Napier: New Zealand cruised to a 6-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first T20I of their three-match series at the McLean Park in Napier on Tuesday.
Chasing a modest 142 to win, New Zealand cruised past Bangladesh's target without many qualms. Kane Williamson completed his sixth half-century in T20Is and registered his highest total in the shortest format to provide a strong foundation to his team.
Williamson remained unbeaten on 73 whereas Colin de Grandhomme scored 22-ball 41 with 3 sixes and as many boundaries to finish off the game with a six.
Bangladesh did throw some punches in the clash - Mahmudullah scored 52 and bowlers had the Kiwis struggling for runs -- but did not have enough in them from preventing the hosts in registering their fourth win on the trot of this tour.
The tourists went into the match looking for improvement after losing all three matches in the 50-over format last week.
But, after winning the toss they again found themselves struggling to build a competitive total even when assisted by 18 wides from the New Zealand bowlers.
Mahmudullah kept out a yorker to avoid a hat trick with the first ball he faced and went on to produce his best innings on tour so far, with Mosaddek Hossain adding 20 and Sabbir Rahman 16.
For New Zealand, debutant Lockie Ferguson took wickets with his first two deliveries starting with a full toss to Sabbir which was spooned to Matt Henry at mid-wicket and Soumya Sarkar nicked the next ball to Corey Anderson in the gully.
He also bowled Mahmudullah in his last over to finish with three for 32 while fellow debutant Ben Wheeler took two for 22.
Bangladesh - 141 for 8 (Mahmudullah 52, Ferguson 3-32, Wheeler 2-22)
New Zealand - 143 for 4 (Williamson 73*, de Grandhomme 41*)
Result - New Zealand won by 6 wickets