Un­wanted record for Bangladesh...

The Cricket Paper - - FEATURE & INTERNATIONAL CRICKET - By Matt Bishop

BANGLADESH claimed an un­wanted record by record­ing 595 in their first in­nings, but still los­ing to New Zealand in the first Test.

De­spite the vis­i­tors scor­ing im­pres­sively in their first in­nings, they were dis­missed eas­ily in their sec­ond and New Zealand, who scored 539 in their first in­nings, chased down 217 to win.

The re­sult meant Bangladesh broke a 123-year record for the largest score set by a los­ing side in a Test.

The tourists were bowled out for 160 in the sec­ond in­nings after cap­tain Mush­fiqur Rahim re­tired hurt after be­ing struck on the head by a Tim Southee bouncer.

Rahim proved a big miss for Bangladesh and de­spite the Black Caps los­ing open­ers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval, they re­cov­ered well thanks to some su­perb bowl­ing and the bat­ting prow­ess of Kane Wil­liamson and Ross Tay­lor.

In the first in­nings, New Zealand strug­gled to deal with Shakib Al Hasan and Rahim, but on the fourth day, the bowl­ing quar­tet of Trent Boult, Southee, Neil Wag­ner and Mitchell Sant­ner broke Bangladesh’s back.

It was then down to cap­tain Wil­liamson, with an un­beaten cen­tury, and Tay­lor, who scored 60, to lead the Black Caps to a seven-wicket vic­tory with a third wicket stand of 163.

Wil­liamson said:“The way our bowlers came back after a re­ally tough first in­nings and bowled with en­ergy and put the ball in the right area was a great ef­fort, which set the game up for us.

“Com­ing into the last two ses­sions, ei­ther team could have won it.We needed to knuckle down, get a part­ner­ship to­gether and get a bit of mo­men­tum.

“When you are 2 for 30-odd, 200 can be quite long way away in the last in­nings. It was nice to be able to get that mo­men­tum.”

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