New Zealand continued their brilliant form in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 as the Black Caps finished Group 2 on top of the table with eight points following their 75-run victory over Bangladesh at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on Friday, 26 March.
The Kiwis made two changes to their side as Adam Milne was replaced by Nathan McCullum, while Henry Nicholls came in for Martin Guptill as the former made his Twenty20 debut.
Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bat. Nicholls was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman and Colin Munro joined his skipper. The duo rotated the strike and without playing big shots they kept the score board ticking. However, Rahman struck again, bowling Williamson.
Corey Anderson was the next to go without opening his account. Ross Taylor was dropped by Al-Amin Hossain and had he taken the catch, the New Zealanders would have struggled to cross 120.
Munro and Taylor put on a partnership before Munro was bowled by Al-Amin for 35. After playing a couple of big shots, Taylor was also sent back to the pavilion for 28.
Wickets fell at regular intervals as Rahman picked up five, while Al-Amin added two scalps to his name. New Zealand managed 145 for eight off 20 overs.
In reply, Bangladesh lost their opener Tamim Iqbal early in the innings after a direct hit from Munro brought an end to his short time in the middle. Mohammad Mithun was joined by Sabbir Rahman as they struggled to keep the score board moving.
Bangladesh got their first boundary in the fifth over as both Mithun and Sabbir got their first boundaries. An off cutter from Mitchell McClenaghan in the sixth over saw Mithun perish, which slowed down the scoring rate. Shakib followed him after adding two runs to the total.
Bangladesh started losing wickets at regular intervals. They lost their first six wickets with only 44 runs on the board. The boundaries just dried up. Further wickets fell in quick succession and Bangladesh were bowled out for 70 in 15.4 overs. New Zealand's victory was delayed as the lights went off at Eden Gardens.
The Tigers are already out of the tournament, while New Zealand have sealed their place in the semi-final.