New Zealand beat Bangladesh by one set and 117 points to win the second test, tie their two-game streak and send retired legend Ross Taylor on a high note.
A courageous century of wicket keeper Liton Das was not enough to save Bangladesh from a heavy defeat after toppling the world champions in the first Test by eight wickets.
When the ninth wicket fell, the crowd started barking for veteran batsman Taylor, who has now retired from the cricket test after his 112th test, for a chance to bowl.
When the light got too dim for the rapids to continue, captain Tom Latham bowed to the crowd’s demand and Taylor’s third ball brought a fake shot from Ebadot Hossain, who skied the ball towards Latham .
It put the curtain on Taylor’s 15-year testing career in the most unusual way and to reverberating cheers from the crowd.
Taylor had only thrown 16 overs in all of his previous tests for two wickets, the last time around eight years ago. But fate conspired to bring his career to an extraordinary end.
First assailed by his teammates and handed the match ball, he left the field through a guard of honor formed by Bangladesh, offering one last rich memory of an exceptional career.
“We had to win this game to stay in the series and I think we played really well,” said Taylor.
“Bangladesh put pressure on us a few times and that probably reflected quite well where the series was.
“I wanted to end with a win and the guys obviously gave it to me.”
It was significant that the final capture was taken by Latham as the New Zealand captain had a significant influence on this game.
He scored 252, his second double-century trying, in New Zealand’s first declared 6-521 innings, then made six catches as New Zealand beat Bangladesh 126 and 278 after calling the call. .
He is the first player in Test history to score 250 points and catch six catches in the same game.
Das almost slapped with a hand for much of his innings after being punched on the glove. It withstood a New Zealand short-length bowling barrage to display its second century of testing from just 106 balls.
Bangladesh rallied to their example of resistance to force a game many believed would end quickly on Tuesday in the final session of Matchday 3 before the final wicket fell within 20 minutes of the scheduled stumps.
Das was eventually knocked out for 102 and the end came soon after, with Bangladesh losing their last wickets in the dark at Hagley Oval.
Kyle Jamieson (4-82) and Neil Wagner (3-77) won most of the wickets in Bangladesh.