New Zealand complete T20 series sweep Vs Bangaldesh

Mt Maunganui (New Zealand), Jan 8 (IANS) A belligerent 41-ball 94 from Corey Anderson propelled New Zealand to a 27-run win in the last T20 against Bangladesh, sealing a 3-0 clean sweep, here on Sunday.

Anderson and Kane Williamson (60) put up a brisk 124-run stand to power the hosts to a huge 194 for 4 after being asked to bat at the Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui on Sunday, reports

Bangladesh raced to 82-1 in the ninth over, riding a rapid start from Tamim Iqbal (24) and Soumya Sarkar (42).

But the introduction of New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (2-22) and other slow bowlers checked their progress.

Chasing the massive target, Bangladesh fell too far behind the asking rate, finishing on 167 for 6 with Shakib Al Hasan adding a fighting 33-ball 41.

The hosts were earlier reduced to 41-3 in the seventh over after Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza won the toss.

Paceman Rubel Hossain (3-31) dismissed James Neesham for 15 and Colin Munro for a duck in the same over before Mosaddek Hossain struck with his first ball to send back Tom Bruce (5).

Captain Kane Williamson (60) then struck his second fifty of the series while left-hander Anderson provided the late flourish, blasting 10 sixes and two fours in his unbeaten knock.

Anderson bludgeoned part-time medium-pacer Sarkar for three sixes over mid-wicket, his 10 sixes are the highest by a New Zealander in the format.

Bangladesh stayed winless in their first overseas tour after two years as the T20 series whitewash follows a 3-0 sweep of the One-Day series by New Zealand.

The teams will next play two Test matches starting on Thursday.

Brief scores: New Zealand: 194/4 in 20 overs (Williamson 60, Anderson 94*; Rubel 3/31, Mosaddek 1/27); Bangladesh: 167/6 in 20 overs (Tamim 24, Soumya 42, Shakib 41; Santner 1/37, Boult 2/48, Sodhi 2/22, Williamson 1/9).