The third and final game of the t20 series between New Zealand and Bangladesh played a Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui saw the hosts complete another whitewash in the three match series. The visitors at present cannot seem to find way out of this rut at the moment after losing their sixth consecutive game on the tour.
New Zealand are on the song at the moment with batsmen once again produced big runs to see the side pile up 194 runs in their 20 overs. Bangladesh won the toss again and fielded first as the openers Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham provided a brisk start to the innings. Neesham fell after scoring 15 runs to see Rubel Hossain claim his first wicket of the innings. He also dismissed the star of show in the previous game Colin Munro for duck. Mosaddek Hossain chipped in with a wicket of Tom Bruce to see New Zealand placed in a precarious position at 41 for 3 after 6 overs.
Williamson continued his rotation of strike and added 124 runs with all-rounder Corey Anderson in a space of next 12 overs to help the side post a good score on the board. He was dismissed by Rubel Hossain after scoring 60 runs off 57 balls.He struck six fours and one six in his innings to see the side end up with 194 runs in their full quota of overs. Corey Anderson was the player to watch out for as he struck a majestic unbeaten 94 runs off 41 balls to see New Zealand end up with a dominant score after a jittery start to the innings. Anderson smashed ten sixes in his innings as frontline bowlers were taken apart to all corners of the ground to set a new record for New Zealand batsman to hit most sixes in an innings in T20 cricket surpassing McCullum feat of eight sixes. Bangladesh bowlers had no answer to the New Zealand assault in the end of the innings.
In the chase Bangladesh made a promising start as Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar put on 44 runs for the opening wicket. However, similar pattern followed like the previous game as once the openers departed the visitors could not keep up with the asking rate to fell 27 run short of the target posted by New Zealand. Shakib ul Hassan made 41 runs while Soumya Sarkar made 42 runs at the top of order but rest of the batting lineup failed to make any impression on the night as hosts completed yet another whitewash in the t20 format.
The side will next play two test match series as first game will start from 12th January at Basin Reserve in Wellington.