Third ODI

New Zealand v Bangladesh 2007-08

At Queenstown, December 31, 2007. New Zealand won by ten wickets. Toss: New Zealand.

The scenery at Queenstown, New Zealand's adventure capital, is frequently described as captivating or heart-stopping, but even its splendour was outshone by the breathtaking way New Zealand completed a 3-0 clean sweep in this one-day series. Bangladesh were rebuilding at 72 for four when Vettori came on but, holding the ball back intelligently and getting it to spit off the surface, he demolished them with five wickets in six overs. However, the carnage New Zealand's captain caused was as nothing compared to McCullum's massacre. He hurtled to 50 in 19 balls, blasting nine fours and six sixes in all from 28: he even managed to fit in eight dot-balls. Watched by How, who faced only eight deliveries in the 31-minute innings, McCullum rushed his side to victory in just six overs: the match was completed before the scheduled midway meal break. Vettori was named Man of the Match, but it was McCullum's innings that lingered in the memory.

Man of the Match: D. L. Vettori

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