Kandy: The Pallekele stadium in Kandy was treated with the magnificence of the T20 Cricket for which it has been known for. It was fiery first century of the World T20 championship, 2012, which came from the bat of none other than but blistering New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum against Bangladesh, in a group D match here.
With his knock, the Kiwis posted a mammoth total of 191 for 3 in 20 overs.
McCullum, who came first down after opener Martin Guptill’s early departure on 11, hit seven massive sixes and 11 boundaries to reach his century. The Kiwi wicketkeeper batsman was in such high flow that none of the Bangladeshi bowlers could resist him.
He had a firm 92 runs partnership with James Franklin who played a lot slower than McCullum. Franklin got out to Mashrafe Mortaza on 35 off 36 deliveries.
But McCullum was unstoppable till the last ball of the match as he hooked the bowlers out of the ground more than they were in. McCullum got out on the final delivery of the match just after hitting a six. He made 123 off just 58 deliveries with 11 boundaries and 7 huge sixes.
By half way stage of the match, the Bangladeshi’s had to go after the New Zealand bowling right from the outset. But Kyle Mills proved out to be a menace in their colossal chase. The 6'4" tall bowler poured havoc with the ball in his first three overs. He castled the Bangladeshi top order cheaply starting with exciting batsman Tamim Iqbal’s wicket in the very first over of the second innings.
Wonderful all rounder Shakib Al Hasan (11 off 8) Mushfiqur Rahim (4 off 6) also fell prey to Kyle Mills pacey attack. Though, middle order batsman Nasir Hossain showed some resistance with his 50 off 39 deliveries, it didn’t fetch any goods to his side.
The rest of the Bangladesh batsman could not make any mark as New Zealand wrapped up the match by a 59 runs victory.
New Zealand: 191/3 in 20 overs
Bangladesh: 132/8 in 20 overs