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November  2023

Bangladesh to visit the Bay Oval to play for the fourth & fifth time

Bangladesh provided one of the biggest upsets in ICC test cricket the last time that they visited the Bay Oval, in January 2022.

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The match was the first time that Bangladesh had beaten New Zealand, at home, in any forms of the game and the first time that they had beaten an ICC top-five team in test cricket. The visitors win ended a 17 test winning streak at home for the New Zealand representatives.


Bangladesh dominated four of the five days of the test match against the New Zealand Black Caps, at the Bay Oval 1-5 January 2022, to claim a historic eight wicket win.


Day one belonged to New Zealand who lost the toss and were asked to bat. Stumps on the opening day, saw New Zealand in a relatively strong position at 258 for the loss of five wickets. Devon Conway belted the fifth test century at the Mount Maunganui ground when he was dismissed for 122.


Bangladesh took less than a session to remove their opponents on day two, with five Black Cap batsmen adding just 70 runs, as New Zealand were dismissed for 328. The visitors reply saw them reach 175/2 at the end of play on the second day.


Day three resulted in a long day in the field for the home side, with temperatures climbing to 30 degrees, as the Bangladesh batsmen reached 401/6 at stumps.


Session one on the penultimate day, resulted in Trent Boult and Tim Southee breaking through to get rid of the last four Bangladesh batters, as they posted a 130 run advantage. Mominul Haque and Liton Das both reached the eighties, with two other Bangladesh batsmen getting a half-century to their name. The Black caps were in deep trouble at 147 for the loss of five wickets at the end of day four. 


Ebadot Hossain wrote his name into Bay Oval history, as he took the first international six wicket bag at the ground, seizing six wickets at a cost of 46 runs. Hossain will be well remembered for his coming to attention to salute, to celebrate his wickets.


The match record book will show that New Zealand were bundled out for 169 in their second turn at bat, leaving Bangladesh just 40 runs to grab a historic upset victory.


The general consensus from the cricket wise-heads at the ground, was that the Bangladesh bowlers pitched up the ball fuller and straighter than their opponents, with devastating effect.


Five years before the Bangladesh historic test victory, Bangladesh had stopped of at the Bay Oval for their first visit with two T20 International encounters with the New Zealand Black Caps.


First up, on the 6 January 2017, they bowled first as New Zealand reached a solid 195 for the loss of seven wickets. Colin Munro belted the first of two T20 International centuries at the Mount Maunganui venue with 101 runs. Tom Bruce contributed a solid 59 with Rubel Hossain returning 3/37 for the visitors.


Ish Sodhi, helped strangle the Bangladesh attempts to hit out with three wickets at a cost of 36 runs, as they were bowled out for 148 forty eight runs short of their target.


Two days later the T20 International battle resumed at Blake Park. The Black Caps again took first use of the wicket block and posted 194 for the loss of just four wickets. Then local resident, Cory Anderson, put together another whirlwind innings belting an unbeaten 94 off just 41 balls. His non-stop turn at bat produced two 4’s and a remarkable ten 6’s at a strike rate of 229 (per one hundred balls).


Anderson received plenty of support from Black Cap leader Kane Williamson, who opened the innings with 60, at a tad better than a run a ball. Rubel Hossain was again the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with three wickets. The New Zealand bowling scalps were shared around as the opposition were restricted to 167 for six wickets.


The popular Bangladesh visitors, are to return to the Bay Oval to play their fourth and fifth encounters with the Black Caps, in the heart of the Christmas holiday season. On the 29th December 2023, they will play a T20 International under lights against our New Zealand representatives, with a 7pm start. Two days later on New Years Eve (31 December 2023) the two sides will engage in a rare daytime three-hour feature starting at 1pm.


1-5 January 2022 - New Zealand Black Caps v Bangladesh

New Zealand 328 (DP Conway 122, HM Nicholls 75, WA Young 52; Shoriful Islam 3/69, Mehedi Hasan 3/86) & 169 (WA Young 69; Ebadot Hossain 6/46, Taskin Ahmed 3/36)

Bangladesh 458 (Mominul Haque 88, Liton Das 86, Mahmudul Hasan 78, Nazmul Hossain 64; TA Boult 4/85, N Wagner 3/101) & 42/2

Result: Bangladesh won by 8 wickets

Player of the Match: Ebadot Hossain


6 January 2017- Black Caps v Bangladesh (2nd International T20)

New Zealand 195/7 (C Munro 101, TC Bruce 59; Rubel Hossain 3/37) defeated Bangladesh 148 (Sabbir Rahman 48, Soumya Sarkar 39; IS Sodhi 3/36)

Player of the Match: C Munro

8 January 217 Black Caps v Bangladesh (3rd International T20)

New Zealand 194/4 (CJ Anderson 94no, KS Williamson 60; Rubel Hossain 3/31) defeated Bangladesh 167/6 (Soumya Sakar 42, Ahakib Al Hasan 41)

Player of the Match: CJ Anderson


2023-24 ICC T20 Bay Oval Games Schedule

29 December 2023 - Black Caps v Bangladesh - 7pm

31 December 2023- Black Caps v Bangladesh - 1pm

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