New Zealand beat B'desh to win first Test

New Zealand crushed Bangladesh by nine wickets to win their first Test shortly before tea on the third day at Dunedin's University Oval on Sunday.

updated: January 07, 2008 10:01 IST
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New Zealand beat Bangladesh by nine wickets inside three days in the first cricket Test on Sunday to remain unbeaten in Tests between the nations and take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

The resistance Bangladesh mounted late on the second day on Saturday, after trailing New Zealand by 220 runs on the first innings, crumbled on day three, leaving New Zealand chasing 35 to win the match.

Bangladesh resumed on Sunday at 148 without loss, strengthened by the largest opening partnership in their history between new caps Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddique which had drawn them toward parity with New Zealand.

New Zealand's bowlers who had struggled late on Saturday, taking no wickets for 148, turned the tables and took 10 for 106 to bowl out Bangladesh for 254, making victory a formality.