Ajaz Patel celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Mahedi Hasan (R) during the third T20 match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on Sunday. AFP
Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel ran through Bangladesh's top order with a career-best 4-16 as New Zealand clawed their way back into the five-match Twenty20 international series with a 52 run win in Dhaka on Sunday.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 76, their second-lowest T20 total, with Patel and Cole McConchie (3-15) bundling out the hosts on a slow wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Bangladesh won the first two matches of the series respectively by seven wickets and four runs. Bangladesh were looking to secure their first-ever T20 series triumph over the Blackcaps after winning the first two games.
They got off to a flying start in chase of New Zealand's modest score of 128-5 when Mohammad Naim blasted Jacob Duffy for two fours in the first over. But the innings unravelled from there.
McConchie trapped opener Liton Das leg-before for 15 to get the Blackcaps up and running before Patel dismissed Mahedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan in the same over. There was no looking back from there.
All-rounder Rachin Ravindra bowled Naim before Patel dismissed skipper Mahmudullah Riyad and Afif Hossain off consecutive balls to leave Bangladesh reeling at 43-6.
Mushfiqur Rahim tried to salvage the chase but was left standing alone on 20 after Colin de Grandhomme picked up the final wicket.
"A very good performance. We were able to build partnerships with the bat even though we lost wickets up front, got to a par score and bowlers did a fantastic job," New Zealand skipper Tom Latham said.
Henry Nicholls top-scored for the Blackcaps with 36 off 29 balls, marshalling his team's recovery in an unbroken 66-run sixth-wicket stand with Tom Blundell (30) when New Zealand were teetering at 62-5.
Medium-pacer Mohammad Saifuddin was the home team's best bowler with 2-28. "Bowlers did a great job to restrict them. We started well with the bat but couldn't capitalise and lost wickets in a cluster. Hopefully, we will be back strong next game," Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said.
The fourth match of the series will be held on Wednesday.
A PCB press release said the World's second-ranked Twenty20 batsman Azam was hurt during a practice session in Queenstown. Coach Misbah-ul-Haq said, "He was taken to a local hospital where X-rays confirmed the fracture."
Leg spinner Sodhi came into the match as the leading wicket-taker in the series with 10 at an average of 18 and improved to 13 at 11.8, taking 3-24 as Australia was held 142-8 after choosing to bat on winning the toss.
New Zealand made 173 for five off 17.5 overs after losing the toss and batting, before the weather ended their innings prematurely. As a result, Bangladesh's run chase was set at 170 from 16 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern formula.
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