NZ vs BAN, 1st test, Day 2 Stumps: Bangladesh hit back with bat and ball on Day 2;

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NZ vs BAN, 1st test, Day 2 Stumps: Bangladesh hit back with bat and ball on Day 2 – On day two, Mominul Haque’s team posed a stiff challenge to the hosts, taking 5/70 in the morning session and laying the groundwork for a good first innings total.

Bangladesh finished the day 175-2, still 153 runs in arrears of New Zealand’s 328.

Rachin Ravindra walked out with Henry Nicholls resuming on 32* after the loss of Tom Blundell at the end of day one. Ravindra would only be at the crease for five overs before his stay was cut short by a hesitant press forward. Shadman Islam grabbed the chance for Shoriful Islam’s third wicket by reaching low and forward at third slip.

Kyle Jamieson joined Nicholls, and the two put on a 32-point performance, with Nicholls contributing 24. In an attempt to respond, Jamieson took Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s extra flight, holing out to Shadman, who was a magnet in the field.

NZ vs BAN, 1st test, Day 2 Stumps: Bangladesh hit back with bat and ball on Day 2

Shadman wasted a chance off No.11 Trent Boult, but quickly made amends by catching Nicholls for 75 runs to close the innings. Tim Southee and Neil Wagner had earlier provided scant help for Nicholls, making six and a duck respectively in the hosts’ woeful collapse of 5/70 over the course of the morning.

Bangladesh batted solidly in response, seeing a tough period off before lunch and reaching to 70/1 by the tea break. In his follow-through, Shadman Islam (22) spooned a catch back to Wagner, but Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Najmul Hossain Shanto dug in for the tourists, putting on 104.

In a disappointing afternoon for the hosts, the two rode their luck with strokes hit at catchable height, but the ball avoided New Zealand’s ready fielders. However, not all of New Zealand’s misfortune was beyond their control, with Neil Wagner and his team failing to report a lbw ruling against Mahmudul that would have been overturned if taken upstairs.

The tourists were undefeated in the opening hour of the final session, with Shanto reaching his second Test half-century with a six over midwicket. Mahmudul joined him with a fifty (his first in Test cricket), and the partnership was only broken by Wagner’s clever bowling. Wagner pushed his length up, drawing an edge to Will Young, by working the left-hander over with short-pitched bowling.

Mominul Haque batted at No.4 and helped prevent a late collapse with some mature play, finishing on 8* after partnering Mahmudul to close the day.

On day three, Mahmudul will resume needing 30 runs for his first Test century.

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