Bangladesh star Shakib-ul-Hasan inspired Bangladesh fightback at Hagley Oval as he snared three wickets in the space of just nine deliveries, leaving hosts reeling at 7-260 at stumps on day two of the NZvBAN, 2nd Test match.
In response to Bangladesh’s 289, New Zealand were safely poised at 4-252 and looking forge a decent lead before Shakib-ul-Hasan ran through their middle order, claiming 3 casualties in the process and shattering New Zealand hopes of gaining a lead over Bangladesh in the first innings.
New Zealand had slid to 7-260 from 252-4 before bad weather forced the close of play some 50 minutes earlier the scheduled time.
Shakib’s flatter deliveries, bowled at a reasonable pace, were enough to trap Mitchell Santner for 29 and bowl BJ Watling and Colin de Grandhomme.
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New Zealand had capitalized on two missed opportunities by Bangladesh earlier in the day when they moved to 46 for 0 before the newcomer Kamrul Islam pushed them back with two quick wickets. Then Ross Taylor and Tom Latham combined for a 106 run stand for the third wicket to put Bangladesh on the back foot once again.
However, they both fell just at the wrong time for New Zealand to hamper their pursuit; Taylor and Latham were cruising along at a rate 4.41.
Shakib, who had just bowled fours overs before coming back into the attack, claimed three important scalps in the space just 12 balls after Henry Nicolls and Mitchell Santner had put up another 75 run stand.
Bangladesh’s bowlers were inconsistent for most part of the day. They started off hitting all the right lengths in the first session but were frustratingly wayward in the second and final sessions of play where they seemed to have lost all the discipline they depicted in the first session.
However, Taskin Ahmed was excellent with the new ball, forcing plays and misses on several occasions and finally snaring Jeet Raval edge in his sixth over.
Either way, the visitors’ hopes of earning a victory on the foreign soil are still far from gone as they look to square the series 1-1 following the seven-wicket loss in Wellington.
“It will be a very good achievement for us,” Taskin said when asked about the possibility of a first win on foreign soil
“We’re a bit less experienced than them but, still, if we can play our best, we can win.”
“We got some good shape, good swing, good pace. We’re hoping in the next innings, if we can make a big score, it will be a good Test match.”
NZvBAN, 2nd Test, Day 2: New Zealand 260 for 7 (Taylor 77, Latham 68, Nicholls 56*, Shakib 3-32) trail Bangladesh 289 by 29 runs
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