The Fast Bowling Cartel has waited a long, long time for one of its members to captain Australia in a Test match and it went so well you wonder why it took so long!
Bangladesh earned its first victory against New Zealand in the Twenty20 format in its 11th attempt with a seven-wicket win Wednesday to open the five-match series.
New Zealand was dismissed for its joint-lowest score of 60 in 16.5 overs. Bangladesh then recovered from 2-7 to seal the victory with five overs to spare, making 3-62.
Bangladesh has now bowled both New Zealand and Australia to their lowest T20 totals within one month. Bangladesh dismissed Australia for 62 in the fifth and final match in August to win the series 4-1.
Once again Bangladesh’ spinners and fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman played a key role on a slow, low surface, with the latter finishing on 3-13. Fellow pace bowler Saifuddin claimed two wickets while spinners Shakib Al Hasan, Nasum Ahmed and Mahedi Hasan shared the other five.
After Tom Latham opted to bat first the Kiwis were reduced to 4-9 in just the fourth over. Latham and Henry Nicholls then shared 34 runs for the fifth wicket but both perished to big shots against Saifuddin after scoring 18 runs apiece.
They were the only batsmen to reach double figures.
Off-spinner Cole McConchie, one of two Kiwi debutants, and left-arm spinner Azaz Patel gave the side a glimmer of hope by removing openers Mohammad Naim and Liton Das in quick succession.
But experienced Shakib Al Hasan made a valuable 25 off 33 balls before debutant Rachin Ravidra dismissed him for his maiden international wicket.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who returned to the squad after missing the Australia series, and skipper Mahmudullah then drove the side to victory.
The second match is on Friday, also in Dhaka