New Zealand seal 2-0 series whitewash with resounding win in Christchurch
New Zealand 354 & 111-1 (Latham 41no) beat
Bangladesh 289 & 173 (Wagner 3-44) by nine wickets
Second Test, Christchurch day four
After Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner shared nine wickets between them equally to dismiss Bangladesh for 273 runs in the second innings, New Zealand completed the chase of 109 in 18.4 overs with nine wickets in hand to win the second Test in Christchurch, thereby completing the series 2-0.
After losing the entire day three to rain, New Zealand resumed their first innings at 260-7, trailing Bangladesh by 29 runs. Tim Southee (27) started the day with a couple of boundaries but was dropped by Mehedi Hasan (2-59) in the third over.
However, Southee failed to carry on and was caught at extra cover off Shakib Al Hasan (4-50). Henry Nicholls (98) started to accelerate after New Zealand went past Bangladesh's total.
Nicholls shared a crucial 57-run stand with Neil Wagner (26) as the Black Caps looked in firm control. Bangladesh picked the final two wickets in a span of 11 runs dismissing New Zealand for 354 in the first innings, taking a lead of 65 runs.
Bangladesh were dealt a major blow as Southee (3-48) had Tamim Iqbal (8) caught at deep square leg in the sixth over.
A 41-run stand for the second wicket between Soumya Sarkar (36) and Mahmudullah (38) brought Bangladesh back into the lead but a triple strike from Trent Boult (3-52) and two more wickets from Wagner (3-44) had the visitors reeling at 115 for eight.
Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib (8), Nazmul Hossain Shanto (12), Sabbir Rahman (0), Nurul Hasan (0) and Mehedi (4) fell in quick succession.
A 51-run stand for the ninth wicket between Taskin Ahmed (33) and Kamrul Islam Rabbi (25) helped Bangladesh post 173 before they were dismissed in 52.5 overs, setting a target of 109 runs for New Zealand in the final innings.
Tom Latham (41 not out) and Jeet Raval (33) provided a solid start of 56 runs in 75 deliveries before the latter was snared by Rabbi (1-21).
Colin de Grandhomme (33 not out) was promoted up the order to help them complete the chase before the end of the day's play and he responded extremely well smashing four sixes in his 15-ball knock to complete the 109-run chase in just 18.4 overs with Latham supporting at the other end.
With the nine wicket win, New Zealand have completed a 2-0 series whitewash and Southee was named the player of the match.
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