After a comprehensive series whitewash by New Zealand in New Zealand Tigers embarked on India mission. Whatever be the series outcome the results did not reflect the true level of the contest.
Rain on the third day reduced Christchurch Test to the second innings shoot-out. With the match hanging in a balance, not even a single over could be bowled on an entire day as heavy rain almost incessant kept wicket and the surrounding covered.
Bangladesh 289 All Out (Soumya Sarkar 86, Shakib Al Hasan 59, Nurul Hasan 47, Tim Southee 5-94, Trent Boult Boult 4-87)
Having got white washed in ODI and T20 series and unfortunately losing the first test drifting from a comfortable position Bangladesh is on the edge of getting comprehensively white washed in all formats in New Zealand tour.
Bangladesh does not play too often. The opportunity of playing against top ranked teams whether at home or away is few and far between. In such situation whenever the opportunity arrives Bangladeshi cricketers grab it with both hands.
On a lively green top grassy wicket in windy Basin Reserve of New Zealand Capital Wellington, Mushfiques Tiger Squad will have acid test today in the first of the two test series.
It can be said undoubtedly that, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is the most successful captain Bangladesh Cricket ever had. Even after numerous amount of surgeries, he kept playing for Bangladesh, which inspired the entire team.
From January 03, the 3-match T20 series against New Zealand starts at Napier. The other two matches of the series would be played on January 6 and 9 at Mount Maunganui.
Bangladesh lost back to back ODI at Hagley Oval, Christchurch and Saxton Oval, Nelson in New Zealand. The three matches ODI series is now 2-0 in favor of the home side with the possibility of Kiwi Wash looming.
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