An hour of milestones for the Black Caps in Wellington - 11-Mar

Silvia Morton
March 14, 2019

New Zealand won the second Test match against Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs.

New Zealand, who took the field without injured skipper Kane Williamson, suffered a further injury blow on the final morning when wicketkeeper BJ Watling strained a hamstring during his warm-up and was replaced by the uncapped substitute Peter Bocock.

He did not take the field for Bangladesh's second innings with Tim Southee taking over the captaincy.

After play on the first two days was lost, the covers were removed Sunday to reveal a bright green pitch which offered bounce and seam movement.

The trio of wickets came after Boult made the first indent by dismissing Soumya Sarkar around 40 minutes into the day.

Resuming on 80-3 after the Kiwis reached 432-6 before declaring with a 221-run first-innings lead, Bangladesh had no answer to Neil Wagner (5-45) and Trent Boult (4-52). They then received a lesson in seam bowling technique for Bangladesh's Abu Jayed who hit a flawless length, made the ball duck about and dismissed New Zealand openers Tom Latham for 4 and Jeet Raval for 3.

Despite Mahmudullah's resistance, Wagner ran through the tail to give New Zealand the win.

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He put on 75 for the first wicket with Shadman Islam and was unbeaten on 72 when Bangladesh went to lunch at 127 for three.

After first two days of the Test were washed out, Bangladesh were wrapped up for 211 in their first innings on day three but reduced New Zealand to 8-2, before Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson resisted.

"But he's also aware of it's not quite 100 then we will potentially hold him back and just make sure he is right before he goes on that plane".

Nicholls swept Taijul Islam to the boundary to bring up his fifth century in the second over after tea, but only faced another seven deliveries before Taijul bowled him for 107.

Wagner then dismissed Mohammad Mithun and Liton Das shortly after, reducing Bangladesh to 158/6 and still trailing the Black Caps by 63 runs.

On the morning of the match, New Zealand's largest Sunday newspaper ran a column denouncing his use of bodyline or leg theory as intimidatory and risky.

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