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Taylor signs off with a wicket as NZ thrash Bangladesh
Ross Taylor takes a wicket with a final ball in Test cricket as he retires following New Zealand's heavy win over Bangladesh
11 January 2022, 06:18 PM AEST
New Zealand have thrashed Bangladesh by an innings and 117 runs to win the second Test, level their two-match series and send retiring legend Ross Taylor out on a high note.
A courageous century by wicketkeeper Liton Das was not enough to save Bangladesh from a heavy defeat after they had upset the world champions in the first Test by eight wickets.
When the ninth wicket fell, the crowd began baying for the veteran batsman Taylor, who has now retired from Test cricket after his 112th Test, to be given a chance to bowl.
When the light became too poor for the quicks to continue, captain Tom Latham bowed to the crowd's demand and Taylor's third ball of gentle off breaks brought a false shot from Ebadot Hossain, who skied the ball to Latham.
A fitting end to a fine career. A wicket of his final intervention in Test Cricket and a victory for the @BLACKCAPS #RossTaylor pic.twitter.com/HLmeiDWxIz— Anand Datla (@SportASmile) January 11, 2022
That brought the curtain down on Taylor's 15-year Test career in the most unusual fashion and to the reverberating cheers of the crowd.
Taylor had bowled only 16 overs in all of his previous Tests for two wickets, the last time eight years ago. But fate conspired to bring his career to an extraordinary end.
First mobbed by his teammates and presented the match ball, he walked from the field through a guard of honour formed by Bangladesh, providing one last rich memory of an outstanding career.
"We needed to win this game to stay in the series and I thought we played fantastically well," Taylor said.
"Bangladesh put us under pressure at various times and that was probably a fair reflection of where the series was at.
"I wanted to finish with a win and the guys obviously gave that to me."
It was significant that the final catch was taken by Latham as the New Zealand captain had a significant influence on this match.
He scored 252, his second Test double century, in New Zealand's first innings of 6-521 declared, then took six catches as New Zealand bowled out Bangladesh for 126 and 278 after enforcing the follow-on.
He is the first player in Test history to score 250 and take six catches in the same match.
Das batted almost one-handed for much of his innings after being struck on the glove. He weathered a barrage of short-pitched bowling from New Zealand to post his second Test century from only 106 balls.
Bangladesh rallied around his resilient example to force a match which many thought would be over quickly on Tuesday into the final session of the third day before the last wicket fell 20 minutes from scheduled stumps.
Das finally was out for 102 and the end came swiftly afterwards with Bangladesh losing their last wickets in dimming light at Hagley Oval.
Kyle Jamieson (4-82) and Neil Wagner (3-77) claimed the bulk of the Bangladesh wickets.