Bangladesh‘s cricketing history witnessed a glorious chapter as Taijul Islam’s outstanding display propelled the team to a sensational Test victory over New Zealand. The match, played in Sylhet, showcased Bangladesh’s resilience and skill, earning them a well-deserved win and crucial points in the World Test Championship.
Taijul Islam’s 10-Wicket Haul
The star of the match, Taijul Islam, etched his name in Bangladesh’s cricketing folklore by claiming six wickets in the second innings, completing a remarkable 10-wicket match haul. His exceptional performance played a pivotal role in dismantling New Zealand’s batting lineup, securing Bangladesh’s triumph by 150 runs.
New Zealand faced an uphill battle as they were reduced to 113-7 at stumps on day 4, chasing a challenging target of 332. Daryl Mitchell’s resilient batting effort, ending the day on 44, was not enough to save New Zealand from Taijul’s relentless attack. The pitch, offering uneven bounce for the first time in the game, added complexity to the visitors’ task.
Key Moments on the Fifth Morning
With only Daryl Mitchell surviving the previous day’s rout, New Zealand needed a miracle to survive on the final day. Pacer Shoriful Islam set the tone by dismissing Tom Latham for a six-ball duck. Kane Williamson, unable to replicate his first-innings century, fell victim to Taijul’s variation and was trapped lbw for 11. Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway also succumbed, contributing to Bangladesh’s victory.
The win against New Zealand elevates Bangladesh to 12 points in the World Test Championship points table. Notably, Bangladesh’s only other WTC triumph was also against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui at the beginning of 2022. The team’s consistent performances in the championship underline their growing prowess in the longer format.