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Bangladesh seal historic surprise to end New Zealand’s unbeaten home Test run

Mushfiqur Rahim of Bangladesh celebrates with the wickets after winning the test match on day five of the First Test Match in the series between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Bay Oval on January 05, 2022, in Tauranga, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Bangladesh have finished New Zealand’s 17-match unbeaten run on home soil with a dazzling eight-wicket triumph at Mount Maunganui. The world Test champions were bundled for 169 in their 2nd innings, with Bangladesh knocking off the 40 runs needed for triumph for the deficiency of two wickets as the visitors beat New Zealand in a Test match interestingly.

The hosts had started day five on 147-5, a thin lead of 17 runs, and were rapidly on the back foot as seamer Ebadot Hossain clean-bowled Ross Taylor for 40, then, at that point, eliminated Kyle Jamieson for a duck in his initial two overs. Taskin Ahmed contributed with the wicket of all-rounder Rachin Ravindra for 16.

The Black Caps were shaking on 160-8 and Bangladesh polished them off, Taskin removing Tim Southee’s middle stump before Trent Boult was gone for eight as he holed out in the deep. There was a concise early wobble for the visitors when Shadman Islam was caught behind for three off Southee’s bowling.

Najmul Hossain Shanto and the skipper, Mominul Haque, steadied the boat and when Najmul was caught astutely by Taylor for 17, the finish line was in sight. Mominul, who scored 13 not out, and the accomplished Mushfiqur Rahim (unbeaten on five) guided Bangladesh to their historic victory.

Ebadot wrapped up with second-innings figures of 6-46, with his initial wickets key to compelling an outcome. The previous volleyball player, who is as yet utilized by the Bangladesh Air Force, was named player of the match. “It’s a long excursion, volleyball to cricket … I’m appreciating cricket now,” he said after the game.

In the first innings, New Zealand had posted an amazing 328, Devon Conway top-scoring with 122, yet they tracked down themselves 130 runs behind at midway. Bangladesh made 458 accordingly, with four players – Mominul (88), Liton Das (86), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (78), and Najmul (64) reaching their fifties.

Bangladesh’s first win in any format of the game in New Zealand gives them a 1-0 lead in the two-match series, with the second Test beginning in Christchurch on Sunday. The hosts will be anxious to bob back from their first home Test rout since South Africa succeeded at Wellington in March 2017.

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