Kiwis share record stand in defeat of Bangladesh
CRICKET: New Zealand has wrapped up a second consecutive 3-0 limited-overs sweep over Bangladesh.
Having already taken the ODI series, New Zealand backed that with a 27-run victory in the third and final T20 international on a warm but blustery day at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.
Left to chase an unlikely 195 for its first win ever in New Zealand, Bangladesh gave itself a chance by racing to 69 in the first six overs.
However the boundaries dried up, with none in a seven-over period, and Bangladesh finished at 6-167.
New Zealand had been in difficulties early, at 3-41, but captain Kane Williamson and big-hitting Corey Anderson shared a record-setting 124-run stand for the fourth wicket in 72 balls.
Williamson, although not as his fluent best, made 60 off 57 balls, profiting from two dropped catches at 53 and 58, both off luckless captain Mashrafe Mortaza.
Anderson bludgeoned his way to 94 not out, from only 41 balls. He fell six short of becoming the fourth New Zealander to make a T20 international century, after Brendon McCullum (twice), Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who achieved the feat on Friday.
Anderson hit 10 sixes, the equal fourth most in a T20 international innings, and would have given the fastest hundred mark, 45 balls by South African Richard Levi at Hamilton in 2012, a real shake if he hadn't run out of deliveries.
Bangladesh bowled and fielded well early, and began its chase impressively, but fell apart when the heat went on.
The teams now move to Wellington and the first Test, starting at the Basin Reserve on Thursday.