McCullum ton too much for Bangladesh
Today Brendon McCullum pulled out T20I cricket’s highest individual score as New Zealand routed Bangladesh by 59 runs. So now as he had done in IPL 2008, McCullum conquered yet another T20 feat, with his glorious 58-ball 123, studded with 11 fours and 7 sixes. The situation McCullum walked into was not a particularly good one, as Martin Guptil had just been foxed by Abdur Razzak, and the scorecard reading 19-1 in 3.2 overs, with a struggling James Franklin at the other end. So McCullum decided to take matters into his own hands, and bludgeoned the bowlers all around the park. He was well supported by Franklin (35 of 36) before he fell to Mashrafe Mortaza. Ross Taylor had relatively nothing to do, but still played a decent hand of 14 of 12. McCullum fell in he very last ball of the innings, as he sliced Razzaq down the throat of Tamin Iqbal. Still, the damage had already been done.123 in 58! He was brilliant. With a mammoth total of 191 to chase down, Bangladesh needed something special from Tamin Iqbal. However, he was snapped up by Kyle Mills in the very first over of the game. If not Iqbal, a lot depended now on the hard hitting Shakib Al Hasaan. He started positively, but ended up spooning a catch to Kane Williamson, again off Mills. More worries came as captain-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim fell for 4, again to Mills, to leave Bangladesh tottering at 33-3 in 4.4 overs. A bit of resistance came from Mohammed Ashraful, but he too fell for his run-a-ball 21. Now everything depended on Mahamudullah and Nasir Hossain. Hossain provided the Bangladesh fans with something to cheer about with his 39-ball 50, but the game was over a long time ago. Then Tim Southee came in and cleaned up, to leave Bangladesh at 132 for 8 in 20 overs. Almost obviously, Brendon McCullum was named Man Of The Match. So with that win, New Zealand also are almost through to the Super 8s, while Bangladesh will have to beat Pakistan, and pray that New Zealand will, too. So this is IPLgeek, signing off. Cheers, see you next time!