DHAKA - Tom Latham’s hard-fought 65* went in vain as Bangladesh held their nerve in a last-over thriller to secure a four-run win in the second T20I, going 2-0 up in the five-match series.

Chasing 142, the Blackcaps got off to another shaky start, losing their openers within four overs. The early introduction of Shakib Al Hasan in the attack helped Bangladesh secure the wicket of Rachin Ravindra, who was bowled for 10. Tom Blundell followed suit, stumped off Mahedi Hasan in the next over for 6.  Unlike the first T20I in which the visitors folded for 60, this time skipper Tom Latham along with Will Young stabilised the innings. The duo put a 43-run partnership that pushed New Zealand past 60. It was eventually broken by Shakib as Young edged one to Saifuddin at short third man at the end of the 11th over. Latham, though, led by example. Along with the next man in, Colin de Grandhomme (8), he helped add another 24 runs for the fourth wicket. He brought up a fine half-century but received little support from the other end.

 The Bangladesh bowlers bowled well at death bringing the equation to 20 off the final six balls.

Mustafizur gave no boundaries in the first four balls as New Zealand squeezed seven runs. Drama ensued when Latham struck a four off the next ball, a beamer that was given a no-ball by the umpire. In the end, Mustafizur did well to give only three runs off the next two balls, securing a four-run victory for his team.Earlier, the decision to bat in the second T20I by Bangladesh was validated after a steady start. They managed to post 141 runs for 6 wickets in allotted 20 overs. Mohammad Naim emerged as top-scorer with 39 runs while Mahmudullah smashed unbeaten 37 runs. Ravindra was only successful bowler for New Zealand as he picked up 3 wickets for 22 runs. 

BRIEF SCORES

BANGLADESH 141 for 6 (Naim 39, Mahmudullah 37*, Ravindra 3-22) beat NEW ZEALAND 137 for 5 (Latham 65*, Mahedi 2-12, Shakib 2-29) by four runs.