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Tigers conquer NZ fortress

Beat Black Caps in first Test for maiden win on NZ soil

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 6 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigers conquer NZ fortress
Bangladesh cricketers and officials celebrate their first Test victory against New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday. – COLLECTED PHOTO

Bangladesh beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the first Test of the two-match series at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday to register their maiden win on the New Zealand soil.

This was also Tigers’ first victory in Test cricket over the Black Caps.

Needing only 40 runs to complete a famous victory on the final day, Bangladesh raced to 42-2 to end their 32-match losing streak against New Zealand at their own territory and go 1-0 up in the Test series.

Ebadot Hossain earlier claimed two more wickets on the final day to finish with a career-best bowling figure of 6-46 while Taskin Ahmed finished with 3-36 to help the visitors bowl out New Zealand for 169 runs in their second innings.

It was Bangladesh’s only sixth win in 61 away Tests while it was also New Zealand’s first loss after 17 home Tests over the past four years.

It was a ‘David and Goliath’ result with Bangladesh ranked ninth in the ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings while world Test champions New Zealand are second.

New Zealand, who resumed on 147-5, witnessed a big collapse in the first hour of the final day’s play as they lost Ross Taylor for 40 in the second over of the day.

Ebadot uprooted the stumps of Taylor to complete his maiden five-wicket haul in Test cricket and thus he became the first Bangladeshi pacer to claim a five-for in nine years.

Ebadot then removed Kyle Jamieson for zero in his next over while Taskin dismissed overnight unbeaten batsman Rachin Ravindra (16) and Tim Southee (0) in a short span.

Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz then dismissed Trent Boult (8) to wrap up the New Zealand innings in the first hour of the final day’s first session with the hosts adding only 22 runs to their overnight total.

Bangladesh lost Shadman Islam (3) in the second over of their chase after he was caught behind by Southee while Jamieson removed Najmul Hossain Shanto (17) when Bangladesh were just six short of their target.

Skipper Mominul Haque remained not out on 13 while Mushfiqur Rahim (5 not out) hit the winning boundary off Jamieson to complete the dominating victory within the first session of the final day.

Ebadot was named man of the match for his outstanding bowling performance in the second innings which included a fiery spell where he took three wickets in eight balls on the penultimate day.

Bangladesh earlier scored 458 runs in the first innings replying to New Zealand’s 328 and took a massive 130-run lead.

The series-concluding second Test will get underway on January 9 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch.