Devcich, Munro bring New Zealand consolation

Bangladesh

Quickfire half-centuries from left-handers Anton Devcich and Colin Munro afforded New Zealand a nervy 15-run triumph over Bangladesh in Wednesday's one-off Twenty20 International at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Quickfire half-centuries from left-handers Anton Devcich and Colin Munro afforded New Zealand a nervy 15-run triumph over Bangladesh in Wednesday's one-off Twenty20 International at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka.

Inadequate in the two Tests and the recipients of a three-nil whitewash in the ODI series against the same opposition earlier this month, the Black Caps were – at least – able to depart a difficult tour with a consolation win.

Success started at the toss, when stand-in skipper Kyle Mills decided to bat first in conditions primed for a big score. Devcich and Munro duly obliged, romping to a cavalier 59 not out and unbeaten 73 respectively.

Opener Hamish Rutherford and all-rounder Corey Anderson, meanwhile, lamented a collective inability to convert good starts – and wicketkeper-batsman Luke Ronchi endured a second-ball duck. Seamer Al-Amin Hossain was the pick of the host attack – thanks to two key wickets.

The Tigers' reply slumped to a very poor start, with a worrying 19 for three soon rectified to a respectable 62 for four – and 115 for five – by skipper Mushfiqur Rahim's authoritative half-century.

His departure to Anderson, though, returned the advantage to the tourists. While all-rounders Sohag Gazi and Mohammad Mahmudullah maintained the chase, the asking rate ultimately ballooned beyond reach.

Seamer Tim Southee, who had not played T20I cricket in 12 months prior to Wednesday, marked a fine return to the XI with a haul of three for 38 in four important overs – but couldn't beat Munro to the Man of the Match award.

New Zealand's next international assignment is a limited-overs series in Sri Lanka, where Mills will keep the captaincy in the absence of the injured Kane Williamson and Brendon McCullum. Bangladesh, in the interim, will beging preparations for the 2014 World Twenty20.

"Tough couple of weeks, pleasing that we stepped up here especially the four or five young guys. Great opportunity for us to stand up and happy with what we did. Vibrant crowds here and we've been privileged to play in front of these crowds," concluded Mills.

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