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Anderson scoring spree steers NZ to 194

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/01/2017

Corey Anderson © Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Corey Anderson Corey Anderson blasted back to his big-hitting best as New Zealand reached 194-4 in the third and final Twenty20 against Bangladesh at Bay Oval in Mt Maunganui.

Anderson, who had posted distinctly average scores of 13 and four in the first two matches, proved unstoppable in whacking a 41-ball 94 which included a New Zealand T20 record of 10 sixes.

Anderson and Kane Williamson put on 124 runs in 72 balls for the fourth wicket before the skipper was bowled for 60 by a full-length yorker by Rubel Hossain with 11 balls remaining.

Anderson went on to finish his innings with a flourish, belting 24 off nine balls to finish unbeaten on 94.

Rubel had earlier given Bangladesh an encouraging start when he grabbed two key wickets in the fifth over.

He trapped Jimmy Neesham, promoted to open in place of an injured Luke Ronchi, leg before wicket for 15 then removed danger man Colin Munro without scoring.

Munro faced only three balls as he looked to reprise his century-scoring form from Friday, when he belted 101 off 54 balls as New Zealand cruised to a 47-run win at the same venue.

Reduced to 36-2 off the first five overs, New Zealand's run rate stalled further in the second five overs.

Spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Mosaddek Hossain restricted the Kiwis to 19-1, Mossaddek removing Tom Bruce for five as an added bonus as the Black Caps battled to 55-3 at the halfway point.

Rubel proved the pick of the Bangladeshi bowlers with 3-31 from his four overs.

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