Draw not an option for Williamson's Black Caps


Centurion and captain Kane Williamson says New Zealand were determined to win the opening Test against Bangladesh, despite the scale of the challenge they faced on day five.

Williamson was the man of the moment in Wellington on Monday as his hundred helped the Black Caps complete a remarkable seven-wicket victory.

Bangladesh, whose 595-8 is now a record for the highest first-innings score in a Test by a losing team, made 160 in reply to the hosts' 539, before New Zealand chased down 217 inside 40 overs at Basin Reserve, thanks largely to Williamson and his unbeaten 104.

"Credit to Bangladesh, they put our bowlers under pressure [in the first innings]," the captain said.

"We took some control in the second innings; they were unfortunate to lose Mushfiqur [Rahim] to a head injury. At the same time, we were good with the ball. It was damp and everyone was going to bowl," he added, referring to the toss.

"[For] Bangladesh to get to [close to] 600 was good, their bowlers then kept us honest for a long time. A lot of credit to [Tom] Latham to get us close to parity in the first innings.

"Apparently it is a tough seeing ground for catching, at certain points it can be difficult. The hundred is nice, [but] the main thing was to get the partnerships. The partnership with Ross [Taylor] gave us momentum.

"Chasing 200 [217], and to do it well as a batting unit, was all the more pleasing. Our plan was to win the Test for sure. To bowl Bangladesh out on a good surface was a tough thing to do. They [our bowlers] gave us the chance to chase it down."

After watching the tourists reach a hefty total before declaring, it was up to man-of-the-match Latham (177) to claw the Kiwis back into the contest.

Bangladesh struggled in their second knock, all out for 160 - a total which was comfortably erased by Williamson and his team-mates.

"Very pleasing to make a significant contribution. It was nice to bat longer," Latham said.

"Those partnerships at the top of the order was crucial and we did not lose wickets in clusters. A couple of dropped catches does not help, but it's a tough seeing ground."

Bangladesh skipper Mushfiqur was left to lament his team's bowling and the injuries they suffered.

The captain, who had to retire hurt after being struck on the helmet, said: "I am feeling much better. Could have been worse. There is some pain, and I will get through it.

"Obviously disappointing to lose the Test. The bowling let us down and we had some injuries. That could not help us either. The bowling is inexperienced and hopefully they will learn quickly. 

"Hopefully, they will get better in Christchurch. We need to create pressure from both ends with the ball," he said, looking ahead to the second and final Test at Hagley Oval, which starts on Friday.