Wil­liamson steers Black Caps to win

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LOCKIE Fer­gu­son, the debu­tant pace­man, took 3/32 and Kane Wil­liamson, pic­tured, the skip­per, then chipped in with an un­beaten 73 to steer New Zealand to a com­fort­able sixwicket win over Bangladesh in the first Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional yes­ter­day.

Mashrafe Mor­taza won the toss and opted to bat first on an ex­cel­lent bat­ting sur­face at McLean Park in Napier, but his side was re­stricted to 141/8 as Fer­gu­son and fel­low debu­tant Ben Wheeler (2/22) shared the spoils.

New Zealand lost their first four wick­ets cheaply to find them­selves in a spot of bother at 62/4 when Wil­liamson was joined by Colin de Grand­homme. The duo put on an un­beaten 81-run stand for the fifth wicket to mus­cle the team home, Wil­liamson re­main­ing un­beaten on a T20I best 73 off 55 de­liv­er­ies and de Grand­homme smash­ing three fours and as many sixes in a 22-ball 41. New Zealand even­tu­ally fin­ished on 143/4 in 18 overs.

Faced with a rea­son­ably com­fort­able run­chase, New Zealand was rocked early by the loss of their big-hit­ting top or­der as Neil Broom, Colin Munro, Corey An­der­son and Tom Bruce all fell cheaply. Broom was out for six when Shakib Al Hasan pulled off a bril­liant catch, sprint­ing around the bound­ary, tak­ing the catch, flick­ing it in the air as the mo­men­tum took him over the rope, and then step­ping back in to com­plete the catch. Munro was dis­missed with­out scor­ing by Mustafizur Rah­man, while An­der­son fell to Shakib and Bruce was run out after a mix-up with his cap­tain.

Mustafizur was the most eco­nom­i­cal of the Bangladesh bowlers with 1/21 off his four overs, but the rest went for plenty as Wil­liamson and De Grand­homme as­so­ci­ated them­selves in the match­win­ning part­ner­ship.

Bangladesh’s tally owed it­self to a half-cen­tury from Mah­mudul­lah, bat­ting at No 6. Out of form in the pre­ced­ing One Day In­ter­na­tional se­ries which New Zealand swept 3-0, Mah­mudul­lah came good with a knock of 52 off 47 de­liv­er­ies with three fours and three sixes. Mosad­dek Hos­sain made 20 while New Zealand’s spate of 18 wides was the third high­est con­trib­u­tor to the to­tal.

Mah­mudul­lah had walked out on a hat-trick after Fer­gu­son took the wick­ets of Sab­bir Rah­man and Soumya Sarkar with his first two de­liv­er­ies.

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