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Black Caps claim series success

12th March 2019, 13:48 by Tom McGarry

New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

The second Test in Wellington was reduced to just three days after heavy rain meant the opening two days were a washout, but that didn't dampen New Zealand's spirits, as by the end of the second day's play they had taken complete control, with Bangladesh closing on 80-3 in their second innings and still needing another 141 runs to make the hosts bat again.

Any hope that Bangladesh had of salvaging at least a draw from the contest seemingly disappeared after they lost Soumya Sarkar (28) and Mohammad Mithun (47), the two men that had survived the final few overs of Monday's action, early on.

Indeed, Mithun's dismissal left the tourists on 152-5 and the Black Caps needed just 12 more overs to dismiss Bangladesh, who were all out for 209.

Neil Wagner was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers, as he ended with impressive figures of 5-45, while Trent Boult also contributed with 4-52.

The victory was enough to wrap up the series for New Zealand, who also won the first Test by an innings, and they will be looking to seal a series whitewash in the third and final Test in Christchurch, which is due to get underway on Friday.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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