New Zealand eased to Test victory over Bangladesh

HAMILTION: New Zealand wrapped up a 121-run win over Bangladesh just after lunch on the fifth day of the one-off Test here today.

Resuming on 88-5, the tourists were bowled out for 282 despite skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s maiden Test century. Shakib shared stands of 79 with Mushfiqur Rahim (22) and 68 with Mahmudullah (42) to help see his side through the morning session. But he was bowled for 100 by Tim Southee, who added the last two wickets to seal the win and finish with 3-41.

Shafiul Islam was caught behind for 13 and Southee’s next delivery removed last man Rubel Hossain to complete the victory. New Zealand previously won a Twenty20 international and three 50-over games against the opponent. But with an upcoming home series against Australia on the horizon, Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori said there was still work to be done.

“It was a comfortable victory but there’s still lots of things that you want to improve on,” said Vettori. “We have to improve dramatically.”

Meanwhile, New Zealand have recalled pace bowler Shane Bond and all-rounder Scott Styris for their forthcoming one-day and Twenty20 series against Australia. They replace Ian Butler and Andy McKay.