Cricket is a funny sport, they say. In this era of advancement, and when every little thing in this universe is at the swiftest of paces, the original form of cricket, i.e., the test cricket, is dying. With the introduction of T20 cricket and T10 league, along with the hundred making a statement to be the following possible formats, five-day cricket has not been given much consideration. But the true cricket fans know and understand the essence of longer format, and matches like the one that ended this Wednesday add to the slight ray of hope. The Bangladesh cricket team completed an emphatic win against Newzealand at Mount Maunganui in the first of two-match test series. Let’s dig further into this breath-taking Bangladesh vs Newzealand encounter.
THE KIWI DOMINANCE
Now let’s have a short background check to understand the intensity of this win. Out of a total of 12 test-playing nations, Bangladesh is ranked ninth. There are just three teams with worse ratings than the Bengalis, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Afghanistan, and none of them get to play much cricket with the top teams. On the other hand, Newzealand is the second-best test team in the world, after India. Moreover, they were the current world test champions, having defeated India at the final in Southampton last year. And that’s not all; the Kiwis had not lost any of the previous 17 test matches they had played at home. So when Bangladesh landed at Newzealand shores, they stood no chance. But, as they say, cricket is a funny sport.
Bangladesh were at their lowest prior to this Bangladesh vs Newzealand series. After having a disaster T20 World Cup, they were clean swept by Pakistan at home. Then to even think of pulling off something that no Asian team has done in the last ten years is itself a big ask. But the way these guys gave their everything from the very first day at Mount Maunganui, Mominul Haque and his boys craved golden words in history books. They dominated the home team all over the test match and were not once out of the game.
First test match between Bangladesh vs Newzealand started on 1st January, 2022. Newzealand batted first on Saturday and went on to score 328. Left-hander Devon Conway maintained his consistency and prolific test record with a scintillating century topping the scoring sheet with 122. Shoriful Islam and Mehidy Hasan Miraz got three wickets each for the bowling side. While batting second, the Bengal tigers exhibited sheer determination, passion, and grit with contributions from skipper and Litton Das. The green caps finished with 458 onboard, 130 over the home side! Coming back to bat, Newzealand already had their legs shaking. The star to feature on days 4 and 5 was right-arm fast-medium Ebadot Hossain. He took six wickets for 46 runs and ensured that a massive chase did not burden his teammates. The Kiwis were dismissed early morning on day 5 for 169, having 40 runs to defend. The game was pretty much done by then. 16.5 overs later, the whole of Bangladesh erupted at the stroke of midnight (due to the vast difference of time zones), awake to watch their team making history.
This win is indeed one to remember for years to come—a perfect start to this new year. The next test match starts Sunday, January 9th. Let’s see which team comes out at top in this highly interesting Bangladesh vs Newzealand competition.
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