Colin Munro recored his first ever T20I hundred    AFP
Colin Munro recored his first ever T20I hundred AFP

Bangladesh took on New Zealand in the second Twenty 20 International (T20I) game of the three-match series with a newly found spirit. Bangladesh after winning the toss asked the home side to bat first on a flat surface at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. Colin Munro and Tom Bruce batted with complete ease and took apart the visitors scoring boundaries at will. Munro in the process recorded a whirlwind hundred off just 52 balls. Bruce, not to be overshadowed by Munro notched up his first T20I half-century, in only his second game for the Black Caps. It was only some intelligent bowling in the final overs that kept the flow of runs under check, yet New Zealand managed 195 runs in their 20 overs.

New Zealand started badly losing Luke Ronchi off the very first ball of the game. Ronchi tried to cut Mashrafe Mortaza ended up lobbing the ball straight into the hands of Mosaddek Hossain standing at point. Munro came in at No. 3, started blasting the bowlers from the get go. Munro in no time smacked four blistering boundaries and a massive six off Mortaza to get the New Zealand innings off to a flier.

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Williamson soon joined in the party getting his first boundary off Mustafizur Rahman, in his first over. Williamson could not do much for his side as he departed for 12. Shakib-Al-Hasan in his first over got the BlackCaps captain after he trying to go inside out gave a simple catch at long on. Corey Anderson too fell in the next over to Mosaddek. Anderson missed an arm delivery to get his stumps rattled for 4.

Bruce playing just his second T20I came out in the middle to partner Munro. Munro continued his pace and notched up his fifty in 31-balls that included 4 fours and 3 humongous sixes. Munro continued his belligerence as Mahmudullah got cantered for 28 runs in his second over; that included 3 sixes.

Munro and Bruce brought-up their 100 run stand in 52 balls. Munro recorded his first ever T20I hundred in 52 balls with the help of seven fours and seven sixes. This is also the third fastest T20I hundred for New Zealand; first two belong to Brendon McCullum. This was also the second highest 4th wicket stand in T20Is, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell are on top with 161 versus South Africa.

Munro departed for 101 after Rubel got him caught behind. Colin de Grandhomme did not add much getting bowled for just 2 runs off Rubel. Bruce continued his resilience and got to his first ever T20I fifty in 32-balls.

Shakib and Rahman did tighten screws in the final few over that kept New Zealand under check. Rubel continued to pick up wickets as he cleaned up James Neesham for 5. Mitchell Santner ensured Rubel did not get his hat-trick. Santner was unlucky to get run out for 4 after Rubel ran him out on the far end. Rubel ended with figures of 3 for 37, with Mortaza, Hossan and Shakib picking one wicket apiece.

New Zealand ended up on 195 for 7 with Bruce 59 not out, asking Bangladesh to chase down 196 runs to win and level the series 1-1.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 195 for 7 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 101, Tom Bruce 59*; Rubel Hossain 3 for 37) vs Bangladesh