New Zealand seals series after Munro 52-ball ton

Bangladesh loses by 47 runs to go 2-0 down in three-match Twenty20 International series

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Colin Munro scored a blistering 100 off 52 balls which helped New Zealand set a target of 195 runs
New Zealand took an unassailable 2-0 lead over Bangladesh in the three-match Twenty20 International series with a comfortable 47-run win in the second game at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday (January 6).
 
Colin Munro, the left-hand batsman, set up the win with a blistering 54-ball 101, his century coming in 52 balls, which guided the home side to a daunting 195 for 7 in 20 overs. His knock was built around seven sixes and as many fours.
 
In response, Bangladesh was bowled out for 148 in 18.1 overs, the result meaning that Bangladesh has now conceded the T20I series after being swept 3-0 in the preceding One-Day International exchanges.
 
A top-order failure saw Bangladesh slump to 36 for 3 in the fifth over. But Sabbir Rahman and Soumya Sarkar forged a bright 68-run partnership for the fourth wicket in just 40 balls to raise Bangladesh's hopes of staying alive in the series. 
 
With Colin de Grandhomme going for a lot of runs – 33 in two overs – Trent Boult was brought back in the 11th over and he delivered the crucial breakthrough, having Sarkar dismissed for 39 in 26 balls. The innings went into a tailspin after that as the last seven wickets for just 44 runs.


 
Ish Sodhi, the leg-spinner who was taken for a few runs initially, came back strong to take 3 for 36, including the wicket of Sabbir for a 32-ball 48. Kane Williamson and Ben Wheeler both returned 2 for 16 to support the main bowlers.
 
On a ground where the team batting second has won more often than not, Bangladesh chose to field after winning the toss and had an ideal start when Luke Ronchi, opening the batting, was dismissed first ball.
 
Munro then took charge and displayed controlled aggression to propel New Zealand. Williamson fell for 12 and Corey Anderson for four, but Munro then found a willing partner in Tom Bruce.
 
From a precarious 46 for 3, the two stitched up a 123-run for the fourth wicket in just 67 balls. Bruce, in just his second international outing, held fort with an unbeaten 59 in 39 balls following Munro's departure to ensure New Zealand finished well.
 
The teams will play the third and final match of the series at the same venue, before the Test leg of the tour starts.
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