Mount Maunganui - Colin Munro produced a masterclass of controlled aggression to smash
101 off 54 balls as New Zealand coasted to a 47-run win in the second
Twenty20 against Bangladesh on Friday.
The comprehensive victory
at Mount Maunganui gave New Zealand an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the
three-match series, and follows their 3-0 sweep of the 50-over matches.
Munro in sublime form, hitting seven sixes and as many fours in his
whirlwind innings, New Zealand posted a daunting 195-7.
Bangladesh in reply were all out for 148 in the 19th over.
Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar made a bold attempt to run down the target after Bangladesh slumped to 36-3 in the fifth over.
pair piled on 68 off 40 deliveries, including 21 off a Colin de
Grandhomme over before a spectacular collapse in which seven wickets
fell for 44 runs.
With Sabbir and Soumya scoring with ease, and
the required run rate after 10 overs at 9.3, New Zealand were forced to
bring back Trent Boult, their main strike bowler, earlier than expected
for his third over.
Boult immediately removed Soumya for 39 and
Sabbir fell to Ish Sodhi for 48 to start a slide that saw Bangladesh all
out with 11 balls remaining.
Bangladesh, needing to win to keep
the series alive, won the toss and opted to bowl first on a ground where
the side batting second has traditionally won.
They made the best
possible start with opener Luke Ronchi dismissed first ball, but the
game was immediately taken away from them when Munro arrived at the
Kane Williamson (12) and Corey Anderson (four) did not
hang around long but Tom Bruce joined Munro to form the backbone of the
innings with a 123-run stand for the fifth wicket in just 67 balls.
Bruce, in only his second international, was unbeaten on 59 at the close of the New Zealand innings.
The third and final match in the series is again at Bay Oval on Sunday, to be followed by Tests in Wellington and Christchurch.