Ban v NZ, World T20 2012, Group D, Pallekele September 21, 2012

Tough afternoon for McCullum

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from Bangladesh v New Zealand

Tough gig of the day

You become the first man to make two hundreds in Twenty20 internationals, have to come back within minutes to keep wicket and also have a disappointed bowler stare at you. Big Jacob Oram didn't hide his disappointment when Brendon McCullum put down a shoulder-high edge off Mushfiqur Rahim in the fourth over. "Tough being me" is not restricted only to Kevin Pietersen.

Six of the day

McCullum muscled 18 boundaries during his century, including seven sixes. While power was the source of most of his runs, one six stood out for being incredulous even by McCullum standards. In the 15th over, barely two deliveries after James Franklin fell, McCullum charged Mashrafe Mortaza, who saw him coming and bowled short. McCullum had built up so much momentum in his charge that there was no turning back, short ball or not. He ended up sending it over the long-off boundary with a tennis forehand.

Non-stroke of the day

McCullum's big hits got all the attention, but apart from being dropped on 92, he hardly did anything wrong throughout his innings. In the 11th over, he jumped out to Shakib Al Hasan and again, his momentum sent a short delivery over deep midwicket. Shakib responded with sharp turn off his next ball, after angling it in from wide of the crease. For a batsman in such a belligerent mood, it could have been a difficult ball to tackle, but McCullum was in the zone. He went across, allowed the ball to turn and defended solidly.

False alarm of the day

How would New Zealand fare against Bangladesh's left-arm spin trio? Not too well, was the feeling when Martin Guptill fell to the second ball of the variety, bowled by Abdur Razzak. McCullum was around to alter that impression completely. By the end of New Zealand's innings, Shakib Al Hasan, Elias Sunny and Razzak had been taken for 104 in 11 overs.

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ponshakaram on September 23, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Some bangladeshi supporters are a tad too optimistic, acknowledged. But all you guys claiming that BD is suddenly a rubbish cricketing nation are plainly spiteful and ignorant. McCullum is the best T20 batsman in the world for a reason and his knock would've won most games. I think BD lack a true, authorative leader besides better fast bowlers and greater mental strength. Never say never but Pakistan are one of the best T20 teams so spanking them is not gonna happen. It's not all doom and gloom; the squad is young and new talent is coming through every year. One day BD will be champions, no doubt. Just like England supporters say or said before lifting T20 cup last year

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    What Bangladesh lacks is quality fast bowler. Fast mean fast enough, not like Murtaza or Shafiul how run 10KM to deliver balls which are only equivalent to Afridi's quicker one. As being said earlier, SL pitches are no more spin heavens, so there is no way to go further without a quality pacer in your team. Shakib was right, they are highly competitive within BD but not abroad.

  • alex on September 21, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    who is more pathetic?

    the Bangladeshi supporters or the Indian batsmen???

    i guess that's a tough question to answer...

    to be fair to both sides; the correct answer would be: they are both equally disappointing :)

    BMac smacked the "tigers" like a bunch of cuddly kittens!!!


  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    all bangladeshi supporters r hiding now... no comment at all......i appriciate their performance and ability but bd lost in mccullum s storm... well done brendon....

  • Andy on September 21, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    One sided affair, NZ were really good. McCullum is in a terrific form, he just left off with 90+ in India, to score 123 over here against hapless BD bowling attack.

  • Amir on September 21, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    McCullum was brilliant today. Not sure many bowlers would have been effective against him today. Just his day. Sometimes you have to applaud such performance and move on and focus on the next game.

  • bhanu on September 21, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    Time for reality check. Bangladesh is no where near where they claim they are.

  • Manesh on September 21, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Well done Brendon McCullum. You bring back the BD bowlers to earth whom their fans believed as world class! And another 'world class' gone for a duck in batting!

  • Manesh on September 21, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    roaring lions as usual. I just wonder when will BD fans stop their claims! Hope this slap will awake them.

  • Dummy4 on September 21, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Good on ya, Jake! :rotfl:

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