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Munro smacks Bangladesh out of Bay Oval as Blackcaps clinch series 2-0

Colin Munro became the third New Zealander to smash a century in T20I
Colin Munro became the third New Zealander to smash a century in T20I

New Zealand 195-7 (Munro 101) beat
Bangladesh 148 (Sabbir 48) by 47 runs
Second Twenty20 International in Mount Maunganui

Colin Munro scored a blazing maiden Twenty20 international hundred at Bay Oval to help the Blackcaps defeat Bangladesh by 47 runs in the second game to win the three match series 2-0 on Friday.

Mashrafe Mortaza after winning the toss, opted to field first. His decision proved bang on target as the Bangladeshi skipper himself dismissed Luke Ronchi (0) for a golden duck as the wicket-keeper batsman hit one straight to the backward point fielder.

Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson (12) got off to a decent start before Shakib Al Hasan (1-32) dismissed him caught at long on.

All-rounder Corey Anderson (4) had another poor outing addition to his recent horrendous form as Mosaddek Hossain (1-22) sneaked one through his defence as New Zealand found themselves struggling on three for 46 in the sixth over.

Munro (101), who came one down was already batting on 29 of 17 balls when he lost Williamson and Anderson on other end.

Tom Bruce (59) playing just his second international T20 came out to bat on number five for the hosts. The 25-year-old showed level headed temperament with the bat just when his side needed it the most.

Along with Munro, Bruce added 123 runs for the fourth wicket partnership stand in just 11 overs scoring at about same rate per over.

Munro reached his first international T20 career hundred in 52 balls with help of seven fours and seven sixes. He also became third New Zealander to score a century in a international T20 match.

Rubel Hossain (3-37), Bangladesh's lead bowler of the game, dismissed Munro on 101 in the 17th over. Rubel also dismissed Colin de Grandhomme (2) on the final delivery of the very same over.

Jimmy Neesham (5) failed to provide the final boost to his side as he too was dismissed by Rubel in the final over.

Mitchell Santner (4) was run-out by Rubel in his attempt to get Bruce on strike for the final ball of the match.

Bruce, who completed his first international T20 career fifty in 32 balls with help of five fours and a six, stayed unbeaten on 59 as New Zealand put up 195 for loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.

The visitors chasing a target of 196, got off to a poor start as Imrul Kayes (0) was dismissed by Santner (1-14) on the fourth ball of the very first over. Kayes top edged a failed slog sweep attempt to Bruce at deep mid wicket.

Tamim Iqbal (13) the man whom Bangladesh was banking upon to get them as close as possible, was run-out by Williamson and de Grandhomme in the fourth over after a horrible mix-up with Sabbir Rahman.

Ben Wheeler (2-16) got rid of Shakib on the very first ball of the next over as the all-rounder sliced a dolly into the hands of Neesham at cover-point. He was only able to add one run to the visitors' tally.

Soumya Sarkar joined Rahman for the fourth wicket partnership stand when Bangladesh needed 160 runs from 15.5 overs.

The duo together took on the New Zealand bowling attack, first targeting Ish Sodhi and then de Grandhomme hitting frequent big hits to keep the visitors alive in the game.

The 68 runs partnership stand from 39 balls was finally broken by Trent Boult (1-28) after he dismissed Sarkar on 39 in the 11th over.

Rahman was dismissed on 48 from 32 balls by Sodhi after he failed to clear Boult at long off. Sodhi's 13th over changed the tide back in the favor of the hosts as the leggie gave away just two runs and picked up the crucial wicket.

Santner took a stunning diving low catch running to his right at long on to dismiss Mosaddek (1) of Williamson's bowling in the very next over. The wicket completely derailed the visitors' run chase.

Mahmudullah's little 19-run cameo came to an end after he top edged a slow sweep of Sodhi's bowling as de Grandhomme settled underneath the skier at deep mid wicket.

Mortaza was dismissed on the final delivery of the 17th over by Sodhi as Boult took a good running catch at long off. Sodhi ended his quota of overs with a match-turning figures of three for 36.

Nurul Hasan (10) immediately followed Mortaza back to the pavilion as Williamson dismissed him on the very next ball caught by Boult at deep square leg. The Black Caps skipper was more than handy with the ball after finishing strong with two for 16 in his four overs.

Wheeler wrapped-up the proceedings for the hosts by dismissing Rubel (1) on one caught behind by Bruce, who was standing for Ronchi who suffered a hamstring injury.

Munro was awarded the man of the match award for his 101 runs blitz.

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