New Zealand Defeats Bangladesh in World Twenty20 Cricket Game

New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 59 runs in the opening game for both teams at cricket’s World Twenty20 championship in Sri Lanka.

Brendon McCullum scored 123 as New Zealand finished 191-3 after being put into bat in the Group D game in Pallekele. Tim Southee then took 3-16 and Kyle Mills was 3-33 as Bangladesh ended on 132-8 in its 20 overs. Nasir Hossain top-scored with 50 for Bangladesh.

England opens defense of its title today when it plays Afghanistan in a Group A match in Colombo.

The top two in each of the four groups go through to a Super Eight stage, from which the top two teams in each pool advance to the semifinals. The final is in Colombo on Oct. 7.

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