New Zealand cruised to win on the final day of their one-off Test against Bangladesh, wrapping up a 121-run win shortly after lunch
Bangladesh were facing the huge task of chasing down a target of 404 to win after the Black Caps declared their second innings on 258 for five just after tea on the penultimate day.
But that challenge turned into a nigh on impossible one after Bangladesh’s batting capitulation late on day four which left them on 88 for five heading into the final day.
Not even a maiden Test century for captain Shakib Al Hasan, who struck 15 boundaries and three sixes, could thwart the New Zealanders.
When he was dismissed by Tim Southee in the 70th over, the ball after bringing up his 127-ball hundred, the end was in sight with Bangladesh at 252 for eight.
It came quickly with Southee taking the wickets of Shafiul Islam (13) and Rubel Hossain (nought) in successive balls to bowl the visitors out for 282 and to finish with figures of three for 41 off 11 overs.
Mushfiqur Rahim, who resumed on 10 not out, and Shakib, who had yet to score, were charged with the initial task of restoring some respectability to the scoreboard.
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And they did, putting on a 79-run stand before Mushfiqur edged a Daryl Tuffey delivery to Tim McIntosh at second slip.
First-innings centurion Mahmudullah again looked in good touch as he struck seven boundaries in a knock of 42 before he was caught at mid-on by Tuffey off the bowling of spinner Jeetan Patel.
Shakib held firm, though, picking off the boundaries and hitting opposite number Daniel Vettori for 18 runs in one over with three successive fours and a six, to be two short of his century at lunch.
But the spirited rearguard action came to an end early in the middle session as Southee found his line and length to dismiss the Bangladesh captain and then wrap up the tail.