New Zealand side proved too hot to handle as they again cruised to a six wicket win over Bangladesh at Maclean Park in Napier in the first game of T20 series. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson led from the front to notch up yet another half century in the format. He remained unbeaten till the end and scored 73 runs off 55 balls and stuck two sixes in his innings to see New Zealand achieve the target in the 18th over.
Colin de Grandhomme also came good with the bat as he played a supporting role to Williamson as duo added 81 runs together to take the side to victory. New Zealand’s chase was far from ideal as they slumped to 46 for 3 after 7 overs but Williamson kept his cool to keep the flow of runs going at a nice rate.
Earlier in the game, Bangladesh won the toss and tried to post a good score after opting to bat first on a flat surface prepared at Napier. The side was in trouble as they lost four wickets inside five overs but Mahmudullah did play and scored 52 runs to help visitors post a score of 141 runs on the board. Ben Wheeler was impressive on his debut as he claimed two wickets while Lockie Ferguson took three wickets and rattled the middle order to setup up easy task for the batsmen.