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Recent Match Report – New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2nd Test 2021/22


Bangladesh finished the second day 126 all-round, behind a mammoth of 395 races

Bangladesh Trail 126 (Yasir 55, Nurul 41, Boult 5-43, Southee 3-28) New Zealand 521 for 6 Dec (Latham 252, Conway 109, Blundell 57 *, Shoriful 2-79) by 395 races

New Zealand did what they do best after scoring a big home score: dismantle the opposition batting team. Bangladesh were turning 27 for 5 shortly after tea, and finished the second day with 126 points, behind by a whopping 395 points. Trent Boult reached 300 test wickets with his fourth of innings, the clean bowling Mehidy Hasan Miraz. He joins Sir Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Tim Southee as the fourth New Zealander to reach the landmark. He’s also the fifth left-arm quick pitcher to take 300 wickets.
The day had two more milestones for New Zealand when their captain Tom Latham netted the highest score by a Kiwi captain in the opener. He clocked 252 to cross Graham Dowling’s 239 against India in 1968. Latham’s innings guided New Zealand to 521 for 6, with positions of 148 and 215 for the first and second wickets. One of them was with Devon Conway who made his third century in just his fifth test.

All of those big runs formed the perfect platform for Boult and Southee who tossed the ball on command. Boult got his ninth booty from five wickets, while Southee and Kyle Jamieson shared five.

In the hour before the tea break, the first order from Bangladesh passed to the kaput. Shadman Islam and Najmul Hossain Shanto both fell to Boult in a similar fashion: giving Latham some catches on the second slip. Shadman could have left his, but Shanto had no choice but to make a caught delivery.

Southee represented debutant Mohammad Naim and captain Mominul Haque, both bowling. Naim, playing his first first-class game in two years, dragged an increasing delivery out of the stump on his stumps, opting for a five-ball duck. Mominul missed Southee’s fuller delivery, hitting his leg stump when he tried to throw the ball.

The nightmare continued two balls after tea when Boult took the inside edge of Litton Das, only to be caught for 8. However, Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan provided a sixth wicket 60 points to stop the charge from the local team for about an hour.

Nurul fell lbw to Southee, having made 41 of 62 balls with four limits. He was enterprising, just like Yasir, but Mehidy Hasan couldn’t quite emulate his useful 47 from the first test. It became Boult’s 300th test wicket when he was knocked down by a delivery tilted around the wicket. Taskin Ahmed gave Jamieson his first wicket when he skied to the middle of the wicket, where Will Young took a good hold.

Yasir hit his 50s soon after, looking a bit of a rush with Bangladesh at eight. He fell to Jamieson while trying to get some big hits under his belt, before Boult took the last wicket of Shoriful Islam.

New Zealand started the day celebrating too. Conway, not coming out overnight on 99, hit a four on the first ball to hit triple digits and continue his great form early in his testing career. He slammed Mehidy for a straight six, except for 12 four, mostly on offside, including some superb cover practices and plenty of runs on the ground and behind the square on the offside. But, on 109, he was eventually exhausted when Mehidy struck with a direct hit plunging blankets.

Conway’s exit brought Ross Taylor into the crease for the last time in white for New Zealand. The Bangladesh team presented him with a guard of honor before Taylor shakes hands with Captain Mominul. Taylor hit three fours – a cover shot and a trademark roped shot – before losing one to Shoriful with the square leg. As he walked away with 28 of 39 balls, several Bangladesh outfielders approached to wish him luck as new hitter Henry Nicholls held back so Taylor could soak up all the applause.

Nicholls lasted four balls before Ebadot Hossain caught up to him. Shoriful had also fallen behind Daryl Mitchell for lunch, giving Bangladesh some breathing space.

Tom Blundell, however, hit back with 57 of 60 balls in the first hour after lunch. He hit eight fours, while Latham picked up the pace with two sixes from Mominul. But an attempt to get a third over ended in a skied catch for midwicket Yasir. It was perhaps the last time Bangladesh had anything in their favor in the game.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent in Bangladesh. @ isam84