Twitter reactions: Spin twins Ajaz Patel, Cole McConchie keep series alive for New Zealand

Twitter reactions: Spin twins Ajaz Patel, Cole McConchie keep series alive for New Zealand

Ajaz Patel registered a four-wicket haul in the game.

New Zealand cricket team
New Zealand cricket team. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

After suffering defeats in the first two T20Is, New Zealand made a sensational comeback in the third game and registered a comprehensive 52-run win. Just like the previous games at this venue, spinners did the most of the talking. However, the result didn’t fall in Bangladesh’s favour on this occasion. As a result, the Kiwis successfully defended 128 and the home team suffered their first defeat of this series.

For the unversed, this was a do-or-die encounter for the Kiwis as they lost the first two matches of the five-match series. Tom Latham won the toss and elected to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. With the track being challenging for batters, the visitors couldn’t score runs freely. However, the likes of Finn Allen, Rachin Ravindra, and Will Young made decent contributions in the top order.

However, the fall of regular wickets always kept the hosts ahead. At one stage, the Kiwis were reduced to 62/5 and many didn’t back them to post a substantial score. However, Henry Nicholls (36) and Tom Blundell (30) joined forces and brought their side back in the hunt. With the wicket assisting spinners, the duo played smartly and didn’t take a lot of chances.

All thanks to their efforts, the Blackcaps posted 128/5 while batting first. Chasing the mediocre-looking total, the Bangla Tigers suffered a shocking collapse. Spin twins Ajaz Patel and Cole McConchie spun their web around and took wickets at regular intervals. In fact, eight of the 11 Bangladesh players couldn’t enter double figures.

Spinners guide New Zealand to victory

Mushfiqur Rahim (20) was the home team’s highest run-scorer as Bangladesh got bundled out for 76, losing the contest by 52 runs. For New Zealand, Ajaz got a four-wicket haul while McConchie dismissed three batsmen. The former even received the Player-of-the-Match award for his sensational spell. It was indeed an exciting game and fans were thoroughly entertained.

Subsequently, Twitter got flooded with different reactions. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is still leading the five-match series 2-1. The fourth game takes place at the same Dhaka Stadium on September 8. While the Mahmudullah-led side would be determined to seal the deal, the Kiwis have a chance to settle the scores.

Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitterati reacted to New Zealand’s win