Munro and bowlers seal the series for the Kiwis
By Krunal Gandhi, MyCricketHighlights Cricket Writer
2nd T20I: New Zealand vs Bangladesh at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, Jan 6 - 2017, Cricket Highlights.
Bangladesh’s poor tour continued as they lost yet another match on the New Zealand soil. The sad part about this story is that they haven’t managed to win a single T20I against the Blackcaps, so far, in their head-to-head encounters and ended up on the losing side on all the 6 occasions.
Coming to this match, it was a ‘Magical’ performance from Colin Munro, who smashed a 54-ball century to annihilate the Bangladesh bowling attack. He came out to bat when the team score was 0/1 and the positive manner in which he approached the innings was just fascinating to watch.
The Bangladeshi bowlers were successful in picking up early wickets and despite Munro’s onslaught, they restricted the Blackcaps to 49/3 at the end of the powerplay.
Although the field restrictions were lifted, it didn’t stop Munro from playing the big shots. He kept dealing in fours and sixes and raced away to his fifty in just 31 balls. Tom Bruce, who was playing only his second match, gave really good support to Munro from the other end. Even though the majority of run-scoring was done by his partner, Bruce played his part by rotating the strike and hitting the odd boundaries.
At the end of 12 overs, New Zealand score read 107/3 and within a space of 6 deliveries, it jumped up to 135. Mahmudullah was taken to the cleaners, as Munro smashed 3 massive sixes and 2 fours to get himself into the 90s. In the next over, he brought up the 100-run partnership and in the over after that, achieved his maiden international hundred. It was a moment to cherish for Munro, who batted brilliantly to reach the landmark.
Bangladesh did manage to hold the kiwis back in the last 4 overs, as they picked up wickets and somewhat slowed down the flow of runs. Rubel Hossain was the pick of the bowler for the visitors, who picked up 3 wickets in the death overs, included that of Munro (101), and also affected a run out. Despite Rubel’s brilliance, the home team finished with a massive total of 195 in their 20 overs.
The chase went haywire for Bangladesh as they lost 3 of their top-four inside the powerplay. Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar, then, joined hands to revive the innings and stitched a valuable partnership of 68 runs for the 4th wicket. The partnership was looking threatening for the Kiwis, as the pair scored the runs at a brisk pace and kept the required run-rate in check.
Williamson brought Trent Boult back into the attack and the speedster delivered for his captain as he got rid of Soumya Sarkar for 39 and brought an end to the partnership. Boult was back in action, this time in the field, as he took an important catch at long-off, that of Sabbir Rahman (48), on the bowling of Ish Sodhi.
The dismissals of both of their set batsmen resulted in Bangladesh’s downfall, as they kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were eventually bowled out for 148.
For New Zealand, Ish Sodhi took a 3-for, while Ben Wheeler and Kane Williamson, both, ended up getting 2 wickets each. No prizes for guessing who the Man of the Match was, as Colin Munro walked away with the prize for his splendid century.
New ZealandSupport your team!
- Kane Williamson (c)
- Luke Ronchi (wk)
- Colin Munro
- Corey Anderson
- Tom Bruce
- Colin de Grandhomme
- James Neesham
- Mitchell Santner
- Ben Wheeler
- Ish Sodhi
- Trent Boult
BangladeshSupport your team!
- Tamim Iqbal
- Imrul Kayes
- Sabbir Rahman
- Shakib Al Hasan
- Soumya Sarkar
- Mosaddek Hossain Saikat
- Nurul Hasan (wk)
- Mashrafe Mortaza (c)
- Mustafizur Rahman
- Rubel Hossain