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Taijul Islam’s 10-wicket haul leads Bangladesh to 150-run win against New Zealand in 1st test

Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan complemented him with 2/40, while pacer Shoriful Islam (1/13) and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan (1/44) contributed a wicket apiece

AP/PTI Sylhet Published 03.12.23, 08:53 AM
Man of the Match Taijul Islam after his 10-wicket haul in Bangladesh’s win over New Zealand in the first Test in Sylhet on Saturday. 

Man of the Match Taijul Islam after his 10-wicket haul in Bangladesh’s win over New Zealand in the first Test in Sylhet on Saturday.  File picture

Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam took his second 10-wicket haul in Tests as Bangladesh secured a 150-run victory in the series-opening match against New Zealand on Saturday.

Taijul followed his 4/109 with 6/75 in the second innings to wrap up New Zealand’s innings for 181 in the first session of the final day, with the visitors chasing a target of 332 runs.

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Off-spinner Nayeem Hasan complemented him with 2/40, while pacer Shoriful Islam (1/13) and off-spinner Mehidy Hasan (1/44) contributed a wicket apiece.

“We are just thinking about the process, not the result,” Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto said.

“We have so many Test matches coming up. This win will give us the confidence to do well.

“As I said earlier, we want to make winning a habit at home. Hopefully, we will be able to continue the performance.”

Daryl Mitchell battled to top-score for the visitors with a patient 58 from 120 balls.

Resuming at 113/7, Mitchell’s presence gave New Zealand a slim hope of an unlikely victory and he struck Taijul for a boundary from the third ball of the day before punching the same bowler for a single through cover to raise his ninth half-century off 99 balls.

Unlike many of his compatriots, Mitchell looked confident against the hosts’ spinners, but a mistimed sweep shot against off-spinner Nayeem Hasan eventually brought about his dismissal and effectively ended New Zealand’s hopes of saving the game.

Skipper Tim Southee scored an attacking 34 off 24 balls before Taijul dismissed him to complete his 12th five-for.

The second and final Test begins on Wednesday.

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