Bangladesh made history on Wednesday 5 December as they defeated New Zealand for the first time in a test match with an eight-wicket win at Mount Maunganui, ending the World Champions’ 17 unbeaten matches at residence.
Records fell in Tauranga as Bangladesh dominated the day, winning 12 vital points for the World Test Championship as the tourists claimed their first victory over New Zealand in New Zealand in any match format .
It is arguably Bangladesh’s finest victory in the test, with tourists breaking the 17-game unbeaten streak of the host – who are the reigning world champions in the test – at home.
It was also Bangladesh’s first test victory against New Zealand in 16 attempts and also the first against an ICC top-five team away from home.
Meanwhile, the Bangladesh players were thrilled with this historic victory as they celebrated in a unique style in the locker room singing “Amra Korbo Joy” which is the Bengali version of the popular Hindi patriotic song “Hum hong kamyab” .
The video of the same was shared by the official Bangladesh Cricket Team Twitter account and it went viral in no time.
Watch the video here:
– Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) January 5, 2022
Speaking of the game, crimper Ebadot Hossain set a career-best 6-46 as the Tourists sidelined New Zealand for 169 at the start of Matchday 5 at Mount Maunganui and then knocked out the 40 points for the win for the loss of two counters. It was Bangladesh’s first victory in any match format in New Zealand and gave them a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
Hossain was named âplayer of the matchâ.
For New Zealand, it was the end of their eight-game home winning streak since 2017 and also ended their 17-game unbeaten streak in home testing.
With an 81.54 bowling average over 10 pre-game tests, Ebadot realized his potential in a rampage over the past two days, finishing with seven wickets for the game. Taskin Ahmed joined Ebadot to regroup the hosts for just 169 at the start of the day, finishing with 3/36.
New Zealand hitters had no answer for Bangladesh’s reverse swing, with Ross Taylor (40) playing his final test at the venue, offering the only resistance as the hosts claimed their sixth away victory in 61 tests.
As Ebadot beat Taylor’s defenses to send New Zealand into a 154/6 spiral, the hosts collapsed to be eliminated for just 169. Rachin Ravindra (16) was surrounded by four players who were sacked for a duck.
The Bangladeshi bowlers were bolstered by a clinical effort on the pitch, as Shoriful Islam and under-champion Taijul Islam made stunning catches in all but sealing the victory for Bangladesh – their first away victory over a team ranked in the top five and only their sixth away victory of 61 attempts.
Bangladesh did an easy job on the 40 required in 16.5 overs to seal a historic victory, despite Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Mahmudullah.
Bangladesh had previously not won any of its 43 matches in New Zealand in all three formats.
Brief Notes: New Zealand 328 and 169 in 73.4 overs (Ross Taylor 40; Ebadot Hossain 6/46, Taskin Ahmed 3/36) lost to Bangladesh 458 and 42/2 in 16.5 overs (Najmul Hossain Shanto 17, Mominul Haque 13 not out) by eight wickets.