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New Zealand secure Bangladesh win

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New Zealand completed a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh in Christchurch to take the Test series 2-0. 

After the third day had been washed out at the Hagley Oval, the hosts resumed on 260 for seven in their first innings - still 29 in arrears and by no means guaranteed a halfway lead.

Henry Nicholls fell two short of his first Test century before the Black Caps' seam attack hustled Bangladesh out for 173.

Colin de Grandhomme then smashed Nazmul Hossain Shanto over long-on in the last over of the day to complete the hosts' chase of 109 for the loss of only one wicket.

Earlier Nicholls and Tim Southee took the Black Caps to within three runs of parity before the latter became Shakib Al Hasan's fourth victim, chipping to short extra cover on 17.

Neil Wagner joined Nicholls for a 57-run ninth-wicket stand and the 25-year-old Nicholls reached 98 before he was bowled trying to charge Mehedi Hasan Miraz.

Number 11 Trent Boult hit Mehedi for six over long-on before Wagner was run out for 26 after failing to ground his bat.

That left New Zealand all out for 354 and their 65-run first-innings advantage soon began to look telling as the Tigers folded.

Tamim Iqbal was caught in the deep attempting to hook Southee for eight and, although Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah shared a second-wicket stand of 41, Bangladesh lost their next seven wickets for only 57 runs.

Sarkar flashed De Grandhomme to gully for 36, Shakib became Southee's 200th Test victim as he picked out backward point on eight and Mahmudullah was bowled by Wagner for 38.

Left-armer Wagner had Sabbir Rahman and Nurul Hasan caught behind without scoring in the same over and Boult yorked Nazmul for 12.

Mehedi gloved Boult to short-leg and, after an innings-best partnership of 51 for the ninth wicket, Boult cleaned up Taskin Ahmed for 33 and Southee removed Rubel Hossain in the next over. Kamrul Islam Rabbi finished unbeaten on 25.

Set 109 to win and with 19 overs remaining in the day, openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval knocked off more than half the required total before the latter chopped on to Kamrul for 33.

De Grandhomme was promoted to number three as the hosts looked to finish the game before stumps and hit Shakib for two sixes, and back-to-back maximums off Shanto in the last over of the day completed the victory.

Latham finished unbeaten on 41 while De Grandhomme's 33 came from only 15 deliveries.

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