WTC 2021-23: Bangladesh crush New Zealand to score historic Test win
Own representative, Hamilton, January 5: Bangladesh secured a crushing eight-wicket victory over world test champions New Zealand at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday. For the first time, Bangladesh cricket team has beaten the Kiwis in any format, that too in the home ground of New Zealand.
The second test match of the two-match series will start from January 9 in Cristchurch and Bangladesh now has a chance to win the series.
Bangladesh have been visiting New Zealand since 2001, and before this test match, Tigers had played 32 matches against the Blackcaps in all formats, including 12 test matches. The historic victory has come after 21 years.
Bangladesh cruched the memorable win after playing a 'team game' in the match, even without the presence of the country's top all-rounder Sakib Al Hasan in the squad.
On the fifth day of the Bay Oval test, New Zealand were bowled out for all of 169 runs in the second innings. Bangladesh bowlers Ebadat Hossain, Taskin Ahmed and Mehedi Hasan Miraj took 6, 3 and one wickets respectively.
Chasing a comfortable target of just 40 runs, Bangladesh batsmen scored 42 after losing two wickets in just 16.5 overs and sealed the historic win.
In the first innings in the match, New Zealand scored 328 runs and Bangladesh made 458 runs in the scoreboard, securing a 130-run lead.
After the historic win, Bangladesh have jumped to the fifth position in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23's rankings with 12 points. They are just behind India in the points table.