New Zealand vs Bangladesh cricket match paused – because nobody knew the score

The second T20 International between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Napier on Tuesday saw play paused for around five minutes not long after Bangladesh had begun their chase.

The New Zealand innings was interrupted twice by rain, with the second interruption ending the innings altogether after 17.5 overs had been bowled.

The Blackcaps had posted a total of 173-5, with Glenn Phillips the top scorer having made 58 not out.

With their innings ending prematurely, the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern formula was used to calculate the total that Bangladesh would have to chase and this was where the confusion occurred.

New Zealand's official Twitter account tweeted that Bangladesh would be chasing 148 off 16 overs once the game resumed and the ICC's website also listed 148 as the target.

Bangladesh's openers duly faced the first nine balls of their chase before the game was paused, with team coach Russell Domingo and manager Sabbir Khan seen talking to match referee Jeff Crowe.

After a conversation between Crowe and fourth umpire Shaun Haig, Bangladesh's target was then revised to 170 and play resumed.

However, this was also incorrect, with 170 actually being the par score and 171 the total Bangladesh needed to win.

It was only after 13 overs that the target was finally updated to the correct figure.

Bangladesh ultimately fell 28 runs short, scoring 142-7 in their 16 over innings with Soumya Sarkar smashing 51 off 27 balls.

Speaking after the game, Bangladesh's captain Mahmudullah said: "I think there was a bit of confusion because we didn't know what the DLS score was, it kept changing on the scoreboard.

"It can happen in the game. First five overs we were on track but we didn't finish well enough. [Mohammad] Naim and Soumya batted really well. We didn't capitalise on the balls we missed.

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  • "There are some chances that we need to capitalise and we might get a win. Taskin [Ahmed] took a brilliant catch that gave us the confidence.

    "In T20 sometimes you get a good a start, sometimes you don't. But both batting and bowling, you must finish well. As a batting unit we can take some positives in this game and come back strong."

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