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Tigers claim historic win against Kiwis

Messenger Sports

Published: 05:37, 2 December 2023

Tigers claim historic win against Kiwis

Photo: ESPNcricinfo

The Tigers began the new cycle of the Test Championship with a historic Test victory over New Zealand, taking a 1-0 lead early in the fifth day of the first Test at Sylhet. They won by 150 runs against the Kiwis, thanks to Taijul Islam's 10-wicket haul in the match.

This is Bangladesh's first-ever home Test victory over New Zealand, and only their second overall.

By the end of the fourth day of the test, Bangladesh had New Zealand on the ropes, having reduced them to 113-7.

On the fifth day, Taijul, who had four wickets in the first innings, put the final nail in New Zealand's coffin by traping Ish Sodhi (22) at silly point to dismiss the visitors for 181.

Taijul took two of the remaining three wickets on the day, while Nayeem Hasan took the other. Taijul was the standout bowler, taking six wickets for 75 runs in the second innings after taking four for 109 in the first.

Bangladesh had earlier conceded a seven-run lead in the first innings. The Tigers set a daunting 332-run target thanks to stand-in skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto's century and two fifties from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mehedi Hasan Miraz.

It took the hosts less than 90 minutes in the morning session to win.

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