New Zealand Win High-Scoring Twenty20
New Zealand 204-5 (Munro 73no, Devcich 59) beat
Bangladesh 189-9 (Southee 3-38) by 15 runs
Twenty20 International, Sylhet
New Zealand left it until the final game of their tour of Bangladesh to claim their first victory, winning a high-scoring one-off Twenty20 International by 15 runs.
Half-centuries from Colin Munro (73 not out) and Anton Devcich (59) steered the Black Caps to 204 for five and despite being reduced to 19 for three in reply, the home side rallied before eventually falling short on 189 for nine.
Mushfiqur Rahim made 50 and Mahmudullah 34 to keep them in the match before New Zealand prevailed, ending a tour in which they lost all three One-Day Internationals with a victory.
New Zealand's batsmen quickly got themselves off and running with Hamish Rutherford making in as many balls and Devcich, on debut, taking on the Bangladesh bowlers, hitting 10 fours and a six.
A good catch from Nasir Hossain ended Rutherford's innings before Ross Taylor made 28 in 25 balls and Munro then ensured New Zealand would break the 200-run mark for just the fourth time in their history.
He struck three fours and five sixes and faced just 39 balls in all while Corey Anderson needed just six to reach 18 and further punish the Bangladesh bowlers, for whom Al-Amin Hossain picked up two for 36.
In reply, Bangladesh made a dreadful start by losing Shamsur Rahman (4), Ziaur Rahman (6) and Mominul Haque (9) as Tim Southee (3-38) and Mitchell McClenaghan (1-45) made early inroads.
However, Twenty20 cricket allows precious little time to consolidate, so Bangladesh, through Rahim and Naeem Islam to begin with, kept hitting hard.
Islam made 18 in 10 balls, Nasir 28 in 20, Mahmudallah 34 in 25 including three sixes and Sohag Gazi 24 in 15 as they kept themselves in the match.
Rahim hit seven fours and a six before he was well caught by Taylor off Anderson at the end of the 11th over.
Thereafter, Bangladesh were always struggling but gamely stuck to their gameplan and had one of their batsmen managed to join Rahim and make a half-century, they might just have made it.
They lost Abdur Razzak for a duck at the start of the final over and ended with Mashrafe Mortaza unbeaten on seven and Hossain on five.
Anderson returned two for 21 and there was a wicket apiece for Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum.
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