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"It was really hard for us to adapt on a surface that wasn't offering much to the seam bowlers or the spin bowlers" - Kane Williamson

New Zealand had to be "very patient" on the fourth day, even against an attacking and hence vulnerable Bangladesh, when it came to picking wickets on a flat Hamilton pitch, captain Kane Williamson said after his side won the first Test by an innings and 52 runs.

The hosts, who had Bangladesh on the mat in the first innings, had to face a different kind of an opposition in the second. The hosts endured a wicketless first session on the fourth morning, which saw Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar build up to their respective hundreds in a defiant 235-run stand for the fifth wicket.

"To get the breakthrough, when it came with the second new ball, it was a long time coming," Williamson said on Sunday (March 3). "We had to very patient and it was great that we could open up an end from that point on.

"It was a brilliant performance from us. In the first innings, I thought the way we adapted [well] to the surface when we thought it would offer a bit more to our seamers. It was really hard for us to adapt on a surface that wasn't offering much to the seam bowlers or the spin bowlers."

The fourth-day stand between Sarkar and Mahmudullah, that saw both of them racking up their highest Test scores, was a throwback to the famous 274-run stand shared by Kusal Mendis (141) and Angelo Mathews (120) in Wellington not so long back, that helped Sri Lanka to a monumental draw after rain washed out the final day's play. The only difference was that Bangladesh were a lot more aggressive; that Soumya Sarkar got to his hundred off 94 balls, equalling Tamim Iqbal for fastest hundred for Bangladesh, is a testament.

"I suppose the Bangladesh side were a lot more aggressive [compared to Sri Lanka in December], which meant they were clearly scoring very, very quickly. As a bowling unit, you're hoping that might provide an opportunity," Williamson said. "There was some brilliant batting. If we reflected back to the Sri Lanka game, there was also some fantastic batting when we weren't able to get any opportunities."

But Trent Boult ensured that New Zealand don't meet a similar fate this time, running in with a new ball after lunch and razing through Bangladesh with a five-wicket haul, his eighth in Test cricket. As a result, New Zealand have a one-nil lead in the three match series. The second Test between the sides starts on Friday (March 8) in Wellington.

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