Bangladesh create history, crush world champions New Zealand in one of cricket's biggest upsets

Published January 5, 2022
Mominul Haque (L) and Mushfiqur Rahim (R) of Bangladesh celebraste the victory in the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 5, 2022. — 
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Mominul Haque (L) and Mushfiqur Rahim (R) of Bangladesh celebraste the victory in the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 5, 2022. — AFP
Mominul Haque Bangladesh plays a shot on the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 5. — 
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Mominul Haque Bangladesh plays a shot on the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 5. — AFP
Bangladesh supporters celebrate victory as players walk back to the pavilion at the end of the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 5. — 
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Bangladesh supporters celebrate victory as players walk back to the pavilion at the end of the fifth day of the first cricket Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on January 5. — AFP

Bangladesh pulled off a crushing eight-wicket victory over world champions New Zealand at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

The tourists needed only 40 runs in their second innings for the historic win, their first ever in New Zealand and only their sixth in 61 away Tests.

The match was wrapped up in one session on the final day as Ebadot Hossain took a career best six for 46 and New Zealand were rolled in their second innings for 169.

It was a “David and Goliath” result, with Bangladesh ranked ninth in the world while world Test champions New Zealand are second.

It was also New Zealand's first loss in 16 home Tests over the past four years.

Bangladesh have previously lost all 32 matches played in New Zealand across all formats, including nine Tests, and they arrived to start this tour following back-to-back losses at home to Pakistan.

But they attacked this Test with confidence and apart from a 138-run second-wicket stand by Devon Conway and Will Young in New Zealand's first innings, the tourists have largely been in control.

After New Zealand were dismissed for 328 in their first innings, Mominul Haque (88) led Bangladesh to 478, a 130-run lead on a pitch which stayed true and did not have the usual bias towards fast bowlers regularly seen on New Zealand wickets.

Then, thanks to a canny reading of the game by bowling coach Ottis Gibson, Bangladesh only needed 73.4 overs to knock over New Zealand in their second innings.

Gibson had noted the Bay Oval wicket was not delivering slip catches, which are common in New Zealand conditions, and he called for wicket-to-wicket bowling.

“It's different to how New Zealand bowl, they didn't bowl to length, they went short. That's their tactic, it works for them.

“(Neil) Wagner's very good at it, but we're different, we try to bowl at the stumps a lot more and it's really pleasing to see that it worked for us,” he said.

“Maybe the New Zealand batters underestimated us. The discipline we've shown is fantastic.” Ebadot relished the instruction and produced by far his best bowling figures.

He removed first innings centurion Devon Conway for 13, and in a quick burst claimed Will Young (69) along with Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell without scoring.

On Wednesday morning he accounted for Ross Taylor (40) and Kyle Jamieson (0), while Taskin Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan mopped up the tail.

With Mahmudul Hasan Joy requiring stitches to a split hand, Najmul Hossain Shanto was promoted to opener and contributed 17 to the winning run chase.

Shadman Islam was out for three while the not out batsmen were captain Mominul Haque on 13 and Mushfiqur Rahim on five.

'Can't describe unbelievable' win: Mominul Haque

An ecstatic Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque was lost for words at his side's shock win.

“I can't describe it. It's an unbelievable thing,” Mominul, who was not out 13, said after hugging Mushfiqur and waving to the Bangladesh team and support staff.

It was not only a boost for Bangladesh cricket but it also severely dented New Zealand's hopes of retaining their world Test crown.

“Honestly, I couldn't sleep yesterday because of the pressure and I didn't know what will happen today,” he said, adding that after poor preparation for the tour, Bangladesh had deliberately not focused on winning, or on New Zealand, but on executing their own plans.

“It was very important to win the Test match, everyone knows we have to improve our Test cricket, (but) we didn't focus on the result, we focused on the process,” he said.

“If you think it's going to be tough it will be tough.” After a loss and a draw away to India last month, the

New Zealand captain Tom Latham rejected suggestions the Black Caps may have underestimated Bangladesh.

He said his team prepared as for any Test but “they certainly outplayed us through the five days”.

“We know we've got to turn up and play our brand of cricket and unfortunately we couldn't quite do that for five days here.” The second Test starts in Christchurch on Sunday.

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