Monday 14 January 2008 

New Zealand Seal Test Series Clean Sweep With Ease

Bangladesh 143 (Martin 5-65, O'Brien 3-34) & 113 (Oram 2-21)
New Zealand 393 (Vettori 94, Fleming 87) in Wellington

New Zealand won by an innings and 37 runs and win the series 2-0

New Zealand wasted little time in wrapping up a 2-0 Test series victory over Bangladesh, scoring an innings and 37-run win on day three of the second game in Wellington.

Bangladesh, resuming on 51 for five and requiring 199 more runs to make the Black Caps bat again, were bowled out for 113 with only Shakib Al Hasan, who hit an unbeaten 41, making any impression.

Opener Tamim Iqbal, who hit two half-centuries on debut in the first match in Dunedin, was unable to bat due to a broken thumb, so the match ended with the fall of the ninth wicket 23 overs into the day's play.

Bangladesh's batting card was once again a sorry tale with only Shakib, Shahriar Nafees (12) and Habibul Bashar (25) making double figure scores as Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien and Jacob Oram shared two wickets apiece while Sajidul Islam was run out by Mathew Sinclair.

A tour that Bangladesh embarked on confident of at least pushing the New Zealanders now sees them return home empty-handed while New Zealand now look forward to the visit of England having regained a winning run after defeats in South Africa and Australia.

� Cricket World 2008


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