New Zealand capped an innings and 52-run victory over Bangladesh on day four of the first Test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.
Resuming on overnight’s 174 for four, Bangladesh relished 149 and 146 from middle-order batsman Soumya Sarkar and Mohammad Mahmudullah, respectively.
Sarkar and Mahmudullah shared a 235-run partnership for the fifth wicket, but a severe lack of support ultimately translated to hefty defeat.
Fast bowler Trent Boult capitalised with a second-innings five-wicket haul. His job was admittedly made easier by the opposition’s shoddy shot selection.
The fixture was marked by a huge first-innings total from the hosts, who amassed 715 for six declared on the back of big centuries from openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham – and captain Kane Williamson.
Raval struck 132 to Latham’s 161, while Williamson’s 200 was ample to seal the Player of the Match accolade.
This was his second double-century in the longest format of the international game, after January 2015’s 242 not out against Sri Lanka in Wellington.
‘It feels great to win. We knew it would be big push. The surface wasn’t going to offer a huge amount. We knew Bangladesh had a lot of quality. I thought throughout the whole Test the bowlers were outstanding. No seam movement, a little bit of swing and bounce, which we tried to extract with the short ball,’ said Williamson.
‘It was an outstanding opening partnership, Tom is churning them out and for Jeet to make a ton was so pleasing.’
The second Test will start in Wellington on Friday. Christchurch will host the third and final Test.