Saturday, 22 January, 2022

An incredible victory

There were few cricket fans who would believe before the beginning of the series that Bangladesh could have beaten New Zealand in an away test considering records of both teams— the former had never won in any of the 32 away matches, across formats, in New Zealand while the latter were unbeaten in their home for the last 17 matches. However, the reality is now the Kiwis have been beaten by a visiting team Bangladesh, whose cricket has been facing huge criticism for on-field and off-field performance in recent months. The visitors just outplayed the hosts, dominating 11 out of completed 13 sessions of the first match in Mount Maunganui. We congratulate the tigers from the core of our hearts for their success.

With the win against the champions of the previous circle, Bangladesh has opened the tally in the ICC World Test Championship (2021-2023) and created history. The eight-wicket win is the sixth away test victory for Bangladesh. This is the first time an Asian team has won a Test match in New Zealand since Pakistan's win in 2011. That is a sequence of 21 Tests against Asian teams that New Zealand have not lost at home. There are many more.

Though all the batters must be praised for doing their jobs excellently, it is the pacers who should be credited more for the win since they sealed the highest ever wickets (13) in a match and made host batters’ task of scoring runs difficult with accurate line and length and swings and reverse swings. Despite playing a passive role due to unfavourable conditions in home matches, the seamers have exhibited their skills and capabilities to execute plans properly. Starting the match with the poorest average for a minimum of ten Test wickets, little known Ebadot Hossain has sealed the first six-for by a Bangladesh fast bowler in more than eight years and the best away bowling figure (6-46) in an innings by a tiger pacer.

The most impressive factor is that the Tigers were more focused on the perfect execution of session-by-session plans instead of trying different things to win the test, which has ultimately brought the result for them. We believe this win will work as a tonic and hope that the Tigers will continue the temperament in the second match of the series and the rest of the year.