New Zealand thumped Bangladesh 3-0 in the three-match T20 series at home. Here are some of the top performers in the series.
Kane Williamson: The New Zealand skipper was the top run-scorer in the series with 145 runs from matches, highly impressive returns. He finished the series with an average of 72.50 with two fifties at a strike rate of 116. Williamson smashed 73 not out in the first T20 at Napier, and after a failure in the second game, finished the series with 60 in the final T20 at Mount Maunganui. Williamson will be pleased with the manner in which the New Year has kicked off for him and the Kiwis.
Corey Anderson: The all-rounder had a good series as well, finishing with 111 runs at an average of 55.50 with a brilliant strike rate of 191.37. After failing in the first two matches, he finished the series on a high, with a splendid unbeaten 94 from 41 balls, at a spectacular strike rate of 229.26. Anderson hit as many as 10 sixes in the series apart from two fours. The knock pretty much knocked out Bangladesh, and set up the whitewash.
Colin Munro: He was the third and only other batsman to score over 100 runs in the series. He finished the series with 101 runs at an average of 33.66, at a strike rate of 171.18. Munro began and ended the series with ducks. But, in between, he blasted a magnificent 101 in the second match. The knock came off only 54 games with seven fours and seven sixes, at a strike rate of 187.03. Thanks to Munro, New Zealand won the second match by 47 runs, and clinched the series with it.
Rubel Hossain: The Bangladesh fast bowler was the highest wicket-taker in a series where the visitors struggled. He picked up seven wickets in the series at an average of 15.85. His strike rate was brilliant at 10.2, which balanced out his slightly high economy rate of 9.25. Hossain picked up 3 for 37 and 3 for 31 in the second and third match of the series.
Ish Sodhi: In two games, the spinner claimed five wickets at an average of 11.60, and an exceptional strike rate of 9.6. His economy rate of 7.25 was also highly impressive. Sodhi claimed 3 for 36 in the second match and 2 for 22 in the final match. Sodhi constantly kept the Bangladesh batsmen in check.
Ben Wheeler: The medium pacer made an impressive debut with four wickets in three matches, at an average of 16,75, an economy rate of 6.59 and an excellent strike rate of 15.2. Wheeler kept things tight throughout while also claiming wickets, with 2 for 16 in the first match and 2 for 16 in the second. In the final T20, he did not claim any wickets, but gave away on 29 runs, thus keeping Bangladesh under pressure.
--By A Cricket Correspondent