Also that was that. Total 112 Tests, 7684 runs, 19 centuries. Ross Taylor closed down from Test cricket with a wicket – just his third in Test cricket – off his last ball as New Zealand pounded Bangladesh by an innings and 117 races to even out the series 1-1 and register their first win of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.
Eventually, it was consistently on the cards – right from the very first moment when New Zealand scored 349 for 1. Bangladesh would never truly get up to speed or retaliate however there were little reassuring pockets – four wickets in the initial meeting on day two, Nurul Hasan 50 years and Liton Das’ 102 off 114 today to keep the fire glinting in any event, when the hosts were on top.
Toward the beginning of the day, Bangladesh realized New Zealand will request that they follow on once they collapsed for 126 in their first innings. There was versatility on show as the guests’ openers gave the side a consistent beginning. In the wake of batting out 13.5 overs, Shadman Islam was quick to fall, choked down the leg side by Kyle Jamieson. The pacer might have had Najmul Hossain Shanto too however the open door was grassed at slips.
Shanto, as he filled in certainty, took on Neil Wagner and struck the pacer for a six and a four in the 23rd over and afterward followed it up with continuous limits in the 25th. Wagner, nonetheless, had the option to get through with under five minutes left in the meeting. Shanto fell into the snare and pulled a short ball directly to Boult at long leg to end a promising thump. Mominul Haque might have been abandoned the primary conveyance he looked as he pursued a non-existent hurry to stay away from a couple however the hosts botched a potential chance to pack the third wicket in the meeting.
In the subsequent meeting, the focus on Bangladesh was straightforward – expand the game however much they could. At 74 for 2, Mominul Haque and Mohammad Naim took the side beyond 100 preceding Tim Southee nipped out the last option. Naim went for a drive to a conveyance wide outside off and Latham pulled off a shocker at second slip plunging to one side to end Nami’s 98-ball stay. From that point on, Wagner took control and shut the entryway on the guests.
The pacer adhered to his solidarity of bowling the short ball yet misled Mominul with an entire one which the Bangladesh skipper ought to have obviously left alone. Haque, looking for runs, pursued the ball and was gotten by Taylor at first slip. Yasir Ali succumbed to only two as Bangladesh were left reeling at 128 for 5 in the 47th over.
The last meeting saw Liton overwhelm and score openly even as players around him couldn’t exactly stay nearby. After intently passing up a century in the past game, Das finished a 100 – presently his eighth 50+ score in his last nine Tests. Nurul Hasan made 36 and scored 101 for the fifth wicket to disappoint the hosts for a time of 105 conveyances. Jamieson packed away four while Wagner got three as New Zealand guaranteed that the misfortune in Mount Maunganui was only a deviation.
Brief scores : New Zealand 521/6 dec (Tom Latham 252, Devon Conway 109; Shoriful Islam 2-79) beat Bangladesh 126 (Trent Boult 5-43) & 278 (Liton Das 102; Kyle Jamieson 4-82) by an innings and 117 runs.