New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 5: Williamson’s century sees New Zealand secure record-breaking win

Williamson celebrates after scoring his 15th Test century

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Black Caps captain Kane Williamson smashed an unbeaten 104 as New Zealand broke a 122-year-old record in their incredible come-from-behind seven-wicket win over Bangladesh on the final day in Wellington.

Bangladesh have now earned themselves a spot in the record books as their score of 595/8 is the highest first innings total to lead to a defeat in Test history. Prior to that, the record was held by Australia, who made 586 in their timeless Ashes clash with England in December 1894.

Starting off the day on 66/3, Bangladesh failed to add any runs to their overnight score before Shakib Al Hasan was on his way back to the pavilion after being dismissed by Mitchell Santner for a duck.

Mominul Haque fell shortly after for 23 before captain Mushfiqur Rahim was forced to retire hurt on 13 as he was stretchered off the field after being struck on the helmet.

Bangladesh began to collapse from that point on, but Sabbir Rahman tried his best to hold the innings together. However, he also succumbed to the mounting pressure as he was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult for 50, which came off 101 balls and included nine boundaries.

Sabbir made his third half-century in Test cricket

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Opener Imrul Kayes, who had to be stretchered off after suffering a hip injury on the fourth day, returned and managed to finish unbeaten on 36 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 160, which left New Zealand needing 217 for victory.

Boult was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Santner and Neil Wagner snapped up two wickets apiece. Tim Southee, meanwhile, chipped in with one.

Chasing 217 to win, New Zealand were dealt two quick blows early on as Mehedi Hasan Miraz dismissed openers Jeet Raval and Tom LathamĀ for 13 and 16 respectively.

Williamson and Ross Taylor steered the innings back on track with a 163-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries.

With New Zealand cruising to victory and Williamson just three runs away from his hundred, Bangladesh finally struck as debutant Subashis Roy removed Taylor for 60, which came off 77 balls and included six boundaries.

Taylor scored his 26th Test fifty

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Despite this, Williamson and Henry Nicholls mopped up the remaining runs to lead the Black Caps to an unforgettable win.

Williamson finished on 104 off 90 balls, which included 15 boundaries, while Nicholls remained undefeated on four off 10 deliveries, which included one boundary.

Mehedi was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Subashis claimed one.

Rahim, who was cleared of serious injury, was gutted to have lost, and said: “I am feeling much better. Could have been worse. There is some pain, and I will get through it. Obviously disappointing to lose the Test. The bowling let us down and we had some injuries. That could not help us either.

“The bowling is inexperienced and hopefully they will learn quickly. Hopefully, they will get better in Christchurch. We need to create pressure from both ends with the ball. Really happy for Shakib [for breaking the record for the highest score by a Bangladesh player], this was due for him.”

Williamson was delighted to have to have taken a 1-0 lead in the series, and said: “Credit to Bangladesh, they put our bowlers under pressure [in the first innings]. We took some control in the second innings; they were unfortunate to lose Mushfiqur to a head injury. At the same time, we were good with the ball. It was damp and everyone was going to bowl. Bangladesh to get to 600 was good, their bowlers then kept us honest for a long time.

“A lot of credit to Latham to get us close to parity in the first innings. Apparently it is a tough seeing ground for catching, at certain points it can be difficult. The hundred is nice,[but] the main thing was to get the partnerships. The partnership with Ross gave us momentum. Chasing 200 [217] and to do it well as a batting unit was all the more pleasing. Our plan was to win the Test for sure. To bowl Bangladesh out on a good surface was a tough thing to do. They [our bowlers] gave us the chance to chase it down.”

New Zealand opener Tom Latham was named Man of the Match for his career-best knock of 177 in the first innings, and said: “Very pleasing to make a significant contribution. It was nice to bat longer. Those partnerships at the top of the order was crucial and we did not lose wickets in clusters. A couple of dropped catches does not help, but it’s a tough seeing ground.”

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