Bouncer king Wagner's demolition of Bangladesh secures series for NZ

Lynette Rowe
March 15, 2019

Tim Southee is the on-field captain, New Zealand cricket posted on Twitter on Monday.

Liton Das (33) arrested the slide in a 38-run seventh-wicket stand with Taijul Islam (eight) before Boult mopped up the tail with three wickets for four runs in nine balls.

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Despite the first two days being washed out due to rain, the hosts have put themselves in a strong position to win the Test. Bangladesh were bowled out for 211 in the first innings post in reply to which New Zealand declared at 436/6.

Williamson took no further part in the day's play and went for a scan on the shoulder which proved inconclusive and he will have a second scan on Tuesday.

"If we don't lose any wicket or just one wicket in the opening session then there is a chance".

After completing the double century, Taylor was dismissed by Mustafizur Rahman in the following over when he tried a big hit.

"We were under a bit of pressure at the end of the first day and obviously the wicket was offering a lot".

One of the keys to New Zealand's win was the toss.

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Wagner finished with figures of 5/45 - all of his wickets came on the final day.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was taken to hospital on Monday, midway through the second Test against Bangladesh, for scans on his injured left shoulder.A team spokesman described it was a "precautionary" measure.

"I told Hogan (Crowe) "my apologies" for taking so long to get there", said Taylor who scored his 17th century in 2017, almost two years after Crowe died from cancer.

But after the Black Caps tore through Bangladesh's batting order on the third day, veteran batsman Ross Taylor backed them up with an impressive double-century yesterday to set up today's thrilling conclusion.

The home team scored fast enough to advance the game and allow itself time to bowl out Bangladesh.

Any hope of an unlikely draw was dimmed when Soumya Sarkar got a thick edge on a Trent Boult (4-52) delivery to depart for 28.

"Very disappointing", Mahmudullah said. "There is no point hiding that we will feel bad (if we lose)".

"We know that there was a bit of help with the new ball and even with the semi new ball but we should have applied ourselves a bit better, so going forward to the next match we need to adapt as soon as we can".

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