Brendon McCullum hit the highest individual score in Twenty20 Internationals as New Zealand crushed Bangladesh by 59 runs in their opening Group D match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Friday.
McCullum struck a 58-ball 123 with the help of seven sixes and 11 boundaries to power New Zealand to 191 for three wickets and was dismissed in the last ball of the innings.
He bettered the record of South African opener Richard Levi who scored an unbeaten 117 earlier this year against New Zealand at Hamilton.
Chasing 191, Bangladesh managed 132 for eight wickets with Nasir Hossain top-scoring for them with a 39-ball 50.
For New Zealand, Tim Southee (3-16) and Kyle Mills (3-33) shared six wickets. - Text and photos by Agencies.
Bangladesh bowler Razzak (C) celebrates the wicket of New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill (L) with captain Mushfiqur Rahim during the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup match between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele, Sri Lanka on September 21, 2012.
Bangladesh wicketkeeper and captain Mushfiqur Rahim (R) watches as New Zealand batsman James Franklin plays a shot.
A New Zealand cricket team supporter waves flags during match.
Bangladesh cricket team fans cheer during the match.
Bangladesh's bowler Elias Sunny, left, watches as New Zealand batsman Brendon McCullum raises his bat to celebrate scoring a century.
New Zealand cricketer Kyle Mills (C) celebrates the wicket of Bangladesh batsman Shakib Al Hasan (L) with teammates.
New Zealand cricketer Kane Williamson successfully takes a catch to dismiss Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim.
New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum (L) watches as Bangladesh batsman Nasir Hossain plays a shot.
New Zealand bowler Kyle Mills, left, collides with Bangladesh's batsman Nasir Hossain.