Bangladesh vs New Zealand
End of innings
Bangladesh managed - just - to overhaul Brendon McCullum's 123, but never looked like challenging New Zealand's team total. This match will be remembered for one thing only, and that's McCullum's knock. The records tumbled as he hit his second T20I hundred, reaching the highest score in the format and also becoming the first man to pass 1500 runs. Who do you reckon the Man of the Match will be? That's all for me from this game, but I'll be commentating on England v Afghanistan shortly, and you can also find me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Gomorezvidinha
Over 20 - Bang 132/8 (Rahman 14, Razzak 0)
WICKET! Southee takes his third, Sunny spooning an easy chance to Oram in the covers. The impressive Southee keeps Rahman and Razzak to just singles and leg byes from the rest of the over, and that's that.
Over 19 - Bang 128/7 (Rahman 12, Sunny 5)
WICKET! Mashrafe spanks Oram down the ground for his first four, but then attempts a cute ramp shot to a slower ball bouncer and lifts the ball gently into Franklin's hands at short third man. Sunny is greeted with a rather quicker bouncer that he top edges over the keeper for four. The pain's almost over for Bangladesh.
Over 18 - Bang 119/6 (Rahman 12, Mortaza 1)
WICKET! Hossain goes to a 37-ball half-century with a late cut down to the third man boundary, but then picks out Guptill at long on with a lofted stroke to become Southee's second victim of the match. That was rather a good catch from Guptill, who'd come in from the rope but misjudged the path of the ball and had to backpedal and leap into the air to hold onto ot.
Over 17 - Bang 111/5 (Hossain 46, Rahman 10)
Mills comes into the attack and a slogging Rahman is dropped by Vettori down at fine leg. He'd top edged a swipe but Vettori couldn't get into a good position and the ball hit the turf right in front of him as he fell forward. Rahman then takes Bangladesh past 100 with a pull over deep square leg for six, and Hossain adds four more as Mills inexplicably keeps on sending down short deliveries.
Over 16 - Bang 97/5 (Hossain 41, Rahman 1)
Bangladesh can at least take something positive from this match, as Nasir Hossain continues his fine innings. A Vettori full toss is driven through the covers in style, and a flighted delivery is spanked down the ground to move him into the 40s.
Over 15 - Bang 87/5 (Hossain 32, Rahman 0)
WICKET! Williamson takes his third catch to get rid of Mahmudullah. The batsman was trying to spank McCullum down the ground, as he had done to Vettori in the over before last, but didn't time this shot nearly as well and picked out the long on fielder to perfection. The partnership is broken at exactly 50, and McCullum races through the rest of his over to finish with 1 for 15 from his four overs.
Over 14 - Bang 86/4 (Hossain 31, Mahmudullah 15)
Hossain gives Oram some stick, flat-batting a swipe onto the grass banks behind midwicket for six and then adding four more with a very well executed late dab to the third man boundary. Twelve runs come from the over, and this fifth wicket partnership is now worth 49.
Over 13 - Bang 74/4 (Hossain 20, Mahmudullah 14)
It's back to accumulation against McCullum, although Hossain does attempt some heave-ho into the leg side from the final delivery. It doesn't quite come off, but lands safely in the outfield and they run two.
Over 12 - Bang 69/4 (Hossain 17, Mahmudullah 12)
Finally some real aggression from the batsmen, Mahmudullah stepping down the track to lift Vettori straight down the ground for six. Ten runs come from the over, but the required rate is up to 15 now. Still, they need to get as close as possible to up their net run rate. Not the most exciting scenario for the remainder of this match, but there you go.
Over 11 - Bang 59/4 (Hossain 16, Mahmudullah 4)
Not much turn for McCullum, but his drift away through the air means he's constantly flirting with both batsmen's outside edges. Hossain finds two with an outside edge down to third man, but only five runs come from the over and Bangladesh slip further behind.
Over 10 - Bang 54/4 (Hossain 12, Mahmudullah 3)
The run rate dips below six an over as Hossain and Mahmudullah continue to accumulate without any big shots.
Over 9 - Bang 47/4 (Hossain 7, Mahmudullah 2)
Spin from both ends, with Nathan McCullum brought on. He spears in his darts flat and fast, and concedes just four runs in an over that includes one wide. Are Bangladesh playing for their net run rate, and hoping for a win over Pakistan?
Over 8 - Bang 43/4 (Hossain 5, Mahmudullah 1)
Vettori's into the attack, and finds drift through the air and a hint of grip off the surface. That's not enough to deter Nasir Hossain, who heaves to leg for his first boundary, but still only six runs come from the over - which is half what they need.
Over 7 - Bang 37/4 (Mahmudullah 0, Hossain 0)
WICKET! Bangladesh are adrift and rudderless now, as Southee cuts down another batsman. After his explosive start, Ashraful had just started to meander. He tries to break free with a swipe across the line, but is struck on the pad and sent on his way by Umpire Nigel Llong. Southee rushes through a wicket maiden, and the required rate shoots up to 12 an over.
Over 6 - Bang 37/3 (Ashraful 21, Mahmudullah 0)
Oram continues, and trundles through another stiff-limbed over. He's mighty effective, though, and concedes just three from the over with Mahmudullah yet to get off the mark.
Over 5 - Bang 34/3 (Ashraful 18, Mahmudullah 0)
WICKET! Mills grabs another as Rahim perishes in the desperate pursuit of runs. He was aiming for the stands beyond deep midwicket, but got more height than elevation on the ball and Williamson settled underneath the swirling chance. Bangladesh have no choice but to go for it, but they're stumbling through this chase.
Over 4 - Bang 29/2 (Ashraful 16, Rahim 1)
Jacob Oram, who was the top wicket-taker at the recent Sri Lankan Premier League, comes into the attack and almost has a wicket as Rahim flashes at his first ball and presents an easy nick through to McCullum ... who drops it! Ashraful, meanwhile, keeps Bangladesh afloat with a swivel-pull to deep square leg and a bunt straight down the ground off a full toss. He cracked the ball in the air back at Oram, but it's hard to call it a missed chance. It was really traveling.
Over 3 - Bang 19/2 (Ashraful 7, Rahim 0)
WICKET! Shakib flays a length delivery between extra cover and mid off with superb timing but is the undone by a good slower ball. He'd stepped away, looking to open up the off side field, but sliced to early at it and presented a looping chance to Williamson, who took a good catch falling forwards. Off the field, we're treated to footage of Bangladesh's bowling coach, the great Saqlain Mushtaq, as Mills bowls his second successful over. He's got an awesome beard, and an aura that hums of mystery.
Over 2 - Bang 14/1 (Shakib 7, Ashraful 6)
The second over is much calmer than the first, both Shakib and Ashraful content to manoeuvre Southee around for singles. Good bowling from the young Kiwi too, giving them nothing to hit and finding a probing length.
Over 1 - Bang 9/1 (Shakib 5, Ashraful 4)
WICKET! Horror start for Bangladesh as Tamim slaps a short delivery from Mills straight to a leaping Guptill at short extra cover. If Shakib and Ashraful are rattled by the dismissal, they're not showing it. Shakib's off the mark with a top-edged slash over slip for four, while Ash heaves the very first ball he faces to deep midwicket.
End of innings
The day has belonged entirely to McCullum so far. He was utterly dominant from the very start, and made a mockery of Bangladesh's bowling attack with a jaw-dropping display of power hitting. He crunched eleven fours and seven huge sixes to become the first player to hit two T20I hundreds. He didn't stop there, and went on to claim the record for the highest individual score in a T20I, with 123 at a strike rate of 212.06. He also passed 1500 career runs in the format, which is a couple of hundred ahead of the next best contender, to stake his claim as the world's foremost Twenty20 batsman. Astonishing. Bangladesh have some decent strikers themselves, but it's going to take a monumental effort for them to even get close to this score. I'm going to take a few minutes to catch my breath, after which do join us for the chase.
Over 20 - NZ 191/3 (Taylor 14)
McCullum finishes in style! Two almighty smites onto the grass banks beyond deep midwicket take him to 123 - the highest score by any batsman in T20Is. Razzak has no answer to the onslaught, but is gifted a wicket off the final delivery as a one-handed slap sees McCullum caught at deep extra cover. What a knock.
Over 19 - NZ 175/2 (McCullum 108, Taylor 13)
Mortaza drops McCullum! He slapped a short one from Sunny straight at him at extra cover. McCullum celebrates the life with an inside out drive over extra cover and a hoick to wide long on that takes him to his century! It's his second in T20Is, and he's the first player in history to reach that landmark. He isn't nearly finished, either, and jumps out like Trumper to send the ball arcing straight down the ground for six. He's reached a 51-ball ton, and has looked in complete control from the start.
Over 18 - NZ 158/2 (McCullum 92, Taylor 12)
McCullum's almost decapitated Umpire Marais Erasmus with a scything strike straight down the ground, and Taylor joins the demolition of Bangladesh's bowling attack with a brace of leg-side slogs. Against one of the world's best allrounders, Shakib Al Hasan, no less. Shakib's four overs have gone for 40, and New Zealand are heading for a massive total.
Over 17 - NZ 143/2 (McCullum 87, Taylor 2)
The McCullum show continues, and he's on course for a century now. Shafiul bears the brunt of his onslaught, as a sliced loft somehow has enough on it to beat the long off fielder. A wild swing to leg brings four more, taking McCullum into the 80s, and he then adds yet another boundary with a hack to third man off a short ball. A whopping 15 runs come from the over.
Over 16 - NZ 128/2 (McCullum 72, Taylor 2)
Shakib's back into the attack, and does enough to deny New Zealand a boundary despite McCullum's best efforts. He's backed up by his fielders, most notably Mashrafe - who's just finished his four overs for the day but still has the energy to pull of a great diving stop at backward point. Taylor is off the mark with a nudge to long on
Over 15 - NZ 123/2 (McCullum 69, Taylor 0)
WICKET! Mortaza breaks through for Bangladesh! He sent down an offcutter just short of a good length and Franklin heaved it away into the leg side ... but straight into Elias Sunny's waiting hands. The dismissal doesn't slow McCullum down one jot, however, and he sends the ball flying over the long off boundary with an astonishing forehand swipe to an attempted bouncer.
Over 14 - NZ 113/1 (McCullum 60, Franklin 35)
Razzak, who provided Bangladesh's early breakthrough, comes back into the attack. Both McCullum and Franklin are eager to use their feet to attack the ball, but Razzak is wily enough to deny them any boundaries and keep them to just four singles from the over. Bangladesh restore a modicum of control, but they need to build pressure from both ends.
Over 13 - NZ 109/1 (McCullum 58, Franklin 33)
Mushfiqur turns to Ziaur Rahman's medium pace but the runs continue to flow. McCullum goes to a 29-ball half-century, his tenth in T20Is, with a crunching pull and adds to Bangladesh's pain with a deft little leg glance for his sixth four. That boundary takes him to 1500 career runs in this format, and he's the first batsman to get there.
Over 12 - NZ 97/1 (McCullum 48, Franklin 31)
McCullum motors to within one strike of his half-century with a flat-batted smear to the midwicket boundary off Sunny, and Franklin joins him in attack by skipping down the track to loft the ball straight down the ground for his first six. This partnerships is now worth 78, and they've scored those runs at nine an over!
Over 11 - NZ 84/1 (McCullum 43, Franklin 23)
Shakib's spell continues, but so does McCullum's rampage as he bludgeons a short-ish delivery onto the grass banks beyond the long on boundary. Shakib tests him with a little flight and spin, drawing a poking defense to end the over, but McCullum's winning this mini-battle so far. The two play together with Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, so McCullum will have seen quite a bit of Shakib's bowling in the past.
Over 10 - NZ 75/1 (McCullum 36, Franklin 21)
Elias Sunny comes into the attack. TV commentary informs me that 50% of his deliveries in T20Is have been dot-balls, and that is the case in his first over. He still leaks six runs, however, as Franklin gets to the pitch of a flighted delivery to club it to wide long on for four.
Over 9 - NZ 69/1 (McCullum 35, Franklin 16)
It's spin of the right-arm orthodox type as Mahmudullah is brought on. Franklin decides he's going to have a go at the offie but charges right past a flighted delivery. Fortunately for him, Mushfiqur can't collect and the ball rolls away for byes. McCullum is denied a boundary by an unintentionally remarkable piece of tag-team fielding on the boundary, the ball rebounding off one fielder's chest straight into another's hands, but collects four from the very next ball with a well-struck reverse sweep. He's flying now, on 35 from just 20 balls.
Over 8 - NZ 56/1 (McCullum 27, Franklin 11)
Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack. I've just been reliably informed that his nickname within the Bangladesh team is 'Moina' - 'The Bird'. No explanation was forthcoming for this, however, and the only thing flying in his first over is the ball as McCullum steps out to slash his second six over extra cover. He looks in ominous touch.
Over 7 - NZ 45/1 (McCullum 19, Franklin 8)
Shafiul's loosener is greeted with a massive swing of McCullum's battleaxe of a bat, the ball scorching to the extra cover boundary. There's a pointless shy at the stumps after the next delivery, and the ball runs away for four overthrows, leaving Shafiul holding his head in wide-eyed disbelief. He comes back well, conceding just two runs from the next four deliveries, but the damage had already been done to the over.
Over 6 - NZ 34/1 (McCullum 9, Franklin 7)
Razzak's second over isn't quite as successful as his first, but he's played with circumspection by the batsmen and just five singles come from the over. So, that's the Powerplay finished and the field can now spread. We'll surely see another left-arm spinner on pretty soon ... but it's Shafiul who's tossed the ball.
Over 5 - NZ 29/1 (McCullum 6, Franklin 5)
Brendon McCullum is the world's leading T20I run-scorer, and if he reaches the mid-60s in this knock he'll pass 1500 runs in the format. He gives some hint as to how all those runs have been scored with an almost effortless backfoot punch to the cover boundary, but he's up against a pretty seasoned campaigner in Mashrafe, and the boundary ball is the bowler's only real lapse in the over.
Over 4 - NZ 21/1 (Franklin 3, McCullum 1)
WICKET! The senior bowler in Bangladesh's gaggle of left-arm spinners is brought on and immediately shoots one through a massive gap between bat and pad to rattle Guptill's stumps. Razzak screams a celebration, he knows how important that wicket is. With dark, heavy clouds circling the ground, just three runs come from the over and one can almost feel Razzak, Shakib and Sunny closing in.
Over 3 - NZ 18/0 (Guptill 11, Franklin 2)
Mashrafe continues, and is impressive in his second over. Franklin, who's looking to play himself in, is kept quiet, while Guptill is felled with a brutal strike to the ... midriff. Mashrafe seamed one in to him at a good pace, beating his attempted pull and stinging him amidships. Guptill goes down, breathing hard, but there's a smile on the physio's face as he comes out with a drink of water. Two canny slower balls make it a great over, just two runs from it.
Over 2 - NZ 16/0 (Guptill 10, Franklin 1)
Guptill swings the nine-iron to send Shafiul's third ball rocketing way over wide long on. A huge hit, but so controlled. His head was right down, looking at the point of contact. Great strike. Meanwhile, Franklin is off the mark with a nudge for one. Speaking of Franklin opening in a T20I, he has done it before - against Zimbabwe in Hamilton earlier this year. He scored a 37-ball 60, although I do remember he was dropped a couple of times along the way.
Over 1 - NZ 8/0 (Guptill 3, Franklin 0)
Mashrafe Mortaza opens the bowling under rumbling, grey clouds and is immediately on target, curving one away from a leaving Guptill and then seaming one in to strike the splice. The probing length renders Guptill shotless ... but Mortaza then rather ruins things by flinging one miles down the leg side. The spell is broken, and Guptill's off the mark with a neat clip to midwicket for three. Interestingly, New Zealand have decided to promote James Franklin up the order to open with Guptill.
Apparently there hasn't been rain in this area since January. Of course, it would rain today. It's still ok though as the teams come out for the anthems. The stadium is pretty empty, as has been the case for most of the games so far, which is disappointing.
The Tigers have left Farhad Reza, Junaid Siddique, Jahurul Islam and Abul Hasan on the sidelines. Team: Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Ashraful, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Ziaur Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza, Elias Sunny, Abdur Razzak, Shafiul Islam
The Black Caps are have left out Adam Milne, Doug Bracewell, Ronnie Hira and BJ Watling. Meanwhile, there is a bit of drizzle falling now, and Ross Taylor says he would have bowled first too. Team: Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Dan Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills
Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl first.
They've brought the covers on even though it's not raining... yet. There are heavy clouds about, so hopefully the rain stays away long enough for the action to get going.
Hello and welcome to the group D clash between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Pallekele, which promises to be an interesting clash between two relatively even sides. Will the Black Caps be able to combat the many spinners, or will Shakib and co. bamboozle them?
- 21st Sep 2012
- Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
- M Erasmus and N J Llong
bangladesh BATTING CARD
|Iqbal||c Guptill b Mills||0|
|Ashraful||lbw b Southee||21|
|Al Hasan||c Williamson b Mills||11|
|Rahim||c Williamson b Mills||4|
|Mahmudullah||c Williamson b McCullum||15|
|M.N. Hossain||c Guptill b Southee||50|
|Mortaza||c Franklin b Oram||5|
|M.E. Sunny||c Oram b Southee||5|
|Total||20.0 Overs||132 - 8|