NZ two-good for Bangladesh
New Zealand wrap up their two-Test series against Bangladesh when they bowl the visitors out for 113 on the third day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve.cricket Updated: Jan 15, 2008 03:08 IST
New Zealand wrapped up their two-Test series against Bangladesh when they bowled the visitors out for 113 just before lunch on the third day of the second Test at the Basin Reserve on Monday.
New Zealand won the match by an innings and 137 runs. They had won the first Test in Dunedin by nine wickets. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said he could not fault his team for how quickly they won but said they would have preferred a tougher workout before the upcoming home series against England.
“I suppose it’s always a concern of ours that we might not play enough first class or Test cricket,” he said after the match. “But we do get a chance to come up against England in the one-dayers and Twenty20, so we get a real good feel for what we’re up against.”
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was dropped by Matthew Bell in the slips early in the day, top-scored for the visitors with a defiant unbeaten 41. Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal did not bat after he broke his thumb while fielding on Sunday.
Resuming on 51 for five and with little hope of saving the Test, Bangladesh lost Habibul Bashar in the first over of the day when he only made a half stride forward and was trapped in front by Chris Martin for 25.
Shahadat Hossain was the next to fall when he poked his bat at a swinging delivery from Iain O’Brien before Sajidul Islam was run out for three after a mix-up with Shakib. He and Mushrafe Mortaza then combined for the most productive partnership of the Bangladesh innings by adding 30 runs for the ninth wicket before Mortaza fell, caught by Kyle Mills off Jacob Oram for six.
All four of New Zealand’s front line pace bowlers took two wickets each with Chris Martin, who took five in the first innings, named man of the match. Bangladesh’s Australian coach Jamie Siddons, however, remains confident they can bridge the gap.