NZ vs BAN 1st test: Bangladesh beat New Zealand to seal historic win –Bangladesh 458 (Mominul 88, Litton 86, Boult 4-85) and 40 for 2 (Shanto 17, Mominul 13*) defeated New Zealand 328 (Conway 122, Nicholls 75, Shoriful 3-69, Mehidy 3-86) and 169 (Young 69, Taylor 40, Ebadot 6-46, Taskin 3-36) by eight wickets to seal a historic win.
Bangladesh has won their best-ever Test match, defeating reigning World Test champions New Zealand at the Bay Oval, ending the hosts’ 17-match unbeaten home streak.
Ebadot Hossain was named Player of the Match after taking 6/46 in the second innings to help the tourists chase down a target of 40.
🔹 First win v New Zealand in New Zealand (in all formats)
🔹 First Test win v New Zealand
🔹 First away Test win against a team in the top five of the ICC Rankings
🔹 12 crucial #WTC23 points!
— CricTelegraph (@CricTelegraph) January 5, 2022
Ebadot, who came into the match with a bowling average of 81.54 from 10 Tests, unleashed his full potential in a two-day rampage, finishing with seven wickets for the match. Early in the day, Taskin Ahmed teamed up with Ebadot to bundle the hosts out for just 169 runs, finishing with 3/36.
With Ross Taylor (40), playing his final Test at the age of 40, New Zealand’s hitters had no response for Bangladesh’s deft reverse swing.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) January 5, 2022
As Ebadot tore through Taylor’s defences to send New Zealand to 154/6, the hosts crumbled and were bowled out for just 169 runs. Rachin Ravindra (16) was dismissed for a duck after being surrounded by four players. Shoriful Islam and sub-fielder Taijul Islam took amazing catches to all but seal Bangladesh’s victory – their first away Test win over a top-five ranked team and only their sixth success abroad in 61 attempts.
Despite Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, and Mahmudullah, Bangladesh cruised to victory in 16.5 overs, securing a historic victory.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 5, 2022
Bangladesh had not won any of their 43 prior matches in New Zealand, in all three forms, and the result also ended the Kiwis’ eight-series home win streak, which had lasted since 2017.