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McCullum cuts loose

Pallekele: Brendon McCullum 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.

McCullum (123) was in devastating form as he butchered the Bangladesh bowlers with 11 fours and seven sixes during his 58-ball knock to guide New Zealand to 191 for three after being asked to bat in their opening Group D match.

Chasing 192, the highest so far in this edition of the ICC World Twenty20, Bangladesh could score just 132 for eight. Kyle Mills (3/33) triggered a Bangladesh top-order collapse with pace colleague Tim Southee taking three for 16.

McCullum, whose blitzkrieg left the sparse crowd at the stadium spellbound, was on a record-breaking spree as his hundred was the highest score in any Twenty20 International.

His earlier T20 International hundred — 116 not out — came in February 2010 in Christchurch against Australia.

McCullum broke the record for the highest score in Twenty20 Internationals when he went past Richard Levi’s 117 not out made earlier this year (which, coincidentally, came against New Zealand). Chris Gayle also scored 117 in 2007 edition of the ICC World T20 against South Africa in Johannesburg.