Bangladesh lose T20 series
Sports Correspondent: A marauding 52-ball hundred from Colin Munro – his first T20 internationals – powered New Zealand to a series win with a game to spare. He struck seven sixes and seven fours to lead the hosts to 195, which proved 47 too many for Bangladesh.
The left-hander smashed seven sixes and as many fours in registering 101 from just 52 balls as the Black Caps plundered 195-7 off their 20 overs at Blake Park after visiting skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and sent his rivals in.
In reply, the tourists – yet to win on these shores – couldn't produce a concerted challenge as they were rolled for 148 at the start of the 18th over, handing NZ a 47-run win.
Sabbir’s 48 from 32 was the highest score by a Bangladeshi batter today, and his cameo contained three fours and three massive sixes. Soumya looked good in his 39 from 26, but fell to the short pitch trap set by Trent Boult.
For the hosts, Ish Sodhi took 3-36 in four overs while captain Kane Williamson and Ben Wheeler chipped in with two wickets each.
Sabbir Rahman was Bangladesh’s highest scorer with 48 runs from 32 balls.
All recognised batsmen of Bangladesh batting line-up have gone back to the hut in the crunch situation of Bangladesh’s chase of 196 runs in the second T20.
Rubel Hossain was the highest wicket-taker for his side, with 3-37 in four overs. Mustafizur Rahman was the most economical, and he gave away 30 runs in four overs.
Bangladesh: 148 (18.1/20 overs)
Sabbir 48, Soumya 39, Sodhi 3-36
New Zealand: 195 for 7 (20 overs)
Munro 101, Bruce 59*, Rubel 3-37
Result: New Zealand win by 47 runs