8 Jan 2017

Black Caps sweep T20 series 3-0

6:57 pm on 8 January 2017

New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh by 27 runs in the third Twenty 20 cricket international in Mount Maunganui to sweep the series 3-0.

Chasing 195 for victory, the tourists' run chase lost momentum late in the game to finish on 167 for six in reply to the hosts' score of 194 for four.

Corey Anderson

Corey Anderson Photo: Photosport

Man of the match Corey Anderson top scored with an unbeaten 94 off 41 deliveries that included ten sixes, a New Zealand record in T20 internationals.

Wellington's Tom Blundell made his international debut with the wicket-keeping gloves in place of the injured Luke Ronchi.

The Black Caps captain Kane Williamson lost the toss, but revealed he would have chosen to bat first on the same Bay Oval pitch where New Zealand won the second game by 47 runs.

Williamson opened the batting with Jimmy Neesham, who was given out LBW in the fifth over for 15 off 12 balls.

Rubel Hossain and Nurul Hasan Sohan celebrate the wicket of Jimmy Neesham.

Rubel Hossain and Nurul Hasan Sohan celebrate the wicket of Jimmy Neesham. Photo: Photosport

Neesham's departure brought Colin Munro to the middle who was back in the pavillion two balls later.

Caught for a two ball duck on the square leg boundary in the fifth over, Munro was unable to replicate his century scoring heroics from game two.

Bangladesh succeeded in taking a cluster of New Zealand wickets in the seventh over when Tom Bruce departed for five off four balls.

Tom Blundell

Tom Blundell Photo: Photosport

Fresh from a well crafted 50 on Friday, Bruce mistimed a square drive and was caught at point.

Next man in Corey Anderson joined his skipper for a 124 run partnership as Williamson brought up a half century with a massive six over square leg followed by a slog-pull for four.

The tourists committed a cricketing sin by dropping Williamson on 54, while Anderson brought up his own half century from the other end with three devilish sixes in a row.

Bangladesh dropped Williamson again on 58, before the skipper was bowled for 60 from 57 deliveries in the 19th over.

Colin de Grandomme finished four not out as Anderson brought up his highest T20i score.

In reply, Bangladesh made a solid start, scoring the necessary ten runs an over.

Opener Tamim Iqbal was caught for 24 (15) in the fifth over from the bowling of Trent Boult, before Ish Sodhi took an impressive catch off his own bowling in the ninth over to dismiss Soumya Sarkar for 42 (28).

Ish Sodhi is congratulated by Trent Boult.

Ish Sodhi is congratulated by Trent Boult. Photo: Photosport

The run rate slowed as the New Zealand spinners Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and part-timer Williamson put the brakes on with tight bowling.

Sodhi's second wicket came off the top shelf in the 16th over as the leg spinner bowled a bamboozled Mahmudullah (18 off 14) with a wrong'un.

With the pressure on Mossaddek Hossain (12 off 7) started to slog, only to be caught at extra-cover off Santner in the 19th over before Shakib Al Hasan (41 off 33) holed out to long-on in the final over off Boult.

Sodhi was the best of the Black Caps bowlers taking two wickets for just 22 runs.

The two teams next meet at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Thursday for the first of two Test matches.