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Injuries, NZ fightback floor Bangladesh

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/01/2017 Dave Williams

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson credits getting close to Bangladesh's first inning score and maybe their bad luck with injuries for an unprecedented turnaround defeat for the tourists.

Bangladesh lost the first Test in Wellington by seven wickets, shading a 122-year-old record after scoring a mammoth 595-8 declared in their first innings.

New Zealand clawed back with 539 and then rolled the injury-hit Bangladeshis for 160 on the final day to set up a successful 217-run chase.

Williamson scored his 15th Test ton and hit the winning runs with 17 overs to spare at the Basin Reserve on Monday.

After both sides scored 500-plus in their first innings, the match, even half way through day four, seemed doomed to end in a draw.

Williamson believed the turning point was when his side got within 60 runs of Bangladesh, driven by man-of-the-match Tom Latham's 177.

"From then on it became a second innings match," he said.

"When go into the last innings of a Test anything can happen.

"The way our bowlers came back after really tough first innings and bowl with energy and put ball in right area was great effort, which set the game up for us."

He admitted the injury to Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, taken to hospital for a check-up after being felled by a short ball which hit the back of his helmet, didn't help their cause.

Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal says they were unlucky with injuries - Imrul Kayes' second innings was also interrupted by a thigh injury - but they could have batted better.

"We always believed this test match is not over yet and there will be one session or period of 20-25 overs for both the teams where whoever does well in that small session we might win the Test match.

"And that's what New Zealand did better than us and that's why they are in winning position today."

Bangladesh have now lost six out of six Tests here and must pick themselves up for the second rubber, starting in Christchurch on Friday.

They also now hold the unenviable record for the highest first innings total scored by a losing side.

The previous record was held by Australia, who scored 586 against England in Sydney in December, 1894, but still lost by 10 runs.


*Bangladesh's 595-8 (dec) is the highest first innings score for a losing side

*Shakib Al Hasan's 217 in the first innings was the highest individual score for Bangladesh

*His partnership of 359 with Mushfiqur Rahim for the fifth wicket was Bangladesh's highest in Tests

*It was also the highest fifth wicket partnership on New Zealand soil

*The 595-8 (dec) was Bangladesh's highest score against New Zealand

*The aggregate of 1511 runs is a Test record for the Basin Reserve

*Tom Latham's 177 was the second highest score by an opener at the Basin

*It was the first time since 2008 that New Zealand had successfully chased a target of more than 200.

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