Twitter Reactions: Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi take Bangladesh down in opener

Twitter Reactions: Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi take Bangladesh down in opener

The Tigers' batting was rocked by Sodhi's guile during the daunting run-chase.

Devon Conway
New Zealand’s Devon Conway. (Photo by DAVID ROWLAND/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh were dealt with a body blow after Mushfiqur Rahim was ruled out of the first T20I against New Zealand due to a shoulder injury. At the Seddon Park in Hamilton, the Tigers handed debuts to fast bowler Shoriful Islam and left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed. The game didn’t end on a happy note for the visitors, who lost by 66 runs to fall 0-1 down in the three-match series.

Conway shows his class yet another time

After electing to bat first, the Kiwis didn’t have the best of starts as Nasum cleaned up debutant Finn Allen for a golden duck. Martin Guptill was steady during his 27-ball 35 before he became Nasum’s second victim. Nasum was Bangladesh’s standout bowler as apart from picking two wickets, he conceded runs at 7.50 per over. The post-powerplay phase completely belonged to the Kiwis.

Conway carried on from where he left in the ODIs. The southpaw smashed 92 runs off 52 balls with 11 fours and three sixes. It was his second score in the 90s after the one against Australia earlier this year. He was involved in a 105-run stand with Will Young, who scored a 30-ball 53. Glenn Phillips gave the final kick with a 10-ball 24 as the home team set a target of 211 for the opposition.

Sodhi rips through Bangladesh

In the run-chase, Mohammad Naim started with a flurry of boundaries and he managed 27 off 18 balls with five fours. But he didn’t get any support from Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, and Mohammad Mithun, who all got out in single digits. Ish Sodhi wreaked havoc in the middle as he picked up four wickets in quick succession. From there on, the task became a tall order for Mahmudullah’s men.

Afif Hossain and Mohammad Saifuddin put on 63 runs for the seventh wicket, but the required rate had climbed out of the visitors’ comfort. Lockie Ferguson broke the stand, getting rid of Afif, who managed a 33-ball 45. Ferguson also accounted for Naim’s wicket. Saifuddin stayed unbeaten on 34 off as many balls with five fours and one six. Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett got one wicket each.

Here’s how Twitterati reacted to New Zealand’s win: