Ebadot Hossain returns the second best number of a bangladesh fast in their test history
It was about as unexpected as a test result has ever been, and it came with its share of statistical highlights. Here’s a look at the numbers after Bangladesh’s Mount Maunganui victory over New Zealand.
1 Bangladesh announced their first victory against New Zealand in test cricket on Wednesday. They had taken on New Zealand in 15 Tests before this and lost 12 of them. It was also Bangladesh’s first victory in the World Test Championship, having lost eight of their nine matches in the first cycle.
1 – The first time an Asian team has won a test match in New Zealand since Pakistan’s victory in 2011. It is a sequence of 21 tests against Asian teams that New Zealand has not lost at home.
17 – Consecutive home tests for New Zealand without defeat before the first test against Bangladesh. It was their longest undefeated streak in home Test, a race that started after losing to South Africa in 2017. This defeat against Bangladesh also stopped New Zealand’s record victories of eight Test series victories at home.
5 – Test victories for Bangladesh while playing away before their victory against New Zealand on Wednesday. They have won two tests each in the West Indies (2009) and Zimbabwe (2013 and 2021), while another victory came in Sri Lanka in 2017.
6-46 – Ebadot Hossain’s bowling figures in New Zealand’s second round. These are the second-best bowling figures for a Bangladeshi pacer in test cricket. Only Shahadat Hossain has better numbers – 6 for 27 against South Africa in Dhaka, 2008. Ebadot is also the first Bangladeshi pacer since Robiul Islam in April 2013 to take more than five wickets in an innings in Test cricket.
33 – Runs added by New Zealand for the loss of the last eight wickets in the second half, the fewest of any team against Bangladesh in a test round. The previous record was by England in Dhaka in 2016, where they were all out with 164 from 124 to 2.
60 – Runs collected by New Zealand’s bottom six in this match, the third-lowest of them in a test in the last 50 years (while they have been ruled out twice). Their lowest in this period was 48 races in their last Test against India in Mumbai last month, followed by 59 races against Pakistan in Hamilton in 1993.
13 – Wickets picked up by Bangladeshi pacers at Bay Oval, the most they’ve ever got in a test match. Their previous highest was 11 against Zimbabwe in Harare in 2013. Nine of the 13 wickets came alone in the second innings, the most common of Bangladesh’s pacers in a test innings.
169 – New Zealand’s total in the second half is their lowest in the tests against Bangladesh. The 171 all out in 2008 in Chattogram were New Zealand’s previous lowest against them. It is also the second lowest all-out total for any team against Bangladesh outside Asia, after the 129 all out of the Caribbean in 2018.
Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo