South African-born fast bowler Neil Wagner’s five-for capped a convincing innings and 12-run win for New Zealand on day five of the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Tuesday.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 211 and 209 in response to New Zealand’s 432 for six, which was built on the back of a fine double century from the veteran Ross Taylor and the talented Henry Nicholls’ complementary ton.
A second-innings five-wicket haul for Wagner completed a match haul of nine for 73 – the best figures of a 42-Test career. The left-arm seamer’s previous best was nine for 141 against the West Indies in Wellington two years ago.
Host captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling are in doubt for the third and final Test in Christchurch later this week, after sustaining respective shoulder and hamstring injuries in Wellington.
‘Kane is obviously keen to play this final game, but we’ll look to take a safety-first approach, particularly with the World Cup on the horizon. BJ Watling has a minor left hamstring strain and we felt it was best he didn’t keep wicket on Tuesday to give him the best chance of being fit for the third Test,’ said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.
Bangladesh batsman Mohammad Mahmudullah added: ‘They will probably have a fast wicket in Christchurch, so our batsmen have to be more responsible, particularly with three new bowlers in the side. I think it is the batsmen who should take more of the blame.
‘We have to bat with more guts for longer periods. A number of our batsmen are playing half-hearted shots, or we are not committed. We are in two minds whether to play a shot or not. You need to back yourself. If you want to attack, you should know how you want to cope with their bouncer theory.’