Cricket: Devon Conway, Ish Sodhi lead Blackcaps to thumping T20 victory over Bangladesh

The Blackcaps have thrashed Bangladesh by 66 runs, opening their three-match T20 series in style at Hamilton's Seddon Park.

Half-centuries to Devon Conway (92 not out) and debutant Will Young (53) as well as a four-wicket haul to leg-spinner Ish Sodhi left Bangladesh with no answers, as the Blackcaps cruised home on Sunday.

Winning the toss and batting first, New Zealand's innings got off to a false start as the much-hyped debut of Wellington batsman Finn Allen didn't go to plan, clean bowled by his first ball as a Blackcap by Bangladesh's Nasum Ahmed.

But from there though, it was one-way traffic for the rest of the afternoon. Coming in at number three, Conway combined with Martin Guptill (35) in a stand worth 52 runs before the opener holed out in the deep, giving Nasum his second wicket - caught on the fence by Soumya Sarkar.

Guptill's dismissal only saw Young arrive at the crease, combining with Conway to leave Bangladesh with no answers. 

The left-hand, right-hand combination added 105 runs together in just 60 balls, as both batsmen passed their half-centuries. 

Conway was the first to raise his bat, taking 37 balls with six boundaries and one six, while Young needed only 28 balls, hitting two fours and four sixes.

Young fell looking to up the run rate, caught at midwicket by Afif Hossain off the bowling of Mahedi Hasan, but the damage was done, departing for 53 from 30 balls.

Glenn Phillips came in to finish the innings, plundering an unbeaten 24 from 10 balls, with three fours and one six, while Conway remained not out with 92 from 52 - seeing the Blackcaps post 210/3 from their 20 overs.

Conway's latest batting brilliance takes his average in T20 Internationals to an impressive 65.42, having scored four half-centuries including a best of 99 not out against Australia.

Acting as captain in place of India-bound Kane Williamson, Tim Southee struck first for New Zealand as Bangladesh began their run chase, removing Liton Das for four, caught by Ish Sodhi running back from mid-on.

A wicket for the returning Lockie Ferguson (2/25) was a sight for sore Kiwi eyes, pinning opener Mohammad Naim lbw for 27, before Sodhi starred with the ball to rip the heart out of Bangladesh's innings.

With his fourth ball, Sodhi clung onto a sharp caught-and-bowled chance to get rid of Soumya. Two balls later, Sodhi had his second, bowling Mohammad Mithun with a wrong-un.

Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah was Sodhi's third scalp, dragging the ball back onto his stumps to leave his side at 59/5. Mahedi Hasan then gave Sodhi his fourth, another to drag on after looking to play Sodhi with soft hands, and watching in horror as the ball trickled onto his stumps.

All-up, Sodhi levelled his career-best, taking 4/28 from his four overs - the exact same figures he managed against Australia in Christchurch in February.

The only resistance came from Afif Hossain (45), but when he was bowled by a Lockie Ferguson yorker, Bangladesh's hopes were all but gone.

Guptill gave the Hamilton crowd one last thrill, pulling off arguably the catch of the summer when he ran back and hung on to dismiss Shoriful Islam, giving Hamish Bennett a wicket.

The Blackcaps can seal the series in Napier on Tuesday, before game three at Eden Park on Thursday.