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Kiwis crushed but Canada, Bangladesh win at T20 WC

Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran have shared a second consecutive century stand which led Afghanistan to an 84-run win over New Zealand and put them in charge of Group C at cricket's Twenty20 World Cup.

Gurbaz and Ibrahim put on 154 in a 125-run win over Uganda in Afghanistan's opening match and made 103 for the first wicket in a total of 6-159 batting first after the Kiwis won the toss on Friday at Guyana National Stadium.

Fazalhaq Farooqi and Rashid Khan both took 4-17 as New Zealand were bowled out for 75 in the 16th over, their fourth-lowest T20 total.

Gurbaz and Ibrahim are only the third pair and first openers to post back-to-back century partnerships at a Twenty20 World Cup. They stayed together until the 15th over when Ibrahim was out for 44 from 41 balls.

Gurbaz finally was out in the 20th over, having made 80 from 56 balls with five fours and five sixes.

"We were waiting for this match for the last three years," Gurbaz said.

"We played them at the World Cup three years ago and they beat us.

"Finally we beat them. We had the trust and belief in ourselves from the very start. We have the belief we can beat any team in this competition on this surface."

Rahmanullah Gurbaz.
Rahmanullah Gurbaz's innings earned the Afghanistan opener man-of-the-match honours against NZ. (AP PHOTO)

New Zealand came into the tournament as one of the favourites after reaching at least the semi-finals at the last six white-ball World Cups.

Glenn Phillips, with 18 runs, was their top-scorer.

"Afghanistan outplayed us in all facets of the game," Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said.

"From our perspective it wasn't good enough in terms of starting a tournament. Very frustrating."

At the Grand Prairie Stadium in Texas, Bangladesh opened their campaign with a two-wicket victory over Sri Lanka.

Opener Pathum Nissanke provided a strong platform to the Sri Lanka innings, hitting a six and seven fours as he made 47 from 28 balls.

But from 3-100 at the start of the 15th over, they stumbled to 9-124 with Mustafizur Rahman (3-17) and Rishad Hossain (3-22) starring with the ball.

Bangladesh's reply started badly, 3-28 before Towhid Hridoy smashed four sixes and raced to 40 from 20 balls as he added 63 with Kumer Das, who made 36 from 38 deliveries.

Needing 12 from the final three overs, Nuwan Thushara (4-18) returned to take two wickets in successive deliveries before former captain Mahmudullah (16 not out) eased any nerves.

Earlier, Canada kept the shocks coming, after the USA's win over Pakistan, with a 12-run defeat of Ireland at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium, New York.

Nicholas Kirton scored 49 off 35 balls to help Canada earn their first win at a T20 World Cup, ensuring that, for the second time in two days, an associate member team defeated a full member in Group A.

Kirton helped Canada score 7-137 from their 20 overs after they had been put in to bat, with Shreyas Movva also contributing 37 off 36.

Canada are competing at the T20 World Cup for the first time, and lost their opening game to the United States.

Kirton hit three fours and two sixes, following on from the 51 he scored against the US. He put on 75 off 63 balls with Movva for the fifth wicket, the partnership that turned the game.

In reply, Ireland were restricted to 7-125 with medium pacers Jeremy Gordon and Dillon Heyliger taking two wickets each as Canada defended the third-lowest target set by an associate side in T20 World Cups.

"It was a good wicket to bat on, except a couple of patches in the middle," Kirton said.

"It was important to get set and bounce back from defeat in the first game. Our spinners bowled very well and got purchase from the wicket."

With PA.