That was the second time Bangladesh traveled New Zealand under the supervision of Jamie Siddons and the coach then trained up a team with enormous resilient mentality, abundance of self-beliefs and vigorous verves for achieving something. Bangladesh fought really hard in that series and for the first time they had shown competence against New Zealand in the foreign land. The skipper Shakib al Hasan led the team from the front and achieved some well rooted confidence which laid the foundation to whitewash New Zealand on the home-soil during the latter part of that very year.

In the only test at Hamilton, Bangladesh fought head to head till the last day of the match. Kiwi skipper Vettori had won the toss and decided to bat first. Despite the failure of most Kiwi batsmen, they have managed to score a mammoth total of 553 runs by 7 wickets. Brendan McCullum and Martin Guptill put a massive sixth wicket partnership of 339 runs and scored 185 and 189 respectively. Rubel Hossain was expensive in that innings but he clinched 5 wickets giving 166 runs.

It was deemed obvious that Bangladesh innings will collapse momentarily in reply of this huge target considering the past history of the team in New Zealand. But the lads showed their character fantastically. Tamim Iqbal scored a fifty at the top and in the late order Shakib and Mahmudullah made a rigid resistance against Kiwi bowlers and put a partnership of 145 runs. Shakib missed his well deserved hundred and fall short of 13 runs. But Mahmudullah had clinched his first test ton and finally got out on 115. Bangladesh scored 408 runs and avoided the follow on.

Mahmudullah is overjoyed on reaching his ton
Mahmudullah is overjoyed on reaching his ton (Getty image)

With the help of three half-centuries, New Zealand set a target of 404 runs against Bangladesh. In the fourth innings of the match, Bangladeshi batsmen however fought hard and the credit went to Shakib al Hasan who scored his maiden ton in test cricket in that innings. However, Bangladesh eventually lost the match by 121 runs.

Shakib Al Hasan raises three figures for the first time in test cricket (Getty image)
Shakib Al Hasan raises three figures for the first time in test cricket (Getty image)

Prior to that test match, Bangladesh had played three ODIs and one T20 but failed to win any single game. The only T20 was a disaster as they got all out by 78 runs and New Zealand won the game by 10 wickets. The first two games of ODI series also provide nothing to recall as Bangladesh lost those game due to poor batting performance. In the last ODI, however, they managed to put some fight as Imrul Kayes got his maiden ODI century and scored 101 runs. Bangladesh eventually lost that match but had received some fuel to fight in the test match.

Imrul Kayes celebrates his maiden ODI century
Imrul Kayes celebrates his maiden ODI century (Getty image)

Shakib al Hasan was happy about the performance of his team albeit his team terribly lost all the matches of the tour. “We improved ourselves over the tour. Every time we did something better. We fought hard in this match and we don’t often take the match into the fifth day. Mahmudullah and the fast bowlers did their job well and I’m happy with the way the team is progressing,” Shakib told at the post test match press conference. “We’ve had a lot of achievements but not a lot of results. We’ve smashed several Bangladesh batting records recently and our [batsmen] are getting better individually. It’s just a case of putting it all together and becoming more consistent in the future,” the coach Siddons also held the same belief and backed his captain as well.

They were absolutely true indeed as they had whitewashed New Zealand in that year at October and achieved unprecedented taste of glory against New Zealand. Later in the 2013, Bangladesh also whitewashed them in the three match series and also drew two match test series.