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This outcome secures Bangladesh’s firm grip on the championship as they enter the conclusive match leading 1-0

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Courtesy: espncricinfo

No conclusive outcome for New Zealand, accumulating 72 for 2 in 11 overs (Seifert 43, Tanzim 1-15) against Bangladesh

Mount Maunganui witnessed a substantial Friday attendance to inaugurate the year-end weekend, yet precipitation dictated the conclusion of the second T20I battle between New Zealand and Bangladesh, permitting only 11 overs of sporting activity.

The contest stood even, with New Zealand at 72 for 2 in 11 overs, as Bangladesh recuperated following Tim Seifert’s initial onslaught.

Seifert tallied 43 in 23 deliveries, adorned with six boundaries and one maximum, but not everything was extraordinary. Craig McMillan, commentating, remarked, “he swung like a rusty gate,” aptly portraying the opener’s tenure with a few fortuitous boundaries from unpolished slogs contributing to New Zealand’s initial impetus.

Despite the less-than-spectacular display, Seifert’s innings held significance. Finn Allen’s departure, driving Shoriful Islam to cover in the second over of the match, and Daryl Mitchell’s gradual start after Bangladesh’s bowling choice added nuance. Meanwhile, at 8 runs, Seifert endured a blow to the side of his helmet at the non-striker’s end, courtesy of Mitchell’s forceful drive. He pressed on after the physio’s approval.

Mitchell grappled in his 24-ball stint, accumulating 18 runs, attempting to overpower Bangladesh’s pace bowlers or leg-spinner Rishad Hossain. Rishad’s three overs at 3.33 runs each constrained Mitchell and No. 4 Glenn Phillips (9* in 14 balls).

On the slippery outfield, Bangladesh’s commendable fielding intensified the pressure. Soumya Sarkar patrolled long-on with diligence, while Najmul Hossain Shanto’s agile catch, sprinting backward from cover, dismissed a rampaging Seifert in the eighth over.

A gentle drizzle soon evolved into a more forceful downpour, compelling the players to vacate the field. Even if a truncated DLS-adjusted pursuit had ensued, Bangladesh would have required 46 runs in five overs, but those aspirations dwindled. The rain persisted and intensified, leading the umpires to abandon the fixture at 9.55 pm local time.

Friday’s precipitation confirms Bangladesh’s impending clinch of the T20I trophy by Sunday. New Zealand’s only opportunity to level the series rests in the third T20I on December 31, with the hosts trailing 0-1.