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Munro Leads Kiwis to Series Win With Record Ton

Munro celebrates his century

Colin Munro struck stunning century off just 52 balls to lead New Zealand to a 47-run victory over Bangladesh at Mount Maunganui, giving them an unassailable 2-0 Twenty20 international series lead.

Munro plundered his first-ever ton in the 20-over format off just 52 balls, hitting seven fours and seven sixes and leading the hosts to 195 for seven.

Spinner Ish Sodhi then took three for 36 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 148 in the 19th over.

The tourists were laughing when they got rid of Luke Ronchi off the opening ball of the match, but all it did was bring Munro to the crease and he made hay.

The left-hander went to fifty off 31 balls before he let loose, smashing 28 off the 13th over with three sixes and two fours which took his score from 64 to 92.

He completed his century off his 52nd ball before falling soon after, caught behind off the bowling of Rubel Hossain, ending a 123-run partnership with Tom Bruce, which came in just 11.1 overs.

Bruce got to his half-century off 35 balls, finishing 59 not out, as New Zealand set a competitive target which Bangladesh rarely looked like chasing, especially as they were reduced to 36 for three in the fifth over.

A 68-run partnership between Sabbir Rahman, who hit three sixes in his 32-ball 48, and Soumya Sarkar (39), left them in a decent position at the halfway point of their innings.

But Sodhi came to the party with three wickets as New Zealand bowled their visitors out for 148 with 11 balls remaining.


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