Bangladesh edge NZ to seal T20I series

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Bangladesh have held off a dogged New Zealand to win the fourth Twenty20 international by six wickets in Dhaka and clinch the five-match series 3-1 with a game to spare.

Nasum Ahmed was named player of the match on Wednesday for his match-winning spell of left-arm spin, taking 4-10 from his four overs as New Zealand were skittled out for 93.

The hosts lost early wickets and struggled for momentum before captain Mahmudullah (43 off 48 balls) took charge and guided his side home with five balls to spare.

Despite their paltry total, left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel (2-9) kept New Zealand in the game, getting rid of the experienced Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim to leave Bangladesh wobbling on 3-32.

Bangladesh were given a reprieve with 20 runs still needed when Mahmudullah found himself outside his crease after being beaten in the flight by Patel, only for Tom Latham to miss the stumping.

Earlier, New Zealand lost their last eight wickets for 42 after opting to bat, getting bundled out for 93 in 19.3 overs.

The only bright spark was Will Young, who struck five fours and a six in a gutsy 46 from 48 balls.

The fifth T20 takes place at the same venue on Friday.

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