Group D: McCullum the master blaster


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Brendon McCullum blasted the highest ever individual score in Twenty20 internationals as New Zealand eased to a 59-run victory over Bangladesh in the opening match of Group D.

The opener hammered a 58-ball 123 to become the first player to score two centuries in Twenty20 internationals as New Zealand posted an intimidating 191 for 3 wickets.

McCullum's knock included seven sixes and 11 fours as he bettered the record of South African opener Richard Levi whose unbeaten 117 earlier this year against New Zealand was the highest individual score in this format.

Bangladesh simply crumbled under the run mountain and managed 132 for 8 wickets, largely because of Nasir Hossain's gritty 50.

Seamers Tim Southee and Kyle Mills took three wickets apiece for the Black Caps who next face Pakistan tomorrow, two days before Bangladesh play the same team.