New Zealand 354 (Nicholls 98, Taylor 77, Latham 68, Shakib 4-50) and 111 for 1 (Latham 41*) beat Bangladesh 289 (Sarkar 86, Shakib 59, Southee 5-94, Boult 4-87) and 173 (Wagner 3-44, Southee 3-48, Boult 3-52) by nine wicketsScorecard and ball-by-ball details
For the second time in successive Test matches, Bangladesh imploded in the second innings after holding their own in a neck-and-neck first innings battle. Once again, their batsmen played a significant role in their own downfall. Having started day on level terms, they conceded a lead of 65, before collapsing spectacularly in their second innings, with the bulk of their batsmen gifting New Zealand their wickets.
Set a target of 109, New Zealand romped to a nine-wicket win in 18.4 overs, with the promotion of Colin de Grandhomme – who struck an unbeaten 33 off 14 balls, with four sixes including two in two balls off Nazmul Hossain Shanto to seal the win – ensuring they completed the job on the fourth day itself, some ten minutes into the half-hour extension.
After a third day lost to rain, the fourth had begun with Henry Nicholls falling two short of a maiden Test hundred and helping New Zealand gain a first-innings lead of 65. It was a useful lead, but only that. Given New Zealand had to bat last, the match was still in the balance when Bangladesh began their second innings towards the tail-end of an extended first session. By tea, however, they were halfway through yet another second-innings meltdown, and were 100 for 5 – effectively 35 for 5 – with only one of their wickets falling to a defensive shot.
Bangladesh lost Tamim Iqbal in the 10 overs they needed to bat out before lunch, the stand-in captain top-edging a hook off Tim Southee. After the break came a period of calm, with Soumya Sarkar stroking the ball fluently and Mahmudullah defending resolutely during a second-wicket stand of 41. With Bangladesh seven runs short of wiping out their deficit, though, Sarkar …