WT20: McCullum first centurion of 2012
Brendon McCullum smashed the highest individual score in all Twenty20 internationals to anchor New Zealand to 191-3 against a hapless Bangladesh attack at Pallekele stadium on Friday.
The 30-year-old right hander smashed seven sixes and 11 boundaries during his 58-ball 123 after Bangladesh sent New Zealand in to bat in overcast conditions during the group D match.
McCullum hit two sixes in Abdur Razzak's last over of the innings to go clear of South African Richard Levi's previous highest score of 117 made against New Zealand in Hamilton earlier this year.
He fell caught off the last delivery to end Bangladesh's miseries but not before helping New Zealand to 63 runs off the last four overs.
New Zealand lost Martin Guptill in the fourth over but McCullum ensured a big total with his ruthless slogging, hitting Shakib Al Hasan for two sixes in his successive overs.
He added 94 for the second wicket with James Franklin who made 35 and 78 for the third wicket Ross Taylor (14).
McCullum reached his tenth half-century off just 29 balls with the first of two successive boundaries off Ziaur Rahman and continued with the same aggression.
He was dropped on 92 before hitting two boundaries off Elias Sunny to complete his ton off 51 balls.
The knock was McCullum's second T20 century. His first came against Australia at Christchurch in 2010.
The wicketkeeper batsman was on a record-breaking spree as his hundred was also the highest score in any Twenty20 International as well as in the short history of ICC World T20.
His earlier T20 International hundred -- 116 not out -- came in February 2010 in Christchurch against Australia.
The earlier highest score in T20 International stands in the name of West Indian swashbuckler Chris Gayle (117 in 2007 edition of the ICC World T20 against South Africa in Johannesburg) and South African Richard Levi (117 not out against New Zealand in Hamilton in February this year).
Gayle's 117 in the 2007 edition was the earliest highest score in ICC World T20. McCullum's hundred today was the fourth century in the ICC World Twenty20 history.
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