On this day in 2017: Bangladesh lose to New Zealand after posting 595 runs

Bangladesh were touring New Zealand in the year 2017, and the 1st Test of the series was played in NZ’s capital city Wellington. Bangladesh displayed brilliant class and determination against the Kiwis in the first innings and scored 595 runs but lost the match by seven wickets eventually.

Bangladesh score big

Their star all-rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim struck gold as they smashed 217 and 159 runs, respectively. The fifties from Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Iqbal, and Sabbir Rahman also pushed the guest side to put big on the scoreboard. Bangladesh declared on 595 runs at the loss of their eight wickets. Neil Wagner turned out to be Kiwi’s best man with the ball as he named a four-fer to his credit.

When the hosts came up with their bats, they put on an equally impressive show and touched a total score of 539 runs before getting bundled up. Tom Latham’s splendid innings of 177 runs kept Bangladesh in constant fear, and he was supported by Mitchell Santner’s classy innings (73). Kamrul Islam got three wickets under his belt from the visiting side.

Now, when Bangladesh came up to bat for the second time, it never looked like the same team that touched almost 600 runs during the first innings. They started losing wickets at regular intervals and got wrapped up at just 160 runs. Trent Boult had three wickets under his belt this time. The hosts had an easy target of 217 runs in front, and they made no mistakes to grab the match.

When Bangladesh batted first, it clearly looked that they were aiming for something big, but their second innings story got over in no time, and it handed New Zealand a victory by seven wickets. They took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series. Tom Latham was named as the player of the match for his matchmaking innings of 177 runs in the first innings.