NZ beat Bangladesh by seven wickets


January 17, 2017
Kane Williamson

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP):

Kane Williamson made an unbeaten 104 and Ross Taylor chipped in with 60 as New Zealand completed a remarkable seven-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first cricket Test yesterday after the tourists suffered a last day batting collapse and lost their captain to a head injury that forced him to visit a nearby hospital for precautionary checks on his health.

After making a daunting first innings total of 595-8 declared, Bangladesh lost their grip on the match when they crumbled to be all out for 160 in their second innings, leaving New Zealand 217 to win from 57 overs.

After making a half century in the first innings, Williamson calmly reached his 15th Test hundred in 89 balls and shared in a 163-run partnership with Taylor as New Zealand cruised to their target with 17 overs to spare.

Henry Nicholls finished four not out, blocking at the end to give Williamson the chance to reach his century, before the skipper sealed the win to give his team an unexpected 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

Final scores: Bangladesh 595 for eight declared and 160 all out; New Zealand 539 and 217 for three.

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