stunning catch and what a way to end the series.... pitches outside off and Mortaza frees his arms on seeing that width, he punches it uppishly on the back foot and Mills at point does brilliantly to fling himself to his right and pull of the catch one-handed
Tamim's thumb injury has ruled him out to come out and bat and that brings an end to the innings, the Test and the series. New Zealand wrap it up just before lunch and seal the whitewash of the one-dayers 3-0 and the Tests 2-0.
Shakib's unbeaten 41 was a very good example of what the rest of the Bangladesh batsmen need to do more often if they have to compete better at Test level. He was patient, didn't go for too many expansive strokes and looked set to get a half-century. The batsmen paid the price for going for their strokes too early and edging to the slip cordon, making this victory all too easy for the home side.
New Zealand will happy with this and the result was what was expected of them. "We're delighted with this performance," said Vettori after the match. "The most pleasing thing was O'Brien. He took wickets and kept the runs down, bowling against the wind." Vettori will be pleased with this confidence-booster ahead of the England challenge, especially after a difficult summer in South Africa and then in Australia.
Mohammad Ashraful was obviously disappointed and this is what he had to say: "This wicket was difficult for us. We didn't bat well at all. Tamim and Junaid Siddique were impressive though. We need to practice more shots on the back foot before the series against South Africa."
That's it from all of us here. I throughly enjoyed bringing this tour to you, covering all games except the third one-dayer. The cricket never stops, thanks to this calendar and there's the Perth Test to look forward to. We'll wait and see if India can break Australia's 16-match streak. Should be a cracker at the WACA. All you New Zealand fans have the England series to look forward to there will be scores to settle after the 3-0 whitewash in 2004.
On behalf of my crew, Kiran and George Binoy, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!
shorter and this one climbs further on Mortaza who nearly gloves it to McCullum
superb stuff, pitches on the channel outside off and the ball holds its line, just beats the outside edge
These two have already added 30 and is the highest stand of the innings
fuller, gets it to swing in, Mortaza covers the line and defends
pitches outside off, the ball fizzes past Mortaza who pokes his bat out at it
turns it to fine leg and strangely decides to take the run and expose Mortaza
edged and the ball just falls short of first slip
flighted outside the off stump, plays a premeditated paddle sweep towards square leg and gets off the strike
slightly wide outside off, goes for the drive and misses
pushed to the on side
defended on the front foot back to the bowler
Shakib decides to have some fun by walking across his stumps and scooping it over the region of short fine-leg
Vettori comes on
edged, beats the slips, Shakib turns down the single and opts to take strike for the next over
hits the deck hard again, he moves out of the way again
hits the deck outside off, left alone
gets a thin edge to third slip, Bell dives forward and takes it on the full, takes it on the first bounce
fuller outside off, pokes at it and nearly gets an outside edge
superb stroke....just short and wide outside off, the ball moves away after pitching, Mortaza rocks back and punches with ease past the covers, the placement was perfect
pitches outside off, left alone
outside off and slashed hard to Oram at gully, it appeared as if it went on the full to the fielder but reached him on the bounce
Fleming denies quit talk
New Zealand coast to innings victory
Bangladesh sliding towards innings defeat
|Shakib Al Hasan||not out||41||92|
|Sajedul Islam||run out||3||3|
|Tamim Iqbal||absent ill|
|Extras||(lb 2, nb 6, w 5)|
|Total||113(9 wkts; 47 ovs)|