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06-Jan-2017 04:40:00 GMT
New Zealand v Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Mount Maunganui

Blazing Munro belts Blackcaps to series win

Mount Maunganui: Colin Munro produced a masterclass of controlled batting to post 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 following their 3-0 sweep of the 50-over matches.

With Munro in sublime form, smashing 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.

Munro blasted 101, joining former captain Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill as New Zealand's other Twenty20 centurions, as the hosts scored 195 for seven in their 20 overs at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.

The 29-year-old old also combined with Tom Bruce (59 not out) in a 123-run partnership in 11.1 overs to threaten a total in excess of 200 before Bangladesh's bowlers pulled the run rate back towards the end of the innings.

The visitors were well placed at 104-3 in the 11th over of their reply but once Soumya Sarkar (39) and Sabbir Rahman (48) were dismissed, the momentum was sucked out of their run chase and they were bowled out for 148 in 18.1 overs.

New Zealand, who already had Guptill (hamstring) and Neil Broom (broken finger) out injured, also lost wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi to a groin strain when he pulled up chasing a ball in the eighth over, leaving Bruce to take over behind the stumps.

Munro raced to 50 from 31 balls but flicked the switch in the 13th over when he belted off-spinner Mahmudullah for 28 runs to move from 64 to 92.

He brought up his century when he pushed the ball back past Mashrafe Mortaza for a single on his 52nd delivery, having hit seven boundaries and seven sixes, but was dismissed shortly after when he nicked behind off Rubel Hossain.

Rubel finished with figures of 3-37 and was on a hat-trick at one stage, having bowled Colin De Grandhomme on the final delivery of his third over, the 17th, and Jimmy Neesham on the first ball of his fourth, the 20th.

The final game of the series is at the same venue on Sunday.

Brief scores
New Zealand -
195/7 (Munro 101, Bruce 59*, Rubel 3-37)
Bangladesh - 148 (Sabbir 48, Sarkar 39, Sodhi 3-36)
Result - New Zealand won by 47 runs
MOM - Colin Munro (New Zealand)


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