Bangladesh celebrate during their stunning victory over the Black Caps. Photo: Getty. 22010401
Day 5: New Zealand 1st Innings 328 all out (Conway 122, Young 52, Nicholls 75, Shoriful 3/69, Mehidy 3/86,) vs Bangladesh 1st Innings 458 all out (Joy 70*, Shanto 64, Mominul 88, Das 86, Mehidy 47, Boult 4/85, Wagner 3/101) New Zealand 2nd innings 169 all out (Young 69, Taylor 40, Ebadot 6/46, Taskin 3/36) Bangladesh 2nd innings 40/2 (Shanto 17, Mominul 13*). Report by Rahul Patil from the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui – NZ.
Bangladesh were on the cusp of making history at the start of day five and it didn’t take them long to start making giant strides towards doing so.
If the Blackcaps had any chances of saving this test they needed Ross Taylor to play a long innings. But thunderbolt Ebadot Hossain had other plans. In the second over of the days play he got one to come back of a length and went straight through Taylor’s defense picking up his first five wicket haul in international cricket. Taylor was dismissed for 40 and with his departure New Zealand’s hopes sunk a bit further. New Zealand 156/6.
Hossain then picked up his sixth when Kyle Jamieson tried to flick one of his pads but couldn’t keep it down. Shoriful Islam at midwicket took a stunning catch, Jamieson scored a blob and Bangladesh were now a step closer. New Zealand 160/7.
Then Taskin Ahmed got into the act picking up two quick wickets himself. First he lured all-rounder Rachin Ravindra into driving one on the up only to edge it to the wicket keeper and then Tim Southee missed a fast full toss from Ahmed which cannoned into the base of his stumps. New Zealand 161/9.
There was a brief period of resistance from the last pair of Neil Wagner and Trent Boult but it didn’t last long as Boult tried to hoick spinner Mehidy Hasan over deep midwicket once again to be brilliantly caught by the substitute Taijul Islam. The Blackcaps managed only 169 in their second innings and Bangladesh required only 40 runs to create history.
Chasing small totals can sometimes be really tricky and the early wicket of Shadman Islam for 3 just got the Kiwi fans thinking ‘maybe…. just maybe!'.
But those hopes were quickly dashed by Najmul Shanto and Mominul Haque who started chasing down the target with some streaky and some crisp shots through the off side. Even though Shanto was dismissed, Bangladesh were only one shot away from victory.
It was only fitting that Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim who over the years have been part of many heart breaking losses for Bangladesh were at the crease to hit the winning runs.
The moment came in the 17th over of the innings and both Bangladesh and Kiwi fans applauded the historic moment for a long time.
For his match figures of 7 for 121 Ebadot Hossain was fittingly named player of the match.
After winning this test match, Bangladesh have taken the lead in the two match series. The second test starts in Christchurch on Sunday (Saturday, Cook Islands time) and I look forward to bringing you all the action from there.