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BANGLADESH UPSET NEW ZEALAND BLACK CAPS AT BAY OVAL
Bangladesh dominated four of the five days of the test match against the New Zealand Black Caps, at the Bay Oval 1-5 January 2022, to claim a historic eight wicket win.
The match was the first time that Bangladesh had beaten New Zealand, at home, in any forms of the game and the first time that they had beaten a ICC top-five team in test cricket. The visitors win ended a 17 test winning streak at home for the New Zealand representatives.
Two further names will also be added to the Bay Oval Honours Board, after a Black Caps century and the first international six wicket haul from a Bangladesh bowler in the five day test encounter.
Day one belonged to New Zealand who lost the toss and were asked to bat. Stumps on the opening day, saw New Zealand in a relatively strong position at 258 for the loss of five wickets. Devon Conway belted the fifth test century at the Mount Maunganui ground when he was dismissed for 122.
Bangladesh took less than a session to remove their opponents on day two, with five Black Cap batsmen adding just 70 runs, as New Zealand were dismissed for 328. The visitors reply saw them reach 175/2 at the end of play on the second day..
Day three resulted in a long day in the field for the home side, with temperatures climbing to 30 degrees, as the Bangladesh batsmen reached 401/6 at stumps.
Session one on the penultimate day, resulted in Trent Boult and Tim Southee breaking through to get rid of the last four Bangladesh batters, as they posted a 130 run advantage. Mominul Haque and Liton Das both reached the eighties, with two other Bangladesh batsmen getting a half-century to their name. The Black caps were in deep trouble at 147 for the loss of five wickets at the end of day four.
Ebadat Hossain wrote his name into Bay Oval history, as he took the first international six wicket bag at the round, seizing six wickets at a cost of 46 runs. Hossain will be well remembered for his coming to attention salute to celebrate his wickets.
The match record book will show that New Zealand were bundled out for 169 in their second turn at bat, leaving Bangladesh just 40 runs to grab a historic upset victory.
The general consensus from the cricket wise-heads at the ground, was that the Bangladesh bowlers pitched up the ball fuller and straighter than their opponents, with devastating effect,
A wounded Black Caps will have little time to reflect on what went wrong, as they prepare for the final round of battle against the visitors, starting at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday 9th January 2022.
Bay Oval Test Match Number Three - New Zealand v Bangladesh 1-5 January 2022
Black Caps 328 (DP Conway 122, HM Nichols 75, WA Young 52; Shoriful Islam 3/69, Mehedi Hasan 3/86) & 169 (WA Young 69, LRPL Taylor 40; Ebadat Hossain 6/46)
Bangladesh 458 (Mominul Haque 88, Liton Das 86; TA Boult 4/85, N Wagner 3/101) & 42.
Result: Bangladesh won by eight wickets.
Bay Oval Test Centuries
205 BJ Watling (New Zealand v England) 2019/20
129 KS Williamson (New Zealand v Pakistan) 2020/21
126 MJ Santner (New Zealand v England) 2019/20
122 DP Conway (New Zealand v Bangladesh) 2021/22
102 F Alam (Pakistan v New Zealand) 2020/21
Five Wickets (or better)
6/46. Ebadat Hossain (Bangladesh v New Zealand) 2921/22
5/44 N Wagner (New Zealand v England) 2019/20