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Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner lead the tourists to a series-leveling victory over Bangladesh.

Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner shared an unbroken 70-run stand to help New Zealand beat Bangladesh by four wickets in Mirpur.

New Zealand were chasing 137 on a difficult pitch and fell to 69-6 before man of the match Phillips scored an unbeaten 40 and Santner 35.

Bangladesh were 38-2 at the start of day four, but were bowled out for 144, with Ajaz Patel claiming 6-57 and Santner 3-51.

The series ends 1-1, with the hosts winning the first Test by 150 runs.

“It was a bit of a scrap,” said New Zealand captain Tim Southee. “It’s nice to come out on the other side.”

“The lads had faith in their methods. Phillips and Santner play on the attacking side compared to the other players. “And they did it.”

“The bowlers did an excellent job,” Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto said. Everyone chipped in on the field.

“There was a chance to win. “I hope we can take something away from this game.”

On the first day of the Test, Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was ejected for impeding the field, becoming only the second Test batsman in history to do so.

Phillips, in his third Test, hit 87 and collected 3-31 in the first innings.

“We pride ourselves on fighting till the end and we did that,” Phillips went on to say.

“Our spinners also performed admirably, Tim.” The Bangladeshi boys returned determined. It was satisfying to bring that back and chase 137.”

The two teams will now fly to New Zealand to begin a one-day international series on December 16th.


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