Tuesday, 17 May, 2022
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We had one goal— to beat New Zealand in their home: Ebadot

After beating New Zealand at their home as the first Asian team in the last decade, Bangladesh’s match-winner, Ebadot Hossain, said it was their goal right from the beginning of the series.

“We had one goal after arriving in New Zealand— to beat them in their soil,” Ebadot told in the post-match interview. “We have played many matches in New Zealand, but we could not get even a single win. So in this outing, we wanted to break the ice ceiling. I hope the future generation will inspire by this win”

In the second innings of New Zealand, Ebadot bagged six wickets conceding 46 runs— the best bowling figures by a Bangladeshi pacer in away Tests. It was the first five-wicket haul for a Bangladeshi pacer after Rabiul Islam who registered a fifer in 2013. 

Mominul Haque and his team completed the victory when most Bangladeshis were asleep in winter morning. But the warmth of victory swamped in before the sun rose in the Bengal delta. 

Mushfiqur Rahim cut Kyle Jamieson for a four through the square region to complete the victory. Being the most experienced campaigner of the team, Mushfiqur was fittingly played the victory shot while other big guns were out of the setup due to different reasons. 

Along with Ebadot, young players like Shorfiul Islam and Mahmudul Hasan Joy have also played important roles in Bangladesh’s historic win. Before this match, Bangladesh played a total of 32 matches in New Zealand across the format. 

Pace-bowlers are like second-class citizens in the Bangladesh team when they play at home. But whenever they tour abroad, the pacers are bound to take the extra burden, but they often fail to deliver due to lack of longer version cricket in suitable conditions. 

“The conditions are too flat in Bangladesh and we are still learning how to bowl away from home,” Ebadot added mentioning that the bowling coach Ottis Gibson is guiding them with proper care, and he believes the good days are coming. 

Another pacer Taskin Ahmed said the win is the result of a process that they followed carefully. He said: “We did not think much about the result. We just wanted to play according to our plan. We give our 110 percent to do well.”