Brendon McCullum ton razes Bangladesh

Brendan McCullum broke a few Twenty20 international records in New Zealand’s 59-run win over Bangladesh in the Group D opener in Pallekele, but his spectacular 123 off just 58 balls more importantly gave his team the breathing space in the tournament’s toughest group. McCullum broke the record for the highest score in Twenty20 internationals when he went past Richard Levi’s 117 made earlier this year (which, coincidentally, came against New Zaland), and has also become the first batsman to score two hundreds in this format.

The innings was more than enough to ward off any threat from the Bangladesh batsman, who were facing their second-highest chase. Kyle Mills gave them no chance of a quick recovery by removing Tamim Iqbal off the third ball, the left-hand batsman rigid at the crease and caught easily by Martin Guptill. In his next over, Mills took the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, who continued his poor day by chipping one to Kane Williamson at cover. The same combination removed captain Mushfiqur Rahim, the catch taken at deep midwicket. Tim Southee continued his good form by also picking up three wickets, but it would be Mills’ performance that would be most encouraging for New Zealand, after he had crashed into McCullum in their last competitive Twenty20 just ten days ago. Read more
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