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Dominant second innings performances help New Zealand pull out stunning win

Kane Williamson scored his 15th Test century
Kane Williamson scored his 15th Test century

New Zealand 539 & 217-3 (Williamson 104no) beat
Bangladesh 595-8 dec & 160 (Sabbir 50) by seven wickets
First Test, Wellington, day five

In a dramatic last day collapse, Bangladesh were bowled out for 160 in their final innings, following which New Zealand led by an unbeaten century from Kane Williamson chase down 217 runs in 39.4 overs to secure a seven-wicket win in the first Test in Wellington.

New Zealand came to bat with a target of 217 runs with a minimum of 57 overs left in the day. Sabbir Rahman took the wicket-keeping role after Mushfiqur Rahim injured himself while batting and was stretchered off the field while Imrul Kayes too was not available due to injury.

After a solid 32-run opening stand, New Zealand lost both Tom Latham (16) and Jeet Raval (13) in the successive overs bowled by Mehedi Hasan (2-66). New Zealand went into tea at 91 for two.

Williamson (104 not out) and Ross Taylor (60) looked positive from outset and shared a 163-run stand for the third wicket which came in just 158 deliveries.

Williamson brought his 50 off 43 deliveries and was severe especially on the Bangladesh pacers while Taylor reached his own fifty off 61 deliveries. The 100-run stand between the duo came off just 82 balls.

Just after reaching his fifty, Taylor slashed a Subashis Roy (1-32) delivery to gully where Mehedi picked a stunner. However, Williamson ensured there were no further collapse and took his team through to a seven wicket-win after reaching his 15th Test century.

Earlier, Bangladesh resumed the day at 66 for three, after having a lead of 122 runs. In the first over of the day, Shakib Al Hasan (0) was caught at mid on off Mitchell Santner (2-36).

Even though Mominul Haque (23) looked good during his 37-ball knock, he became Neil Wagner's (2-37) second victim when he chopped one to gully following which Rahim (13 retired out) was dropped in leg gully.

Rahim's stay in the crease lasted 53 balls before he was hit by a fierce bouncer from Tim Southee (1-34) and was stretchered off the field.

Even though, Imrul Kayes (36) returned back to bat, barring Sabbir (50), the rest of the batting struggled and were eventually bowled out for 160, setting a target of 217 for the Black Caps.

Latham was awarded the man of the match for his marathon knock of 177 in the first innings as New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the series.

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