After causing upsets against Australia in 2021, Bangladesh made headlines again as they beat New Zealand in New Zealand.
Even though winning a Test in New Zealand was already an achievement, it was the matter in which they won that drew the attention of several cricket fans all around the world.
It was the visitors who had won the toss and elected to bowl first. New Zealand made it very difficult for the Bangladesh bowlers and posted a great score of 328. Will Young scored 52, Devon Conway scored 122, and Henry Nicholls scored a crucial 75 towards the end.
For Bangladesh, Shoriful Islam and Mehidy Hasan picked three wickets each. Bangladesh came out to bat, tensed but they fired from all ends, registering an even bigger total.
Mahmudul Hasan Joy scored 78, Shanto scored 64, Mominul Haque scored 88, while Liton Das scored 86, with Mehidy Hasan contributing with a valuable 47 as well. Courtesy of these great knocks, Bangladesh scored 458 and put the hosts under pressure.
The pressure worked as New Zealand didn't have the start they would've wanted. Young scored 69, while Ross Taylor scored 40. However, the rest failed to score even above 16. The Kiwi batting was summed up for 169, with Taskin Ahmed picking three wickets, while Ebadot Hossain picked 6.
Bangladesh needed just 40 runs to win and they did it in style, winning by eight wickets, achieving a feat many couldn't.
Let's have a look at some key feats and records broken.
# Bangladesh's win meant that New Zealand lost a Test at home against an Asian side for the first time since 2011 (against Pakistan).
# Devon Conway scored a ton in his maiden Test on home soil.
# Mominul Haque scored his 15th Test 50, while Liton Das scored the 1500-run mark (1539 runs).
# Ebadot Hossain's 6/46 is the second-best figures away from home by a Bangladesh bowler and also the second-best by a Bangladesh bowler against the Kiwis.
# His spell was the best by a Bangladesh bowler overseas and he became the first Bangladesh bowler to pick six wickets after eight years.
# Bangladesh's 458 was also their third-highest total in an innings in Tests outside Asia and the win was their first-ever against New Zealand in the format.
# Tim Southee matched England legend Bob Willis' wicket-tally (325) and Trent Boult went past Jacque Kallis in wickets (296).
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