Bangladesh beat New Zealand for the first time in Test cricket with eight-wicket win in Tauranga | Cricket News

Bangladesh beat New Zealand for the first time in test cricket; The Tigers had lost 12 and drew three of their previous 15 tests against the Black Caps; Bangladesh lead 1-0 in the two-game series after winning eight wickets in Tauranga

Last updated: 05/01/22 4:17 am


Mushfiqur Rahim (right) and Mominul Haque (left) hug after Bangladesh clinched their first test victory over New Zealand

Bangladesh beat New Zealand for the first time in a test match, completing a stunning eight wicket win over reigning world champions Tauranga.

Bangladeshi stapler Ebadot Hossain scored his career best of 6-46 as the tourists dismissed the Black Caps for 169 at the start of day five of the first test before eliminating the required 40 runs in 16.5 overs.

The victory was Bangladesh’s first in tests – as well as against Zimbabwe – since 2018; their first win against New Zealand in the format in 16 attempts; and only the sixth triumph in 61 test matches abroad.

New Zealand’s 17-game unbeaten streak at home has been halted and the Black Caps must now win their second game in Christchurch from Saturday to draw the two-game streak.

Bangladesh had lost 12 and drew three of their previous 15 tests against New Zealand.

Bangladeshi stapler Taskin Ahmed said, “That’s amazing! It was a great result for us. We gave 110%. It’s fantastic.”

New Zealand had recovered to 147-5 with a slight lead of 17, but lost their last five wickets by just 22 points, with Ebadot representing Ross Taylor (40) and Kyle Jamieson (0).

Shadman Islam (3) and Najmul Hossain Shant (17) fell to Tim Southee and Jamieson respectively in the pursuit in Bangladesh before Mushfiqur Rahim (5no) hit the winning tracks in the company of captain Mominul Haque (13no).

Mominul said: “I can’t describe it, it’s unbelievable. I couldn’t sleep yesterday due to the pressure.

“It was very important to win this test match. Earlier I said we have to win these test matches for our legacy.”

New Zealand – who were crowned inaugural test world champion last year when they beat India at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton – are without regular skipper Kane Williamson for the series due to an elbow injury.

Substitute skipper Tom Latham said: “We weren’t quite present in all three facets. Bangladesh showed us how to deal with that wicket. They fully deserved the win.”

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