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NZ beat Tigers to draw Test series


NZ beat Tigers to draw Test series

Second Test, Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur, Dhaka
Bangladesh 172 & 144 (Patel 6-57)
New Zealand 180 (Phillips 87) & 139-6 (Phillips 40*)
New Zealand won by four wickets

Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner held their nerve to help New Zealand chase down 137 runs on a difficult wicket for a series-leveling four-wicket win over Bangladesh in the rain-hit second test on Saturday (Dec 9). Phillips and Santner shared a 70-run partnership for the seventh wicket as New Zealand recovered from 69-6 to reach 139-6 on day four to give the team its first victory on Bangladesh soil since 2008. The series ended 1-1. The home side, which won the first test by 150 runs, was chasing a first-ever test series victory against the Black Caps.

Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner shared an unbroken 70 to guide New Zealand to a nervy four-wicket win over Bangladesh in Mirpur. New Zealand were chasing 137 on a very tricky pitch and slipped to 69-6 before man of the match Phillips made an unbeaten 40 and Santner 35. The hosts started day four on 38-2 but were bowled out for 144 with Ajaz Patel taking 6-57 and Santner 3-51. The series finishes 1-1 after the Tigers won the first Test by 150 runs.

Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto said: "The bowlers did a great job. Everyone chipped in the field as well.

"There was an opportunity to win. I hope we learn from this match."

On the opening day of the Test Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim became the second Test batter in history to be dismissed for obstructing the field.

Phillips was playing only his third Test and made 87 and took 3-31 in the first innings.

"We pride ourselves on fighting till the end and we did that," said Phillips.

The two sides now travel to New Zealand to start a one-day international series on Dec 16.

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