Williamson in doubt for third test after NZ wrap up Bangladesh series

Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Mominul Haque. New Zealand Black Caps v Bangladesh International cricket. Day3 2nd test match. Basin Reserve Wellington New Zealand. Sunday 10 March 2019

Neil Wagner celebrates the wicket of Mominul Haque during the Black Caps second Test against Bangladesh in Wellington. Source

New Zealand humbled Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs in a rain-affected second Test to claim the three-match series.

"We ll look to take a safety-first approach, particularly with the World Cup on the horizon", coach Gary Stead said.

"They ended up scoring five an over".

A fearless innings of 67 by captain Mahmudullah delayed New Zealand's push for victory and it was forced to claim an extra 15 minutes after the scheduled lunch break to take the last two wickets it needed to seal the match and series.

But after reaching 200 for the third time in his career, and raising his bat in salute, he was dismissed from the next ball he faced, caught behind off Mustafizur.

"We're hopeful that he will recover quickly, and the thing for us is to make sure he doesn't aggravate it any more".

Stead countered: "If he's fit, no player wants to give up their spot in the test team".

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Unlike the first Test when the Bangladesh batsmen were troubled by the menacing height he extracted from the pitch, this time they were the architects of their own downfall with the wickets coming from injudicious pull shots or unnecessary leg side flicks.

New Zealand, who took the field without injured skipper Kane Williamson, suffered a further injury blow on the final morning when wicketkeeper BJ Watling strained a hamstring during his warm-up and was replaced by the uncapped substitute Peter Bocock.

Victory early on the fifth day after the first two days were lost to rain gave New Zealand an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series and ensured they would end the season with an International Cricket Council cheque for $500,000 as the second-ranked Test side behind India.

"It was a fantastic performance with a limited amount of cricket", New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said.

Central Stags batsman Will Young is overdue an worldwide debut and will play in Christchurch if Williamson is ruled out.

MRI scans have shown that Williamson suffered a grade one tear to his pectoral minor muscle - putting him in doubt for the third Test against Bangladesh in Christchurch starting on Saturday.

"I think we all saw how green it was and we wanted to be positive because we knew there was probably going to be a ball with your name on it", Taylor said. "We could have done a lot better and we feel we're much better than that".

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