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Liton’s ton not enough for Tigers

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 12 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Liton’s ton not enough for Tigers
Bangladesh batsman Liton Das celebrates his hundred during day three of the second cricket test match against New Zealand in Christchurch on Tuesday. – AFP PHOTO

Liton Das struck a brilliant hundred but Bangladesh conceded an innings and 117-run defeat to New Zealand during the second and last Test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Tuesday.

Liton scored 102 off 114 balls for his second Test ton before Bangladesh were bowled out for 278 runs in their second innings on the third day to suffer a crushing defeat in the hands of the hosts.

Despite the defeat, Bangladesh were able to draw the two-match Test series against New Zealand for the very first time courtesy of their eight-wicket win during the opening Test in Mount Maunganui.

However, the match will always be remembered as New Zealand great Ross Taylor’s farewell Test and the 37-year old couldn’t ask for a better script as he took the wicket of Ebadot Hossain to wrap up Bangladesh’s second innings and also finish his career with a wicket in his last ball.

Bangladesh earlier demonstrated a better batting performance in their second innings than the first one after being forced to play the follow-on by the hosts.

Openers - Shadman Islam and Mohammad Naim frustrated New Zealand bowlers in the first hour of the day before the former was dismissed by Kyle Jamieson on 21.

Najmul Hossain Shanto (29) then put up a 44-run stand with Naim for the second wicket before he became Neil Wegner’s first victim in the second innings.

Tim Southee then removed Naim on 24 while Wegner dismissed Mominul Haque (37) and Yasir Ali (two) in quick succession to reduce the visitors to 128-5.

Liton and Nurul Hasan then added 101 runs for the sixth wicket stand to take Bangladesh score over the 200-run mark before the latter was dismissed by Daryl Mitchell after making 36 runs.

Liton, however, continued his good work with the bat and completed his maiden Test hundred on the foreign soil. He fell prey to Jamieson a few balls after his hundred which ended his valiant knock consisting of 14 fours and a six.

New Zealand skipper Tom Latham then surprisingly brought in Taylor in bowling and he got rid of Ebadot (four) in his third ball to finish Bangladesh innings.

Jamieson finished with the most successful bowler in the second innings with 4-82 while Wegner claimed 3-77.

Bangladesh earlier could make only 126 runs in their first innings after New Zealand declared their first innings on 521-6.

Latham was named player of the match for his brilliant 252-run knock in the first innings while Davon Conway was adjudged player of the series for scoring 244 runs in three innings.

Latham summed up New Zealand’s victory as close to the perfect performance.

‘After losing the toss and getting put in, to get a significant score on the board and then for the bowlers to do their thing on a wicket that was flattening out was outstanding,” he said after the match.