New Zealand stand-in skipper Tom Latham after suffering an 8-wicket defeat against Bangladesh in the first Test match the two-match Test series at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui, lauded the Mominul Haque-led side and said they “deserved this win”.
Bangladesh performed brilliantly against the Black Caps in the first Test and they have become the first team to defeat New Zealand in New Zealand in a Test match since March 2017. Also, this was Bangladesh’s first Test victory against New Zealand.
In the post-match presentation, Kiwi skipper Tom Latham said that New Zealand “weren’t quite there in all three facets”. He also showered praise on the Bangladesh team for playing well on all 5 days of the Test.
“We weren’t quite there in all three facets. Bangladesh showed us how to go about things on that wicket. They were able to build partnerships, bowl (tight) at both ends, and apply lots of pressure. We couldn’t quite do it for long enough. There have only been two Test matches here, the two games have been similar. Probably a little bit slower than what we expected and didn’t quite break up as much,” said Latham after the game at the post-match presentation.
“We knew what it would be like, unfortunately, we couldn’t quite do things for long enough. Looking back at the first innings, the position we were in, if we’d got 450, then it’d have been a different story. Full credit to Bangladesh for the way they went about things for all five days and they thoroughly deserved this win,” he added.
It Hurts, We Got To Turn To Christchurch In A Few Days’ Time, Hopefully, We Can Take The Learnings – Tom Latham
New Zealand skipper further added that the defeat against Bangladesh definitely hurts but he is hoping to take learning from the match into the next Test which will be held at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
“It hurts, we got to turn to Christchurch in a few days’ time, hopefully, we can take the learnings from this Test match and apply them to what would be a different surface at Hagley. For every individual, it’s important that they reflect on how they went about their things and take their learnings from a surface like this and obviously the information from Bangladesh,” said Latham.
“Focus has got to turn quickly to Hagley and hopefully we can put out a good performance there,” he added
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