Updated: April 1, 2021 3:12:27 pm
New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Finn Allen lit Eden Park on fire on Thursday with a mesmerising 29-ball 71 in the hosts’ third T20I against Bangladesh.
The 21-year-old, who was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2021 auction, opened the innings alongside Martin Guptill (44 off 19) in a rain-affected contest.
The right-handed batsman hit ten fours and three sixes during his knock. He reached his maiden T20I fifty in just 18 balls, becoming the second joint-fastest New Zealand player to reach the milestone.
Colin Munro holds the record of being the fastest New Zealand player to a T20I half-century. He reached the fifty-run mark in 14 balls facing Sri Lanka in 2016.
Finn Allen is a pure striker of the ball 💥
71 off 29 is just silly 😂 pic.twitter.com/gDnqIdXrdi
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) April 1, 2021
Led by Allen’s onslaught, New Zealand put up 141/4 on the scoreboard at the end of 10 overs. Bangladesh need 142 runs in just 60 balls to win the contest.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 1, 2021
Back in February, RCB had bought then uncapped Allen as a like-for-like replacement for Josh Philippe, who will miss IPL 2021 due to personal reasons.
Allen was snapped up at his base price of INR 20 lakh.
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