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NZ crush hapless Bangladesh in second Test

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly

It was a while coming but Kane Williamson is pleased New Zealand finally fired on a day of Test cricket against Bangladesh.

It took until day four of the second Test for the Black Caps to flex their muscles properly and crush the under-strength visitors by nine wickets, ending what had been a tight encounter at Hagley Oval.

The tourists dropped countless catches and meekly crumbled in the face of a sustained Black Caps pace barrage to lose the series 2-0 following a seven-wicket defeat in Wellington.

Williamson says praise should be directed at his pace bowlers in particular after they emerged from mixed performances across both Tests.

New Zealand held a 65-run first-innings buffer before Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner claimed three wickets each to dismiss Bangladesh for 173.

It left a target of 109, which was knocked off inside 19 overs for the loss of Jeet Raval (33).

"This was the best day of Test cricket for our team throughout the series," Williamson said.

"Our bowlers had shown glimpses but today, when it probably wasn't offering as much, they were outstanding.

"It's a tone we want to set throughout the summer. South Africa come here now and it's important we're good like that again and put them under pressure."

The Tigers' first-ever win over New Zealand was a possibility when play resumed on Monday after losing day three to rain.

However, the home side dominated their toothless opponents from the outset, banking a fourth-straight win in unexpectedly easy fashion.

The last rites were delivered by opener Tom Latham (41 not out), completing a polished match double, and Colin de Grandhomme (33 not out) who was promoted in search of quick runs.

A series of reckless dismissals undid the tourists, who were missing injured run-scoring trio Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim.

Man of the match Tim Southee (3-48) started the rot to add his five-wicket bag in the first innings. He claimed the cheap scalps of key pair Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan before Bangladesh had wiped out the deficit.

Neil Wagner (3-44) employed hostility and Trent Boult (3-52) used reverse swing to snare a procession of victims from there.

Swing specialist Southee became the fifth New Zealander to claim 200 Test wickets and the second-fastest to do so after Sir Richard Hadlee.

Bangladesh were equally profligate in the field as New Zealand - resuming at 260-7 - sped to 354 off a further 21.4 overs.

Two regulation chances behind the wicket were botched, with the tourists dropping seven catches across the match.

Henry Nicholls advanced from 56 to a career-best 98, falling agonisingly short of three figures when bowled by spinner Mehedi Hasan.

A clearly nervous Nicholls advanced down the track only to get an inside edge to a full delivery, dragging it onto his stumps.

Victory lifts New Zealand to fifth in the world rankings, leapfrogging Pakistan, who they also beat 2-0 in November.

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