Williamson steers Black Caps to win
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.