In a spectacular display of both batting and bowling prowess, Glenn Phillips emerged as the hero for New Zealand, orchestrating a remarkable turnaround to secure a thrilling four-wicket victory against Bangladesh in the second test. This triumph leveled the two-match series at 1-1 after Bangladesh had dominated the first test with a commanding 150-run runs.

New Zealand levels series with Glenn Phillips’ brilliance

As the battleground shifted to Mirpur’s Shere Bangla Stadium, New Zealand faced a challenging target of 137 on a treacherous track, and at 69/6, the situation looked dire. However, Phillips, who had already top-scored with 87 in the first innings, joined forces with all-rounder Mitchell Santner (35*) in a resilient seventh-wicket partnership worth 70. This not only rescued New Zealand from collapse but also secured a much-needed victory.

Phillips’ All-Round performance

Phillips’ impact wasn’t limited to the second essay; he played a pivotal role in the first innings, guiding New Zealand to a slender eight-run lead with his explosive innings as the visitors scored 180 after Bangladesh were bowled out for 172.. His all-round contribution extended to the bowling department, where he claimed three crucial wickets. Phillips eventually won the Player of the Match award for his terrific all-round performance.

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Azaz Patel’s bowling masterclass restricts Bangladesh in second innings

The outstanding performance by Azaz Patel, who claimed six wickets, restricted Bangladesh to a modest 144 in their second innings. The lone resistance for Bangladesh came from Zakir Hussain, who fought valiantly with a score of 59.

Bangladesh misses opportunity to top WTC points table

With this loss, Bangladesh missed an opportunity to surpass Pakistan at the top of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-2025 points table. Meanwhile, New Zealand made a significant entry onto the table, with Bangladesh now in second place and New Zealand at eighth.

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