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NZ triumph in T20 opener

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Kane Williamson led New Zealand to a comfortable six-wicket win in the opening T20 international against Bangladesh in Napier. 

Williamson hit 73 not out, and was supported well by Colin de Grandhomme - who smashed an unbeaten 41 off 22 balls - as the Black Caps chased down their 142-run target with two overs to spare.

It earns New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series ahead of the final two games in Mount Maunganui on Friday and Sunday.

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to make first use of the Napier surface, but were restricted to a score of 141-8 from their 20 overs.

They made a slow start with New Zealand debutant Lockie Ferguson (3-32) taking wickets with his first two deliveries - Sabbir Rahman (16) and Soumya Sarkar (0) - in the sixth over to leave the tourists on 30-4.

In came Mahmudullah, who had failed to fire in the one-day series with scores of 0, 1 and 3, but he held together the visitors' below-par innings with a 45-ball fifty before falling for 52, also to Ferguson, in the final over.

In reply, New Zealand too lost early wickets, with Neil Broom (6), Colin Munro (0) and Tom Bruce (7) all departing for single-figure scores, and when the latter fell at the start of the 11th over, the Black Caps were in a spot of bother at 62-4.

But skipper Williamson stuck around, going through to his third T20I fifty, and put on an unbroken 81-run stand with De Grandhomme to see his side to victory.

The win was not really assured, however, until the pair took 17 runs from the 16th over bowled by Soumya Sarkar, before De Grandhomme ended the contest with a six over extra cover off the final ball of the 18th.

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