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World Cup T20: New Zealand beat Bangladesh, England beat Afghanistan

Kandy, Sep 22 (): New Zealand beat Bangladesh comfortably in their opening match by 59 runs at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and put New Zealand to bat. The Kiwis scored 191 runs losing 3 wickets in twenty overs. Brendon McCullum scored 123 runs from just 58 balls at a strike rate of 212.07 with eleven fours and seven sixes.

James Franklin scored 35 from 36 balls, made 94 runs in second wicket partnership with McCullum. McCullum hit 2 massive sixes in Abdur Razzak’s over, to go past South African Richard Levi’s earlier highest score of unbeaten 117 scored in Hamilton earlier this year against New Zealand, and 117 scored by Chris Gayle in 2007 ICC World T20.

The kiwis scored 63 runs in the last four overs. All Bangladesh bowlers were punished all around the ground; Abdur Razzak took 2 wickets for 28 runs in four overs.

Chasing a huge target of 192 in 20 overs, Bangladesh lost opener Tamim Iqbal in the first over. Bangladesh lost four top order batsmen for 37 runs in 7 overs. Bangladesh never recovered from their top-order collapse and only middle order batsman Nasir Hossain put up a fight and finished 132 for 8 in 20 overs.

Scoreboard:

New Zealand 191 for 3 in 20 overs: (McCullum 123, Franklin 35; Abdur Razzak 2 for 28)

Bangladesh 132 for 8 in 20 overs: (Nasir Hossain 50; Southee 3 for 16, Mills 3 for 33)

In another match, England thrashed Afghanistan by a huge margin of 116 runs in Colombo. After winning the toss, Afghanistan put England to bat. Although England lost the opener Kieswetter in the first over they fought back to reach 195 in 20 overs. Luke Wright smashed an unbeaten 99 off 55 balls with eight 4s and six 6s. Alex Hales scored 31 runs from 27 balls with five 4s.

Chasing the total 196, Afghanistan collapsed from the beginning and at one stage were 26 for 7 wickets. Gulbodin Naib was the only batsman who scored double digit 44 from 32 balls. Afghanistan was all out for 80 in 18th over. Broad, Dernbach, Samit Patel and Swann took two wickets each. Afghanistan lost both matches played and was out of T20 world Cup.

Scoreboard:

England 196 for 5 in 20 overs (Wright 99 no, Hales 31; Dawalatzai 2 for 56)

Afghanistan 80 all out in 17.2 overs (Gulbodin Naib 44; Samit Patel 2 for 6, Broad 2 for 10)

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