Vettori, McCullum star in stunning win
It was the Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum show as New Zealand powered to an amazing one-day cricket win over Bangladesh in Queenstown today.
Vettori took five wickets to destroy the Bangladesh middle order as the tourists were dismissed for 93 in just 37.5 overs before McCullum stole the spotlight with an amazing innings as New Zealand scored the winning runs in just six overs, finishing the match before the scheduled lunch break.
McCullum launched a blistering attack, hitting 80 runs off just 28 deliveries with his 50 off just 19 balls being the fastest by a New Zealander, breaking his own record of 20 balls.
McCullum's innings included six sixes and nine fours and his strike rate was 286.
Vettori had earlier spun a spell around the Bangladesh batsman on his way to becoming New Zealand's leading one-day cricket international wicket-taker.
Vettori, who at one stage had the stunning figures of four overs, four wickets for four runs, added a fifth wicket in his six overs to finish the innings with the equally impressive five for seven as the tourists floundered to be all out for 93 in 37.5 overs.
The left arm spinner began the match with 202 ODI wickets, one behind Chris Harris on the all-time New Zealand ODI wicket-taking list, but shot past that total with two wickets in his second over, the game's 29th.
He then added a third in third over and fourth in his fourth and a fifth in his sixth over to now have 207 victims.
The five victims also mean Vettori will finish 2007 as the world's leading wicket-taker in ODI's for the calendar year.
Vettori had earlier one the toss and inserted Bangladesh who struggled from the outset.
Kyle Mills struck in the third over, bowling Zuead Siddique and then Michael Mason, included after Mark Gillespie did not recover from a shoulder injury, took wickets in the 16th and 18th overs while Oram chimed with his own in the 19th.
Mason dismissed slow scoring opener Tamim Iqbal and danger man Mohammad Ashraful for 25 runs off 31 balls. Ashraful was caught on the hook shot by Jacob Oram on the square leg boundary while Iqbal, who had struggled to 13 off 56 balls, was caught at slip.
Opener Tamim Iqbal who struggled to 13 off 56 balls was NZ's second victim, caught at slip by Scott Styris off Mason's second over.
Vettori left his own introduction to the bowling crease until late, but he struck twice in his second over, dismissing Aftab Ahmed and Shakib Al Hasan.
Kyle Mills finished with two wickets, Jacob Oram one while Chris Martin was wicketless in his 10 over spell that cost just 22 runs.
Tamim Iqbal c Styris b Mason 13
Junaid Siddique b Mills 1
Mohammad Ashraful c Oram b Mason 25
Aftab Ahmed c Sinclair b Vettori 19
Tushar Imran c McCullum b Oram 1
Shakib Al Hasan b Vettori 10
Farhad Reza st McCullum b Vettori 12
Mushfiqur Rahim b Vettori 0
Abdur Razzak c Martin b Mills 6
Mashrafe Mortaza b Vettori 2
Shahadat Hossain not out 0
Extras (lb 1, w 3) 4
Total (all out 37.5 overs) 93
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Junaid Siddique, 2.6 ov), 2-41 (Tamim Iqbal, 15.3 ov), 3-44 (Mohammad Ashraful, 17.4 ov), 4-46 (Tushar Imran, 18.5 ov), 5-73 (Aftab Ahmed, 28.2 ov), 6-74 (Shakib Al Hasan, 28.5 ov), 7-78 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 30.1 ov), 8-85 (Farhad Reza, 32.5 ov), 9-93 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 36.6 ov), 10-93 (Abdur Razzak, 37.5 ov)
Bowling: K Mills 8.5 overs, 1 maiden 27 runs 2 wickets; C Martin 10-4-22-0, M Mason 8-2-21-2, J Oram 5-0-15-1, D Vettori 6-2-7-5.
J How not out 7
B McCullum not out 80
Extras (b 4, w 4) 8
Total (6 overs) 95 (15.83 runs per over)
Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-20-0, Shahadat Hossain 2-0-38-0, Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-16-0, Abdur Razzak 1-0-17-0.