Wellington - Kane
Williamson scored his 15th century as New Zealand staged a remarkable
fightback to win the first Test against Bangladesh by seven wickets in
the final session in Wellington on Monday.
He described it has "a second-innings match" where Bangladesh's first
innings 595 and New Zealand's 539 in reply were in effect removed from
the equation when the pressure went on.
On a dramatic final day, the Bangladesh second innings ended on 160-9
with captain and prolific scorer Mushfiqur Rahim rushed to hospital
after being felled by a bouncer.
He was later given the all-clear by doctors but took no further part
in the game as Williamson and Ross Taylor launched a batting onslaught
reach their 217-run target with time to spare in the final session.
Williamson, who ended on 104 not out off 90 balls, said he knew New
Zealand had a chance when they managed to get their first innings within
56 runs of Bangladesh.
"From then on it became a second innings match... when you go into
the last innings of a Test anything can happen," he said, admitting to
some tense moments when New Zealand were 39 for two with Tom Latham
departing for 16 and Jeet Raval for 13.
"Coming into last two sessions and either team could win it. That's what Test cricket is about.
"When you're two for 30, 200 can be quite a long way away in the last innings."
Williamson defended the use of the bouncer as a legitimate weapon to
pressure Bangladesh in their second innings but admitted Mushfiqur's
injury did not help the tourists.
"That certainly didn't help
Bangladesh's cause. It was a great (159) first innings and it was very
unfortunate he was out with the injury."
There were no complaints from Bangladesh about the outcome however,
with Tamim Iqbal, who took over the captaincy, saying they only had
themselves to blame.
"In the second innings we could have batted well. (We were) unlucky
in the sense regarding injury, yes, but we could have batted well," he
said with the 595 never considered a match-winning innings.
"We always believed this Test match is not over yet and there will be
one session or period of 20-25 overs for both the teams where whoever
does well in that small session might win the Test match.
"That's what New Zealand did better than us and that's why they are in winning position today."
Williamson and Ross Taylor (60) batted raced along at more than six
runs an over in their 163-run third wicket partnership to seal victory.
Williamson brought up his century - levelling the scores with a
sweep off Mehedi Hasan to the boundary - before ending the game with a
single off the next ball.
Bangladesh had been in command for nearly four days, until their
second innings lasted fewer than 58 overs to end at 160 for nine.
First innings hero Shakib Al Hasan, whose 217 is a record high score
for a Bangladesh batsman, lasted only five balls before going for
It was a disappointing sequel to their imposing first innings of 595
for eight declared, presenting them with the unwanted record of the
highest score in the first innings to lose a Test.
The previous mark was set more than 120 years ago, when Australia
scored 586 against England at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1894.