Ki­wis sweep past Bangladesh

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COREY An­der­son’s un­beaten 41-ball 94 and Kane Wil­liamson’s 57-ball 60 gave New Zealand a 27-run win over Bangladesh in the third Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional at Bay Oval in Mount Maun­ganui yes­ter­day and a clean sweep.

Put into bat, New Zealand re­cov­ered from 41/3 to post 194/4 on board. After that, Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi picked up two wick­ets each to re­strict Bangladesh to 167/6.

The record for fastest T20I hun­dred by South Africa’s Richard Levi, off 45 balls against New Zealand in 2012, was un­der threat, but An­der­son couldn’t get to the mile­stone. He, how­ever, did hit a New Zealand record of 10 sixes in his in­nings and was the Man of the Match.

The game started with Rubel Hos­sain strik­ing twice in the fifth over and Mosad­dek Hos­sain re­mov­ing Tom Bruce in the first ball after the Pow­er­Play. With New Zealand on the back foot, An­der­son joined Wil­liamson. The pair took time to set­tle down as New Zealand were 55/3 at the half­way stage. They shifted gears quickly though as New Zealand posted 139 in the last 10 overs.

The fourth-wicket part­ner­ship of 124 runs in 12 overs was bro­ken in the 19th over when Hos­sain bowled Wil­liamson for his third wicket of the match. That did not have any ef­fect on An­der­son as New Zealand hit 29 runs in the last 11 balls of the in­nings.

Bangladesh’s cause was not helped by the in­jury to Mashrafe Mor­taza, their cap­tain. He had to leave the field and could not com­plete his fourth over. Soumya Sarkar con­ceded 21 runs in the only over he bowled, and that un­did the good work of Shakib Al Hasan, who re­turned eco­nom­i­cal fig­ures of 4-0-22-0. – African News Agency (ANA)

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