New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Finn Allen lit Eden Park on fireplace on Thursday with a mesmerising 29-ball 71 within the hosts’ third T20I against Bangladesh in Auckland.
The 21-year-old, who was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) within the IPL 2021 public sale, opened the innings for New Zealand alongside Martin Guptill (44 off 19) in a rain-affected contest.
The right-handed batsman hit ten fours and three sixes throughout his knock. He reached his maiden T20I fifty in simply 18 balls, changing into the second joint-fastest New Zealand participant to succeed in the milestone.
Colin Munro holds the report of being the quickest New Zealand participant to a half-century within the shortest format of the sport. He reached the fifty-run mark in 14 balls dealing with Sri Lanka in 2016.
Finn Allen is a pure striker of the ball 💥
71 off 29 is simply foolish 😂 pic.twitter.com/gDnqIdXrdi
— Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) April 1, 2021
Led by Allen’s onslaught, New Zealand put up 141/4 on the scoreboard on the finish of 10 overs. Bangladesh want 142 runs in simply 60 balls to win the competition.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 1, 2021
Back in February, RCB had purchased then uncapped Allen as a like-for-like substitute for Josh Philippe, who will miss the complete IPL 2021 for private causes.
Allen was snapped up at his base value of INR 20 lakh.