MNA Sports Desk: Today’s 27-run win at Bay Oval enabled New Zealand to complete a second short form 3-0 sweep over Bangladesh.
They are still to win an international of any sort in New Zealand since 2001. Don’t expect that to change in the two tests left to wrap up this tour.
It is their weakest form of the game, even though they sweep their most recent test, against England in Dhaka three months ago.
Once again, in what sounds like a broken record, Bangladesh had openings on a blustery day at the Mount today. But they were tapping at the New Zealand door when they needed to give it a decent kick.
They had the hosts 41 for three, only to be bounced all around the park by Corey Anderson, who clobbered a New Zealand record 10 sixes in his unbeaten 94 off just 41 balls.
Anderson and captain Kane Williamson, with 60 off 57 balls, shared a New Zealand fourth wicket record of 124, eclipsing the two-day old mark of 123 set by Colin Munro and Tom Bruce on Friday.
Then chasing an improbable 195 to win, Bangladesh flew out of the gates, chiefly through Soumya Sarkar’s 42 off 29 balls and were roaring at 69 at the end of the six-over power play.
Not a single boundary followed in the next seven overs and that was that.