Shaken after losing to India in a cliffhanger, a demoralised Bangladesh produced a spirited performance to restrict in-form New Zealand to 145 runs in the Super 10, Group 2 dead rubber of the ICC World T20 tournament at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on 26 March.
Mustafizur Rahman continued to impress with a sensational spell of 5-22 in four overs. Al-Amin Hossain was also impressive with his spell of 2-27, while captain Mashrafe Mortaza took 1-21 in three overs.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was the top-scorer with his knock of 42 runs off 32 balls including five fours and a six. Colin Munro, who is yet to fire in this tournament, also got 35 runs to his name at a strike rate of over 106.
After reaching 99 runs at the loss of three wickets, the Kiwis lost their next five wickets for a mere 40 runs on a surface that seems to be assisting spin bowlers at the moment. Munro's partnership of 42 runs for the third wicket with Ross Taylor (28) was pivotal for the Black Caps.
The total might seem below-par but given the conditions and pitch behaviour, the Bangla boys will have to negate the deadly spin trio of Nathan McCullum, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi to go home with at least one win.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be eager to defend their total to sign off from the Super 10 stage with a 100 percent win record.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Grant Elliott, Colin Munro, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (c), Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Sabbir Rehman, Abu Hider, Nurul Hasan, Al-Amin Hossain, Nasir Hossain, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammed Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Saqlain Sajib, Shuvagata Hom.