Published on January 3rd, 2017 | by CricketSoccer Desk0
Williamson anchors Kiwis to victory in first T20, Bangladesh in search for victory
An unbeaten 73 from Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson saw his team chase down a target of 142 with two overs and six wickets to spare, thereby New Zealand taking a 1-0 lead in the three match series.
Winning the toss, Bangladesh chose to bat first, with none of the top order batsmen scoring the much needed runs up at the top. The top order of Tamim Iqbal (11) and Imrul Kayes added just 5 before Kayes was dismissed by Matt Henry of an outside edge to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps.
The Bangladesh innings never really got going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals thereby losing the much needed momentum to score runs.
The middle order of Shabbir Rahman (16), Shakib al Hasan (14) and Soumya Sarkar (0) contributed for just 30 runs between them. Then it was Mahmudullah Riyad’a (52) innings which gave the Bangladesh innings some sort of momentum and ultimately they ended at 141 for 8 in their 20 overs.
In reply, Kiwis too had a shaky start with Neil Broom(6) dismissed early and the likes of Corey Anderson (13) and Colin Munro (0) failing to contribute. Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (73 n.o) then came along to form a much needed and winning partnership with Colin de Grandhhome (41 n.o) thereby helping New Zealand to register a comfortable victory.
For Bangladesh Shakib, Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman picked up a wicket each.
Kane Williamson deservingly won the man of the match award for his match winning knock of unbeaten 73.