Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu shine again as New Zealand blank Bangladesh 3-0
The visitors were restricted to 89 for 7 after New Zealand had recovered to score a total of 152 for 7
New Zealand 152 for 7 (Amelia 48*, Devine 47) beat Bangladesh 89 for 7 (Tahuhu 3-13, Carson 2-19) by 63 runs
Amelia Kerr and Lea Tahuhu continued their excellent run of form as New Zealand brushed aside Bangladesh by 63 runs in the third women's T20I in Queenstown to sweep the series 3-0.
Batting first for the third straight time, New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals before Amelia's unbeaten 48 off 31 balls took them to 152 for 7. Tahuhu then, as she has done all series, wrecked Bangladesh's top order by taking 3 for 13 in four overs, with the visitors only managing 89 for 7 in 20 overs.
Earlier, Sophie Devine scored 47 off 33 balls but found little support at the other end. New Zealand's middle order failed to get going as they slipped to 98 for 6 at the end of the 16th over.
Just when a par score seemed out of their grasp, Kerr stepped up. She had a quick 29-run stand with Tahuhu and then joined forces with her sister Jess Kerr to take New Zealand past 150. New Zealand smashed 54 runs in the last four overs.
Tahuhu derailed Bangladesh's chase before the visitors could find any momentum. She struck in each of her first three overs, dismissing Murshida Khatun, Fargana Hoque and Sharmin Akhter. Bangladesh limped to 16 for 3 in the powerplay.
Devine then removed Nigar Sultana for 4 while Amelia Kerr had Ritu Moni lbw. Rumana Ahmed (25 off 24 balls) and Salma Khatun (23 not out off 30) were the only batters who provided a semblance of resistance for Bangladesh.
The visitors did manage to play their 20 overs but fell well short of scoring 100. Amelia Kerr finished the series as the leading run-getter, while Tahuhu topped the wickets charts.