Bangladesh kept their upper hand on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand on Sunday with their best performance of the day overseas in the last few years.
Bangladesh bundled out the hosts’ first innings for 328 runs after taking New Zealand’s last five wickets for 70 runs and then scored 175 for two at the end of the day’s play. Openers Mahmudul Hasan Zay (70 not out) and Najmul Hossain Shanto (64) put on a 104-run partnership for the second wicket. At the end of the day’s play, captain Mominul Haque was supporting Mahmudul by scoring eight runs.
Shanto scored his second half-century in his 12th Test. He has also scored two centuries. This is the first half-century of Mahmudul playing the second Test. Bangladesh’s team is currently trailing by 153 runs with eight wickets remaining. Mahmudul gave the team a cautious start with Shadman Islam (22) adding 43 runs for the first wicket. Both took the new ball’s sheen by keeping the hosts out of success for more than 18 overs, which was taken advantage of by the second wicket pair.
Devon Conway scored 122 for New Zealand on Saturday and scored his second century in the fourth Test but the lower order failed on Sunday. Henry Nicholls was the last batsman to be dismissed after scoring 75 runs. Left-arm pacer Shariful Islam (3/69) sent all-rounder Rachin Ravindra (04) to the pavilion while off-spinner Mehidi Hasan Miraj (3/86) sent Kyle Jameson (06), Tim Southee (06) and Neil Wagner (00) to the pavilion. ) ended the innings.
Mominul dismissed Conway and Nicholls with a left-arm spin. He took two wickets for six runs. Mahmudul and Shadman did not allow Bangladesh to get setbacks before lunch. In the second session too, he kept the New Zealand bowlers away from success in the first hour.
Shadman, however, was caught by Neil Wagner (2/27) on the very first ball after the drinks break. Vanagar then broke the partnership of Mahmudul and Najmul. He got Najmul caught by Will Young. Najmul faced 109 balls and hit seven fours and a six, while Mahmudul hit seven fours in his 211-ball knock.