8 Jan 2017

Black Caps not taking Bangladesh 'lightly'

2:44 pm on 8 January 2017

The Black Caps batsman Colin Munro says there is no room for complacency in today's third and final Twenty20 cricket international against Bangladesh.

Colin Munro on the way to 100 in the second T20i.

Colin Munro on the way to 100 in the second T20i. Photo: Photosport

The two teams meet at three o'clock in Mount Maunganui, where New Zealand took an unasailable 2-0 lead in the series on Friday.

The Black Caps have dominated the tourists in the five games of limited overs cricket they have played so far this summer.

The hosts won the one day international series 3-0 and will try to sweep the T20 series today before the Tests begins on Friday.

But if anyone knows Bangladesh should not be underestimated it is the Black Caps.

During New Zealand's 2013 tour of Bangladesh the Black Caps were comfortably beaten 3-0 in a one day series and 4-0 on the tour of 2010.

New Zealand salvaged some pride by winning the soul T20 encounter they played on the 2013 tour and today Bangladesh will be just as eager to prove that they can win away from home.

"We know they're a good team. Yeah, there's talk they're not great outside their own conditions but we don't see it that way," said Munro after posting his maiden international century on Friday.

"They've showed in glimpses what they can do. They've had big upsets as well, in terms of beating some good opposition, so we can't take them lightly."

Wellington wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, who played in the Firebirds domestic T20 championship win over the Central Stags yesterday, could make his international debut today, with regular keeper Luke Ronchi out injured.

Firebirds' Luke Woodcock (L) celebrates with team mate Tom Blundell and captain Hamish Marshall.

Firebirds' Luke Woodcock (L) celebrates with team mate Tom Blundell and captain Hamish Marshall. Photo: Photosport

George Worker from the Stags also joined the Black Caps last night and could return to New Zealand colours today.

- RNZ