Over the years, there have been instances where play has been halted due to bizarre reasons and one such instance presented itself to fans during the second T20I match between New Zealand and Bangladesh on Tuesday — lack of a revised target. In the second game of the three-match series, the play was halted as there was some confusion among Bangladesh players regarding the revised target they were chasing. When the second innings resumed, it looked like Bangladesh had to chase 148 in 16 overs after the target was adjusted as per the DLS method.
But after 1.3 overs, the play was stopped and the umpires took custody of the ball as there was confusion regarding the target Bangladesh was chasing. The play was halted for almost five minutes and after some number crunching, it came to the fore that Bangladesh has to chase 170 runs in 16 overs. The play resumed only after the match referee Jeff Crowe and on-field umpires Chris Brown and Chris Gaffaney conveyed the target to Bangladesh players.
New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham was not amused with the situation and he asked how can a team come out to bat not knowing what target they are chasing.
“How is it possible to start a run chase without knowing what you’re chasing? Crazy stuff. #NZvBAN” tweeted Neesham.
Earlier, Glenn Phillips played an unbeaten knock of 58 runs as New Zealand scored 173/5 in 17.5 overs. Rain played spoilsport in the first innings and after the DLS method, Bangladesh was given a target of 170 in 16 overs.
Chasing 170 runs, Bangladesh did not have a good start but Soumya Sarkar took on the New Zealand bowlers. The left-handed batsman single-handedly steered the visitors over the 50-run mark before the completion of powerplay.
While opener Liton Das went cheaply (6), Mohammad Naim played a sluggish T20 knock-in pursuit of 170 runs. However, Soumya continued his onslaught and fired Bangladesh to 85/1 in the nine overs.
Bangladesh needed 85 runs in the last seven overs and Soumya, who smashed his half-century in just 25 balls, was caught at long-on while trying to clear the rope.
Soumya’s wicket triggered a collapse as Bangladesh lost Naim and skipper Mahmudullah in quick succession. In the last four overs, Bangladesh needed 60 runs but the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and fell 28 runs short of the target.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Devon Conway (wk), Will Young, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett, Adam Milne.
Bangladesh: Mohammad Naim, Liton Das (wk), Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah (c), Afif Hossain, Mahedi Hasan, Mohammad Saifuddin, Nasum Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Taskin Ahmed.
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