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New Zealand see off Bangladesh in first Test

3rd March 2019, 12:41 by Tom McGarry

New Zealand sealed an innings and 52-run victory on day four of the first Test with Bangladesh in Hamilton.

Bangladesh went into the fourth day at Seddon Park on 174-4 in their second innings and still needing another 307 runs to make New Zealand bat again.

The Black Caps had put themselves in such a commanding position after recording their highest ever Test total during their first innings, posting 715-5 declared.

That meant it was always going to be a tough task for Bangladesh to salvage anything from the contest, but Soumya Sarkar (149) and Mohammad Mahmudullah (146) put on a 235-run stand that did, at one stage, give them a glimmer of hope.

However, that hope seemingly disappeared when Trent Boult got the second new ball to swing and dismissed Sarkar, with the final six Bangladesh wickets falling for just 68 runs as they were all out for 429.

Boult finished as the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with figures of 5-123, while Tim Southee took three wickets, including that of Mahmudullah.

The hosts now hold a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with the second Test set to get underway in Wellington on Thursday.

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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