Ross Taylor finishes Test career with a wicket as New Zealand beat Bangladesh by an innings and 117 runs

Written by Abhishek Patil

Ross Taylor came his Test career to a close by taking his first wicket in over a decade and dismissing the last Bangladesh batsman, thus helping New Zealand to a victory by an innings and 117 runs. The two-Test series is thus drawn 1-1 with Bangladesh remarkably winning the first match by eight wickets.

Bangladesh made a better case for themselves in the second innings after they were dismissed for 126 runs in the first innings in reply to New Zealand’s 521/6 declared. The visitors were all out for 278 runs as No.5 Litton Das led their resistance with his second Test century.

Litton scored 102 off 114 balls while Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque’s 37 was the second highest score from any batsmen in the team. Fast bowling all-rounder Kyle Jamieson took four wickets while pacer Neil Wagner took three. Senior fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee were the main architects as New Zealand dismantled Bangladesh in the first innings but only the latter could take a wicket in the second.

Boult had taken five while Sothee picked three as Bangladesh were reduced to 11/4 in the early part of the first innings.

Taylor had taken just two wickets in Test cricket prior to Monday, both of which came in a match against India all the way back in November 2010. The crowd was egging captain Tom Latham to hand the ball to Taylor for one over before the Kiwis took the new ball and the veteran ended up taking the final wicket off the third ball of the 80th over.

Taylor retires as New Zealand’s all-time highest run scorer in Tests with 7655 runs at an average of 44.76 in 111 matches. His 19 centuries are the second highest for New Zealand, only behind regular skipper Kane Williamson.

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