New Zealand have secured a record-shattering victory over Bangladesh in the final session of the final day at Basin Reserve, cruising to a win by 7 wickets and condemning tourist to a record turnaround defeat.
Kane Williamson (104 not out) hit the winning runs with 17 overs to register his 15th Test ton and guide his side to a victory that seemed unlikely for the most part of the Test match.
Williamson once again stamped his authority as a fourth innings master, scoring a quick-fire century in just 89 balls and stormed his way into record books – his century is the fourth-fastest in the final innings of all Tests ever played.
Bangladesh also now holds a record of scoring the highest ever first innings total (595-8) and still losing the match. Previously, Australia had lost by 10 runs in 1894 after scoring 586 in the first innings – a record for 122 years.
After nearly 50 overs lost to rain and both sides scoring runs in the excess of 500 in their first innings, the match – even half way through day four – seemed to end in a draw.
Skipper along with Ross Taylor (60) had put on 163-run stand for the third wicket to dismiss any doubts clouding the result.
Overnight on 66 for 3, Bangladesh’s dismal day began with the wicket of Shakib-al-Hasan – the man who had set up the possibility of Bangladesh’s first win overseas with his highest ever run of 217 – fell just minutes into the start of play when he attempted an awful heave; he handed a simple catch to mid-on off Mitchell Santner. Mominal-ul-Haq failed to come forward to a fuller delivery from Neil Wagner, reducing Bangladesh to 96 for 6.
The maniac day got worse for visitors when Mushfiqur Rahim was stretchered off the field in an ambulance after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer from Tim Southee. The fact that he was batting with an injured hand shows how desperate was the plight of visitors.
Shabbir Rehman stuck around for Bangladesh – spend 50 minutes without scoring – and batted sensibly until lunch. However, he failed to continue his show persistenTce post lunch when he attempted an on-the-up square drive when runs were not needed.
Once the gate was open, Trent Boult cleaned up the tail as Bangladesh lost their last four wickets for just 23 runs and setting up a target of 217 in 57 overs.
After Mehdi Hasan dismissed Jeet Raval and Tom Latham before tea, Bangladesh’s inexperienced bowling attack failed to show the composure and discipline thereafter as Williamson and Taylor smashed them to all parts. In a 10-over period after lunch, they leaked 77 runs.
New Zealand’s overall run rate of 5.47 was the third highest in the fourth innings as they ensured victory for fans who packed the Basin Reserve to watch their team go past the finish line.
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