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The first Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington turned out to be a thrilling affair at the end. Bangladesh, who were favoured to win the first Test heading into Day Five, came out hard against a buoyant home side. Poor batting, ordinary bowling and key injuries meant the visitors could not put up a fight on the final day. Leading from the front, the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson took charge in his own hands, and gifted his side a remarkable 7-wicket win and thus propelled his side to an unassailable 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

Williamson and Taylor continued to milk Bangladeshi bowers in pursuit of the remaining 126 runs in the final session. Williamson in particular took on the role of the aggressor, while Taylor was mostly given freebies to score boundaries off. Williamson in no time reached his 25th half-century off 43 balls. Bangladesh led by Tamim Iqbal in absence of Mushfiqur Rahim looked off-colour as the bowlers sprayed the ball all over the place.

Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 1st Test Wellington

Williamson and Taylor marched on towards their 100-run stand in 82 balls.

Taylor followed his captain footsteps and notched up his 26th Test fifty. Taylor took 61 balls to knock over this personal milestone. Williamson, on the other hand, continued his march towards 15th Test hundred. The pair led from the front bringing up their 150-run stand in just 134 balls.

Taylor departed to brilliant catch at gully by Mehedi Hasan off Subashis Roy. Taylor added 60 off 77 deliveries in a stand of 163 runs for the third wicket. Henry Nicholls came out to bat and partner Williamson to a win.

Nicholls did look to spoil the party for Williamson by striking boundaries with only 16 runs left to win.

Williamson soon reached his hundred in 89 balls that included 15 fours for all to please their eyes on.

New Zealand reached their target of 217 runs in just 39.4 overs of batting on the final day to hand themselves a win by 7 wickets.

Williamson remained not out on 104 while Nicholls stood strong beside his skipper on 4 to present New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the series.

Earlier in the Test, New Zealand won the toss on Day One and elected to field first on a windy and rainy day against Bangladesh. Constant rain delays meant only 40 overs were bowled on Day One, with the visitor s were able to score 153 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. The Day Two saw Shakib Al Hasan smacked a double ton in alliance with Mushfiqur who struck a courageous 159.

Day Three and Four saw Bangladesh declare their innings on 595 for 8 as New Zealand gave them a fitting reply. New Zealand, thanks to a ton by Tom Latham and multiple half-centuries from Williamson and Henry Nicholls saw the hosts reaching a formidable 539 giving Bangladesh a lead of 56 runs.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 595 for 8 decl. (Mominul Haque 64, Shakib Al Hasan 217, Mushfiqur Rahim 159; Neil Wagner 4 for 151) & 160 for 9 (Imrul Kayes 38, Sabbir Rahman 50; Trent Boult 3 for 53) lost to New Zealand 539 ( Kane Williamson 53, Tom Latham 177; Kamrul Islam Rabbi 3 for 87) & 217 for 3 ( Kane Williamson 104*, Ross Taylor 60; Mehedi Hasan 2 for 66) by 7 wickets.

Man of the match: Tom Latham