Opener Martin Guptill smashed a brisk century before New Zealand huffed and puffed to a thrilling three-wicket win over Bangladesh to sign off their league engagements unbeaten in pool A of the ICC cricket World Cup here on Friday.
Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi warned New Zealand not to under-estimate fellow quarter-finalists Bangladesh when they meet Friday with the Asian side desperate for a win which could help them avoid facing champions India.
Batsman Kane Williamson has suffered a small fracture in his left thumb and been ruled out of New Zealand`s ongoing tour of Bangladesh and the upcoming visit to Sri Lanka, the country`s cricket board said on Wednesday.
The new playing conditions for all three formats of international cricket -- including the contentious Decision Review System and stricter penalties for ball-tampering -- came into effect with the series between Bangladesh and New Zealand which started here on Wednesday.
Brendon McCullum on Friday became the first cricketer to score two centuries in Twenty20 Internationals as New Zealand launched their ICC World T20 campaign with a crushing 59-run victory over Bangladesh here.
Two giant-killers who have a reputation of disturbing set calculations will be up against each other when New Zealand and Bangladesh clash in their opening Group D match of the World Twenty20 on Friday.