HAMILTON: New Zealand drew first blood in their series with Bangladesh by thrashing them by 10 wickets in the one-off Twenty20 here on Wednesday.
Having skittled the visitors for a paltry 78 in 17.3 overs, the Black Caps reached their target with ease, taking just 8.2 overs as openers Brendon McCullum (56 not out) and debutant Peter Ingram (23no) quickly rattled off the runs required.
It was a tough night�s work for the visitors, who won the toss and chose to bat. They were soon in trouble as New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori proved the chief destroyer, taking three wickets for six runs from his four overs.
His bowling partnership with fellow spinner Nathan McCullum (two for 15) ripped the heart out of the Bangladesh side as they slumped from 41 for three to 42 for five in the space of four balls and never recovered.
Jacob Oram (two for 16) and Daryl Tuffey (two for 16) and the returning James Franklin (one for eight) ensured the visitors� wickets fell at regular intervals.
Bangladesh did not help themselves though as they swung their bats wildly and did not cope with the turn or bounce of the Seddon Park wicket.
Bangladesh won toss
Tamim Iqbal c B McCullum b Tuffey 14
Mohammad Ashraful c Hopkins b Vettori 11
Aftab Ahmed b Franklin 12
*Shakib Al Hasan b N McCullum 3
�Mushfiqur Rahim lbw b Vettori 0
Mahmudullah c Franklin b N McCullum 11
Naeem Islam b Oram 5
Raqibul Hasan c Hopkins b Oram 18
Shahadat Hossain st B McCullum b Vettori 1
Shafiul Islam c Taylor b Tuffey 1
Nazmul Hossain not out 0
Extras (lb2) 2
Total (all out, 17.3 overs) 78
Fall: 1-18, 2-37, 3-41, 4-42, 5-42, 6-57, 7-59, 8-64, 9-72
Bowling: Tuffey 4-0-16-2; Southee 2-0-15-0; Franklin 1-0-8-1; Vettori 4-1-6-3; N McCullum 4-0-15-2; Oram 2.3-0-16-2
�B B McCullum not out 56
P J Ingram not out 20
Extras (lb2, w1) 3
Total (0 wickets, 8.2 overs) 79
Did not bat: M J Guptill, L R P L Taylor, J E C Franklin, G J Hopkins, J D P Oram, N L McCullum, *D L Vettori, T G Southee, D R Tuffey
Bowling: Shahadat Hossain 3-0-28-0 (1w); Nazmul Hossain 2-0-18-0; Shafiul Islam 1-0-7-0; Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-16-0; Aftab Ahmed 0.2-0-8-0
Result: New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Series: New Zealand won the one-off match
T20I debuts: S Islam (Bangladesh); P J Ingram (New Zealand)
Man of the match: Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)
Umpires: G A V Baxter and C B Gaffaney. TV umpire: E A Watkin. Match referee: A G Hurst (Australia)