Bangladesh were bowled out for 209 runs in their second innings as New Zealand clinched the Test series 2-0 with a victory by an innings and 12 runs in the second Test at Wellington. Neil Wagner was the hero with the ball, bagging five wickets as his short-ball barrage dismantled the visitors who started today on an overnight score of 80 for three.
Mahmudullah Riyad's 67-run knock was the high point for the Tigers as the other batsmen fared like dear caught in headlights, unable to contend with Neil Wagner's short-ball barrage. Trent Boult bowled fantastically yesterday and picked up two more wickets to finish with four-fer. New Zealand once again completely outclass the Tigers. In post-match ceremony, Mahmudllah regretted dropping Taylor on 20. "Very disappointing. We could have done lot better. We are much better than that. Going forward, we need to adept as soon as we can. I dropped [Taylor's] catch and then another was dropped in the slips. Had we taken those, story might have been different," the Bangladesh skipper said.
55.6 - Ban 209 all out; Jayed 0* (3), Ebadot 0 (2): Wagner bags his fifth wicket, castling Ebadot with a full-length delivery to clinch the series for New Zealand. Ebadat Hossain b Wagner 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
55.4 - Ban 209/9; Mahmudullah 67 (69), Jayed 0* (3): Riyad goes after the short one from Wagner and the bowler finally gets his man as a top-edge flies to fine leg. A gutsy knock comes to an end. Mahmudullah c Boult b Wagner 67 (69b 12x4 1x6) SR: 97.10
54.3 - Ban 203/8: Mahmudullah 61* (65), Mustafizur 16 (22): Boult castles Fizz with a fuller length delivery. Mustafizur Rahman b Boult 16 (22b 0x4 2x6) SR: 72.72. Bangladesh still trail by 18 runs.
52.5 - Ban 202/7 Mahmudullah 61* (64), Mustafizur 13* (15): Riyad goes back in his crease and punches it through point for four to bring up Bangladesh's 200.
49.2 - Ban 187/7, Mahmudullah 52* (49), Mustafizur 8 (7): Mahmudullah swats away an Wagner short ball to long on for four to bring up his 16th Test fifty. It has been a terrific and gutsy knock from the Bangladesh skipper as he was the most convincing among the Tigers batsmen against Wagner's short-ball barrage. Tigers still trail by 34 runs in their second innings.
47.4 - Ban 170/7; Mahmudullah 44* (46), Taijul 0 (6): Taijul goes for a duck. Another short one from Wagner and Taijul tries to fend it away from his body and Latham takes a comfortable catch at silly point. Taijul Islam c Latham b Wagner 0 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
45.4 - Ban 158/6; Mahmudullah 32* (40), Liton 1 (7): Another short delivery from Wagner and it's another wicket. Liton pulls him behind deep square but Wagner had already directed Boult to be in that area where the shot could go. Well set up. Short stuff keep working for the Kiwis. Liton Das c Boult b Wagner 1 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28
43.2 - Ban 152/5; Mahmudullah 27* (33), Mithun 47 (105): Wicket! The short stuff works for Wagner. Rattled Mithun with a few and tempted him into another pull. Leg-slip in place and Southee takes the catch. Mohammad Mithun c Southee b Wagner 47 (105b 7x4 0x6) SR: 44.76
41.6 - Ban 150; Mahmudullah 25* (27), Mithun 47* (103): Mithun pulls Wagner behind square for four to bring up the 150 for Bangladesh.
39.6 - Ban 133/4; Mahmdullah 13* (21), Mithun 43* (97): It's drinks on day five. Bangladesh have managed to bring the deficit under hundred.
37.6 - Ban 124/4; Mahmudullah 8* (14), Mithun 39 (88): Mahmudllah Riyad is worried about the short stuff and Neil Wagner who came in for his first over of the day tested the Bangladesh skipper. Two boundaries in that over as Riyad got off the mark but Wagner was able to make him chase one and the ball just fizzed past the attempted pull shot.
32.1 - Ban 112/4; Soumya 28 (57), Mithun 36* (71): Out! Soumya hangs his bat to a length delivery without any seam movement. Opens the face of the bat much in the way one would to provide slip-catching practice. Boult makes the first breakthrough of the day. Soumya Sarkar c Taylor b Boult 28 (77m 57b 5x4 0x6) SR: 49.12
29.6 - Ban 105/3; Soumya 28* (54), Mithun 29 *(61): Dropped! Length delivery and Soumya plays it straight back to Southee who fails to keep hold of it.
29.5 - Ban 105/3; Soumya 28* (53), Mithun 29* (61): Slices it through back-ward point for four to bring up the fifty partnership.
29.3 - Ban 101/3; Soumya 24* (52), Mithun 29* (61): Soumya plays one off Southee towards backward point to run to and that brings up the 100 for Bangladesh.
28.3 - Ban 98/3; Soumya 18* (41), Mithun 28* (59): Mithun punches it through cover and the batsman decide to run three. They were too leisurely in their approach. Grandhomme chases and throws it. A better collection from stand-in wicket-keeper Bocock would have seen Soumya caught out of his crease. He could have been gone.
24.6 - Ban 91/3; Soumya 18* (41), Mithun 25* (50): Bangladesh are 91 for three after the first two overs of the day. 12th man Peter Bocock is undertaking wicket-keeping duties for New Zealand after BJ Watling strained a hamstring during warmup.
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