Captain Brendon McCullum led from the front with a fine 65 as New Zealand secured a comfortable six-wicket victory over Netherlands in their ICC World Twenty20 Group 1 match at Chittagong.
The Black Caps chased down the target of 152 with an over to spare with Brendon McCullum anchoring the innings with a 45-ball knock which included four boundaries and three sixes.
New Zealand lost their opener Martin Guptill (9) cheaply in the fourth over but they were never in trouble as the inexperienced Dutch bowlers could not take further advantage.
Coming in at the crease when his side was 14 for one in the fourth over, McCullum, ensured that the Kiwis did not face any problem in their run chase. When he was dismissed in the 17th over,New Zealand were just 18 runs away from victory with six wickets in hand. Corey Anderson(20) and James Neesham(7) took New Zealand past the target.
For Netherlands, Timm van der Gugten grabbed three wickets for 30 runs, while Logan van Beek got one.
Good, but not enough
Earlier, Tom Cooper’s unbeaten 40 off 23 balls lifted the Netherlands to 151 for four in their allotted 20 overs.
Copper, who hit four boundaries and two sixes in his unbeaten knock, shared 60 runs for the fourth wicket with captain Peter Borren (49) after the Netherlands were put into bat.
The Netherlands were slow in their first 10 overs,scoring just 62 for two wickets, but accelerated in the second half of their innings.
For New Zealand, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult, Nathan McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan took a wicket each.
After today’s result, New Zealand are on four points from three matches with two wins and a defeat. Netherlands, on the other hand, are yet to register a win after playing three matches, though they came close to beating South Africa in their last game.
Brief scores: Netherlands 151 for four in 20 overs (P Borren 49 off 35 balls, T Cooper 40* off 23 balls, M Swart 26 off 26 balls, K Mills 1/20, T Boult 1/25, N McCullum 1/20) lost to New Zealand 152 for four in 19 overs (B McCullum 62 off 45 balls, K Williamson 29 off 22 balls, C Anderson 20* off 14 balls, T Gugten 3/30, L Beek 1/14) by six wickets