Bangladesh batsmen once again played a significant role in their team’s failure after the Tigers capitulated for 173 in the second innings of the NZvBAN, 2nd Test at Hagley Oval on the way to a nine-wicket loss.
For the second time in two successive matches, Bangladesh batsmen failed to show maturity and composure in the second innings after holding their own in a neck-to-neck first innings battle. Having started the day on level terms, they first conceded a lead of 65, before succumbing to a collapse as they only managed to set a target of 109 for New Zealand, with most of their batters throwing their wicket away when runs were not needed.
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New Zealand cruised to 109 in just 18.4 to earn themselves a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over the visitors and seal the NZvBAN, Test series 2-nil.
Colin de Grandhomme struck an unbeaten 33 off 15 balls, with four sixes including two in two balls off Nazmul Hossain to seal the win.
After a third day lost to rain, Henry Nicolls provided New Zealand with a first innings’ lead of 65 as he fell just two short of a maiden Test hundred. The match was still even as began their second innings in the extended final session. By Tea, however, they had lost five crucial wickets for just 100 runs on the board, with only one wicket falling to a defensive shot.
Things got even worse for Bangladesh as 100-5 had become 115-8 within 7.3 overs of the final session. Then Taskin Ahmad and Kamrul Islam pushed Bangladesh total to a respectful reading as they combined for a partnership of 51 runs before Trent Boult ended it with a yorker.
It was a depressing way to end the tour for Bangladesh after they had shown some promise as they tour ended without a single win to their name.
They lost the warm-up and were comprehensively swept away by the home side in all three formats – the ODIs (3-0), T20s (3-0) and Tests (2-0).
NZvBAN, 2nd Test Result
New Zealand 354 (Nicholls 98, Taylor 77, Latham 68, Shakib 4-50) and 111 for 1 (Latham 41*) beat Bangladesh 289 (Sarkar 86, Shakib 59, Southee 5-94, Boult 4-87) and 173 (Wagner 3-44, Southee 3-48, Boult 3-52) by nine wickets
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