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On this Day in 2012: Brendan McCullum smashed the highest runs in the T20 World Cup

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It was exactly eight years ago today, Brendan McCullum had displayed the might of his batting against Bangladesh during the T20 World Cup.

It was during the Group D game between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Pallekele where Bangladesh had won the toss and chose to bowl first.

New Zealand had lost their first wicket on 19 runs when the skipper Brendan McCullum came into bat and started hitting the ball on all sides of the ground.

He plundered 11 boundaries and 7 sixes as he scored 123 runs off just 58 balls with a strike rate of 212.07. McCullum also became the first skipper to have the highest score in the T20 World Cup. He proficiently took the side’s total to 191 runs for just three wickets.

McCullum not just only brought life to the match, he also became the first player to score two centuries in the T20 World Cup. He also broke the previous record of 117 runs held by Chris Gayle and Richard Levi.

Later, Bangladesh faltered during the chase as Kyle Mills and Tim Southee spearheaded and finished with three wickets each. Bangladesh’s skipper Mushfiqur Rahim received criticism for opting to field first especially after McCullum brutally punished the bowlers.

New Zealand went on to win the match by 59 runs and also registered their first win of the T20 World Cup.

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