New Zealand beats Bangladesh by an innings, clinch series
March 12, 2019 | 10:06 PM
by Times News Service
The Black Caps needed three days to wrap up an innings and a 12-run victory over Bangladesh.

Wellington: New Zealand beat Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs in Wellington yesterday. The Black Caps needed three days to wrap up an innings and a 12-run victory over Bangladesh at the Basin Reserve, clinching their fifth straight series win, and extending their record run.

As the first two days of the test were washed out, the Black Caps were left with the task of trying to manufacture a victory in a three-day test – which they hadn't done since 2001. But just as they did 18 years ago, New Zealand had few problems with the difficult task, requiring just 201.5 overs to wrap up another test series victory, and take second spot on the test rankings at the end of the season. After storming ahead with a powerful batting display on Monday, the Black Caps rolled Bangladesh for 209 before lunch on the final day, and stand-in captain Tim Southee credited the batsmen for helping to set up what he viewed as an 'ideal' showing.

"The way the batters set it up - you sit there at the start of the day and you hope days go as well as that. With the amount of time that was lost through rain, a lot of people probably thought it was going to be tough to win a test inside three days, but we knew there was always going to be a little bit of assistance in the wicket and the batters need a lot of credit for the way they put us in such a strong position, that we only needed to bat once. I think that was the backbone of another test win for us," he said.

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