Kiwis sweep past Bangladesh
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)