Blackcap Corey Anderson had told SunLive he hoped to "get a crack" at Bangladesh at the weekend.
Corey Anderson took a hefty dollop of reassurance out of his blockbusting unbeaten 94 against Bangladesh today.
Anderson, who had posted scores of only 13 and four in the first two matches, and skipper Kane Williamson featured in a pivotal partnership, putting on 124 runs from 72 balls for the fourth wicket.
"I've been out in the wilderness with worldwide cricket but it was nice, after two low scores to come back and get a decent total", Anderson said.
Anderson slammed part-time medium-pacer Sarkar for a hat-trick of sixes over mid-wicket, his 10 sixes the highest by a New Zealander in the T20 format.
Having beaten England in a Test and run them close in the one-dayers late previous year, hopes were hight that the Asians might be able to compete with New Zealand but, with two Tests to follow, the hosts will now be looking to make it eight wins from eight games.
"You always have times when you have form slumps, periods when you're not scoring runs and you start questioning yourself - [whether it's] technique or "what am I thinking".
The Tigers will look forward and seek some consolations in the two-match Test series begins on January 12 at Wellington while the second at Christchurch on January 20. He's being nursed back to full bowling health with his troublesome back so he's assessed as a batsman only for now, a situation he doesn't like, but has to accept for now.
James Neesham (15) opened the innings for New Zealand and scored three boundaries in as many overs to get the team going while Williamson (60) smashed two more fours in the next over.
"This was a pretty clinical series".
In their final T20I match of the tour, Bangladesh needed a miracle to avoid a series whitewash.
He could have had Anderson squarely in his thoughts when he made that comment.