Munro century leads New Zealand to series win

Colin Munro scored a belligerent 101 off 54 balls to lead New Zealand to a 47-run win over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 in Mount Maunganui.


New Zealand batsman Colin Munro hit seven sixes in his whirlwind knock.

New Zealand sealed its Twenty20 series against Bangladesh with a 47-run win at Bay Oval on Friday. Colin Munro blasted 101 off 54 balls after New Zealand was sent in to bat in Mount Maunganui, leading the host to 195 for 7.

Tom Bruce made an unbeaten 59, but it was Munro's innings – including seven fours and as many sixes – that saw New Zealand set its huge total. Sabbir Rahman (48) gave the tourist brief hope, but it was all out for 148, falling to a 2-0 deficit in the three-match series.

New Zealand had made a poor start as Luke Ronchi (0) fell off the first ball of the innings and Kane Williamson (12) went soon after. But Munro and Bruce put on 123 for the fourth wicket off just 11.1 overs. Included in that stand was Munro taking Bangladesh off-spinner Mahmudullah (0 for 32) for 28 in the 13th over.

Maiden century

He brought up his maiden international century with a single off Mashrafe Mortaza (1 for 38). The wickets fell at relatively regular intervals after Munro's dismissal, with only the centurion, Bruce and Williamson managing double figures.

Imrul Kayes (0) went early in the chase before an awful run out saw Tamim Iqbal (13) depart.

The dismissal of Shakib Al Hasan (1) left Bangladesh at 36 for 3, but Sabbir led a recovery. He put on 68 for the fourth wicket with Soumya Sarkar (39), only for both to fall in the space of 10 balls. That left Bangladesh with too much work to do, while Mitchell Santner took a brilliant catch diving to his right to get rid of Mosaddek Hossain (1).

The tourist, which continued chasing hard, will be out to avoid a series whitewash on Sunday.

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