The third and final test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh gets underway at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday and after two comfortable victories the Black Caps are already assured of a series win.
The first test was staged in Hamilton and after New Zealand piled on 715/6 in the first knock, they went on to claim victory by an innings and 52 runs. Wellington was the venue for the second test and the first 2 days were completely washed out but New Zealand still had time to complete another facile win, this time by an innings and 12 runs.
When play finally got underway in Wellington New Zealand won the toss and asked Bangladesh to bat first. The visitors started well enough with a 74 run partnership for the first wicket and Tamim Iqbal went on to top score with 74. Unfortunately support was thin on the ground and Bangladesh were bowled out for 211 with Wagner taking 4 wickets and Boult 3.
New Zealand were in trouble in their reply with 2 wickets going down with just 8 runs on the board. Kane Williamson (74) started the recovery but it was Ross Taylor (200) and Henry Nicholls (107) who really took control and NZ declared on 432/6.
Bangladesh struggled again and were bowled out for 209 at the second time of asking and Wagner with 5 wickets and Boult with 4 were once again the chief destroyers. Ross Taylor was name Man of the Match.
This was how the teams lined up in Wellington
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Abu Jayed, Ebadat Hossain, Soumya Sarkar, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam
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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson is an injury doubt but it’s still hard to oppose the home side who have been so dominant in the first 2 tests.
Tom Latham let us down in the second test but he was excellent in the first match and gets our vote to make a 50 in the first innings here.
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