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The Bulletin by Wisden Cricinfo staff
October 29, 2004
New Zealand 545 for 6 dec (Fleming 202, Styris 89) beat Bangladesh 182 (Vettori 6-70) and 262 (Baisya 66, Mashud 51, Vettori 6-100) by an innings and 101 runs
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It took New Zealand just 25 minutes on the fourth morning to wrap up a comprehensive victory by an innings and 101 runs in the second Test at Chittagong, and take the series 2-0.
Daniel Vettori grabbed his second six-wicket haul of the game - he finished with 12 for 170 here, and 20 for 224 in the two matches to be named the Player of the Series. At least Tapash Baisya made sure Bangladesh went down with some pride, hammering a 36-ball half-century as New Zealand were within sight of the finishing line.
Only some late-order resistance from Bangladesh's batsmen last night had stretched this game into a fourth day, and Vettori broke the stubborn ninth-wicket stand of 34 with his fourth ball of the morning. Mohammed Rafique, who added one to his overnight 30, was too early on one that kicked, and his attempted flick to leg ballooned to Mathew Sinclair at silly mid-off.
At that point Baisya cut loose. Using his feet to attack the spinners, he hammered Paul Wiseman for five fours and a six in two overs, and Vettori for three fours and a six - although Vettori should have caught him off his own bowling with the first ball of his second over, but he spilt a skyer.
The end finally came when Baisya charged Vettori once too often, missed the ball by a country mile and was easily stumped by Brendon McCullum. His 66 - the fastest Test fifty by a Bangladesh batsman - had come off 47 balls and at least ensured there was a reward for the smattering of spectators who had turned up to watch the last rites.
"A spinner is always expected to get wickets on the subcontinent," admitted Vettori, who will lead New Zealand in the forthcoming one-day series when Stephen Fleming returns home. "This pitch was ideal for spin bowling."
New Zealand's 2-0 series win was achieved at a canter. Their innings-and-99-run victory at Dhaka was their biggest win in any Test, and this one beat that by two runs. It was a familiar sorry tale for Bangladesh: this was their 29th defeat in 32 Test matches.
The stats, however, made sorry reading for the Bangladeshis. This was their 29th loss in 32 Tests, and their 16th series defeat in succession. The only glimmers of consolation came with their good bowling in the first session of the match, and their determined resistance of the third afternoon. That aside, it was one-way traffic.
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