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Bangladesh Vs New Zealand 2023

 History of Bangladesh Vs New Zealand Test Series

After a decent performance in the recently concluded World Cup held in India, New Zealand had reached Bangladesh for a 2 tests series. But the Kiwi fans found to their dismay that the former test championship winners didn’t find the going easy on Bangladesh soil. New Zealand lost the first test to Bangladesh but managed to fight back and draw the two-test series 1-1.

In all 19 tests played between New Zealand and Bangladesh, New Zealand has won 14 tests and Bangladesh has managed to win only 2 tests. 3 Tests were drawn. Bangladesh managed to draw a test against the Kiwis for the first time in the 2008-09 series. The second test match of the series held at Mirpur was drawn. The bad weather conditions helped the Bangladesh team to extract a draw. Batting first, New Zealand has managed to get 262/6 with half-centuries from Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum. But in reply, Bangladesh was restricted to 169/9 with Daniel Vettori getting 5 wickets. In the second innings, the match ended in a draw when NZ were at 79/1.

Bangladesh managed to draw the test series  0-0 in 2013-14 when New Zealand visited Bangladesh. In the first test, New Zealand made 469 in the first innings. Kane Willamson and BJ Watling made centuries for the Kiwis. In reply, Bangladesh made 501, with Mominul Haque making 181. New Zealand declared their second innings at 287/7. Bangladesh's innings reached 173/3 when the test match was drawn. In the second match of the series, Bangladesh made 282 in the first innings. New Zealand replied with a large total of 437. Bangladesh managed to score 269/3  in the second innings and the match ended in a draw. For the first time in history, Bangladesh managed to draw a test series against the Kiwis.

The first victory for Bangladesh against NZ in the test came in the 2021-22 series and that too in the backyard of Kiwis. In the first test of the 2021-22 series, NZ reached a total of 328 in the first innings with the help of 122 from Devon Conway. But in reply, Bangladesh made 458 runs with Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Mominul Haque, and Litton Das scoring half-centuries. In the second innings, New Zealand was restricted to 169 with the fiery spell from Ebadot Hossain. He took 6 wickets for 46 runs. He was provided some ample support by Taskin Ahmed, who also took 3 wickets for 77 runs. In the final innings, Bangladesh chiseled down the required 40 runs with the loss of 2 wickets. So Bangladesh tasted their first test victory against NZ. But in the second match of the series, Bangladesh couldn’t repeat their heroics. In the first innings of the second test match, NZ managed to post a mammoth total of 521/6 riding upon 252 from Tom Latham. But Bangladesh was all out for a paltry total of 126 and was made to follow on. Trent Boult took 5 wickets in the first innings. In the second innings, Bangladesh were all out for 278, despite a fighting century from Litton Das.  So after the heroics of the first test match, Bangladesh met with an innings defeat in the second match. The series ended in a draw.

Bangladesh Vs New Zealand 2023

The latest concluded test series between Bangladesh and NZ has also ended in a draw. Bangladesh managed to win the first match of the series. Bangladesh made 310 runs in their first innings. Mahmadul Hasan Joy top scored with 86. Glen Philips took 4 wickets for 53 runs. Now, in reply, New Zealand scored 317 getting a narrow lead of 7 runs. Kane Williamson was the hero for the Kiwis in the first innings, where he top-scored with 104. In the second innings, Bangladesh posted a good total of 338 runs. Batting in the fourth innings on a sub-continent pitch was always a hard task for the visitors. The New Zealand innings ended in 181 runs, with Taijul Islam picking up 6 wickets for 75 runs. Bangladesh won the match by a huge margin of 150 runs.

Bangladesh had a great opportunity to win their first test against NZ. But NZ managed to ruin the plans of Bangladesh by winning the second match of the test series by 4 wickets and the series was drawn. In the first innings of the second test, Bangladesh made 172 runs. The NZ spinners  Ajaz Patel, Mitchel Satner, and Glenn Philips took 8 wickets between them. In reply, NZ made 180 in their first innings, thanks to an 87 from Glenn Philips. For Bangladesh Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam took 3 wickets each. In the second innings, Bangladesh scored 144 runs. But apart from Zakir Hasan who scored 59, none of the Bangladesh batsmen could apply themselves. In the final innings, NZ had to chase 137. The ball was gripping and turning squarely. New Zealand batsmen had a stiff task on their hands. At one stage NZ found themselves at 6 wickets down for just 69 runs. Bangladesh had hopes high for a probable victory. But the hero of New Zealand for the first innings, Glenn Philips had some other plans. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, Glenn Philips was dropped when he was yet to open the account at the slips by Shanto off Mehidy Hasan. Glenn Philips went on to score an unbeaten 40 and was well supported by Mitchel Santner. Santner scored 35 and both helped NZ cross the lines. The test series ended in a draw 1-1. Bangladesh had their chances to win the series, but fortune didn’t go their way. Glenn Philips stood in between Bangladesh and their test series victory. The pitch for the second match has raised some eyebrows. The pitch provided turn and bounce for the spinners in a great way, and some of the deliveries were unplayable. Even the NZ Skipper Tim Southee expressed his displeasure regarding the quality of the pitch. Nonetheless, foreign nations may find it tough to adjust to the turning pitches of the sub-continent, as the Asian countries find it tough to adjust to the pace and bounce of the English, Australian and South African pitches.

Bangladesh cricket has improved a lot in recent years. Said that, they need to improve their winning percentage against major cricketing nations. As they say winning should be a habit. Currently, Bangladesh fans hope for a victory during every test match. This scenario should change. The hopes should be replaced by ‘expectation’. Bangladesh has enough experience under their belt and they should make it count. Relatively less experienced countries are making better performances in recent times and Bangladesh has the resources and quality players to surge ahead. The dismal performance in the recently concluded World Cup 23, where they could win only 2 matches in 9 games shows the lack of application and intent. Whereas far less experienced team like Afghanistan managed to win 4 matches.


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