The expectation was good play. There were also challenges. Bangladesh were in the driver’s seat till the second day of the first Test after visiting New Zealand. In a word, the red-green jersey holders are passing the time like a dream.
However, on the third day, Monday (January 3), the hosts were 144 runs behind and started batting. Neil Wegner, who had taken the previous two wickets, hit again early in the day. As if in the sail of hope of Bangladesh, Bisdat boiled. After Sadman and Shantar, this time he returned the most trusted place to Mahmudul Hasan Joy. The young Turk returned with a catch in the hands of Henry Nichols with an impeccable 6 runs off 226 balls.
After being unbeaten on 60 the previous day, he was able to add only 6 runs on the third day. After scoring a half-century in the second Test of his career, the young Tiger batsman was heading towards that first and adorable century. But Wegner didn’t let that happen. His bouncer finally ended the winning innings.
Until the last news, Muminul Bahini lost 3 wickets and collected 191 runs. Mominul Haque (6) and Mushfiqur (6) are at the crease at the moment.
Team Tigers are relieved at the end of the second day as before. After the Kiwis were bowled out for 328 on Sunday (January 2), the visitors did well with the bat.
Bangladesh finished the second day with 175 runs losing 2 wickets. Mahmudul Hasan Joy was unbeaten on 70 and captain Muminul Haque on 6. Earlier, Sadman Islam made a great start with the bat at Bay Oval. Mahmudul Hasan Joy accompanied him well. They were progressing well after watching and playing. However, Sadman fell victim to Wagner before the tea break. He made 22 runs before returning to the dressing room.
Even after Sadman’s return, another opening batsman Mahmudul Hasan and three-man Nazmul Hossain were leading Shant Bangladesh. However, Wagner returned Nazmul for 64 runs.
Earlier, the Kiwis started the second day with 256 runs for 5 wickets. However, the Blackcaps lost wickets at regular intervals due to the bowling prowess of Miraj-Shariful. On the second day, after adding only 60 runs, the hosts lost 5 wickets and stopped at 326 runs. Miraj and Shariful both took 3 wickets each.
Meanwhile, Tiger all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan sat in the United States on the third day before the Joy-Mominuls took the bat. In a tweet, he said, “The top three (batsmen) have provided enough comfort and confidence in the dressing room, now is the time to make use of it. If you can add 450-500 to the scoreboard, it will be a very good score. ‘
Sadman Islam, Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Nazmul Hossain Shant, Muminul Haque (captain), Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das (wicket keeper), Yasir Ali Chowdhury, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Taskin Ahmed, Ebadat Hossain and Shariful Islam.
New Zealand XI
Tom Latham (captain), Will Young, Devon Conway, Ross Taylor, Henry Nichols, Tom Blandell (wicket keeper), Rachin Rabindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Bolt.