Bangladesh finally ended the long wait for their first victory over New Zealand in their backyard after defeating them by eight wickets at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Wednesday. With the victory, the tourists also become the first Asian side to beat Black Caps in New Zealand in Tests since Pakistan‘s 10-wicket triumph in Hamilton in January 2011.
The hosts resumed their second innings on the final day at 147/5 and were bundled out for 169, giving the visitors only 40 runs to win the contest. Bangladesh pacer Ebadot Hossain registered his best figures in the longest format with 6/46 off 21 overs.
Chasing a paltry target of 40, Bangladesh finished the proceedings with eight wickets in hands to script a historic victory. Ebadot was named ‘Player of the Match’ for his splendid bowling performance in the game.
“It was teamwork. Everyone was keen to win the match, and they put their hand up in all three departments. We won because of the bowlers, both in the first and second innings, they were outstanding. They did all the hard work and bowled in the right areas. He (Ebadot) was unbelievable to us. We didn’t play well in the last couple of Test matches, and it was important to put our legacy to the next level. We have to forget about this win and look forward to the Christchurch Test,” said winning captain Mominul Haque after the match.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
What a way to start the year for bangladesh cricket. Big congratulations to captain, players and coaching staff.
— Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) January 5, 2022
— Litton Das (@LittonOfficial) January 5, 2022
— Mustafizur Rahman (@Mustafiz90) January 5, 2022
— Mehidy Hasan Miraz (@Officialmiraz) January 5, 2022
Congratulations @BCBtigers🇧🇩 for creating history in Mount Maunganui! To win the Test by 8 wickets and register their first-ever Test win over New Zealand is inspirational and an incredible achievement. I am sure this win will be cherished for a long time. #NZvsBan pic.twitter.com/oSAnlAkzbI
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 5, 2022
A glorious and historic win for the Tigers as they beat the reigning world Test champions on their soil and registered a first ever victory in any format in New Zealand.
Photo credit: @photosportnz #BCB #Cricket #BANvsNZ pic.twitter.com/OcC4R4Pwns
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) January 5, 2022
— parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 5, 2022
Our Team’s performance over past four days wud be the norm, not the exception if only @BCBtigers had a vision, focussed on building a strong domestic cricket structure, rooted out match fixing corruption and were not a one man show. Salute to our players. #NZvsBAN pic.twitter.com/fsaqz6dnBz
— Saber H Chowdhury | সাবের হোসেন চৌধুরী (@saberhc) January 4, 2022
— Danny Morrison (@SteelyDan66) January 5, 2022
Well done Bangladesh Tigers. That is some achievement to kickstart 2022.
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) January 5, 2022
No one told Bangladesh that test cricket is dead, thankfully.
— Joe Miller (@JoeMillerJr) January 4, 2022
As big a moment as this is for @BCBtigers cricket, couldn’t also be happier for @Isam84 and every member of the Bangladeshi press pack who’ve stuck with their team through sickness & in health without ever losing faith for two decades & more #NZvBAN
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) January 5, 2022