanzim Hasan Sakib got the better of Seifert after he blasted 43 off 23 with six fours and one six.

His dismissal stifled New Zealand as the home side reached 72-2 in 11 overs.

The rain then eventually washed out the match with Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Phillips batting on 18 and 9 runs respectively.