Boult performs at T20 death in NZ victory
Satisfied Black Caps fast bowler Trent Boult hailed a six-wicket win over the Netherlands that saw his team remain on track for the World Twenty20 tournament semifinals.
Chasing 152 to beat the Dutch, New Zealand got to the target with an over to spare, at Chittagong's Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium this morning.
If the Black Caps can go on and beat Sri Lanka, on Tuesday morning (Nz time), they'll go through to the playoffs in Dhaka.
"[It was] a good hit out for us. We finished off in the end and scored a good victory,'' Boult said.
"A lot of good allround performances from a lot of the players in the team, which is something very positive so we'll look forward to a couple of nights' time and a big match.''
This was Boult's first Twenty20 international since February last year, which was the same month he played his last one-day international too. He's become something of a test specialist in the interim, but showed against The Netherlands that he has something to offer in the white ball formats too.
The left-arm swing bowler finished with figures of one for 25 against the Dutch and bowled the last over of the innings, conceding nine runs from it.
Boult had been under the impression he would bowl out before the absolute death but captain Brendon McCullum went with other options in the lead up to the final over. When he was finally called upon, Boult stood up to the task well.
"You're always looking out for signals [from the skipper]. I think I was going to be bowling the 16th over and then I was bowling the 18th and you've got to be ready,'' said Boult.
Jimmy Neesham, in his first game of this tournament, had conceded by just two runs off the 19th over, to help lessen what could've been a healthy Dutch total. Anything in the vicinity of 170 is very defendable, but the Black Caps were always odds on to get 152.
Their chase wasn't without its little hiccups, with Martin Guptill (nine), Kane Williamson (29) and Ross Taylor (18) all gifting their wickets away at moments when New Zealand seemed like they might be taking control.
Instead those dismissals kept The Netherlands in the hunt nearly all the way, before Corey Anderson and Neesham finally saw the Black Caps home.
McCullum played a heady hand to ensure his team won. He made 65 from 45 balls, before holing out in the 17th over.
In the process he also became the first player to register 2000 runs in T20 internationals.