Kane Williamson led the way to the first T20I win over Bangladesh at Napier, but he alone couldn’t have gone the distance. Colin de Grandhomme was that partner who excelled the New Zealand innings alongside Kane Williamson, and is the unsung hero, the match turner of the first T20I.
New Zealand was 4 down at 62 in 10.1 overs when Colin de Grandhomme walked in. New Zealand needed 80 runs in less than 10 overs to win, required run rate above 8. Williamson was batting at 34 off 29 on the other end. Until de Grandhomme, Bangladesh kept the pressure on New Zealand rather well. They even had a healthy chance to win the match. But as soon as de Grandhomme walked in, the fireworks started!
Grandhomme hit a huge six off Mortaza’s ball on the very first over he walked in. This is when things started to slide away from Bangladesh. By the end of the 16th over the fate of the game was ascertained, as Willamson and especially de Grandhomme took the bowlers to cleaners.
Colin de Grandhomme took a four and a huge six off the last two balls of the 18th over to end the tale. He remained unbeaten with an incredible 41 off 22, which consisted of 3 fours and 3 powerful sixes.
Earlier in the match, de Grandhomme also took the important wicket of Shakib Al Hasan. While Williamson was the man of the match for his 73 off 55, de Grandhomme was the match turner for his dynamic cameo of 41.