An unbeaten 94 from 41 balls from Corey Anderson helped New Zealand win the Twenty20 series and compete a whitewash against Bangladesh in the third and final Twenty20 International match.
The Twenty20 series like the One Internatoinal won by New Zealand. Batting first, Kane Williamson’s 60 from 57 deliveries and Anderson swashbuckling and unbeaten 94 at number 5 helped New Zealand post a humongous total of 194 for 4 in their 20 overs.
Once again the Bangladesh bowlers were at the receiving end of some serious hammering from Williamson and Anderson as both of them pummeled Bangladesh bowlers once again to the cleaners. Anderson hit as many as 10 sixes in his innings and also two boundaries as Mortaza and company went for an economy of 10’s and 12’s.
One over from Soumya Sarkar yielded 21 runs with him being struck for three sixes. Even the experience of Mortaza and Shakib yielded no results as Bangladesh bowlers were left at the mercy of Anderson’s onslaught.
Chasing 195 for victory, Bangladesh this time made a cautious start with the openers adding 44 inside 5 overs. With a required run rate of almost 10 runs per over, the chase was bound to be tough as so it panned out. Useful contributions from the middle order was not enough to see their team home in the quest of runs Bangladesh also kept losing wickets , thereby hampering the required run rate. At last Bangladesh fell short by 27 runs as they finished 167 for 6 in their 20 overs, thereby losing the series.
Bangladesh in this limited overs series including the ODI’s have failed to win even a single game. This has been a poor start to their new year so far with the team going winless in a full series.
With The Tigers remaining winless so far in the series, they fight the Kiwis in a two match Test series starting next Thursday. The Test matches will be played at Wellington and Christchurch.