Cricket-Taylor final test seals New Zealand victory

Ross Taylor won Bangladesh’s final wicket in his final act of testing cricket to seal New Zealand’s playoff victory by one set and 117 points in Tuesday’s second and final match.

New Zealand’s decision to call a call denied Taylor, who made 28 in his first reported 521-6 total, the chance to strike again. Bangladesh scored 126 in the opening innings and were 278-9 in the final session of Matchday 3 when New Zealand skipper Tom Latham threw the ball at Taylor.

The part-time spinner sent two point balls before inducing a skyer from Ebadot Hossain and Latham took a fall in the middle of the wicket to secure a winning farewell to the former New Zealand captain. The margin of victory could have been greater without Liton Das’ 102 counterattack for Bangladesh, which shocked the world champions opening match tests at Mount Maunganui.

“It’s a great way to end,” said Taylor, New Zealand’s most prolific test hitter with 7,683 runs, including 19 hundred, in 112 games with an average of 44.66. “I wanted to end with a win and the guys definitely gave it to me.

“It was an emotional game for me and my family… it was good to get the victory,” added the 37-year-old, who will play his last limited international matches against Australia and the Netherlands during summer at home. With their surprise eight-wicket loss in the opening test, New Zealand called for a follow-up before their seamers secured the victory.

“The bowlers did a hell of a good job on a tiring wicket,” said Latham. “Ross Taylor got up and took the last wicket. He’s been there 17 years… has been such an important member of the group.”

Latham, whose 252 earned him the man of the match title, managed a superb catch on the second slip to clear Mohammad Naim as Bangladesh began to crumble. Neil Wagner put the Tourists’ batsmen through a bouncer barrage and was awarded with numbers 3-77, while Kyle Jamieson claimed 4-82.

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque (37) and Nurul Hasan (36) couldn’t convert their starts to big shots, but Liton scored freely to bring his second try out of a hundred to 106 balls. “I’m really happy with the first test, but the second test was disappointing,” said Mominul.

Devon Conway was named man of the series for smashing two hundred in three innings.

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