Wellington’s inclement weather had a big impact on the first day of the first NZvBAN Test match at Basin Reserve, with persistent rain and strong winds only ensuring the play possible for a mere 40.2 overs through the course of the day.
Nearly 50 overs were lost to in total and in an effort to make up for them, the umpires ruled that the play would start half an hour early on Friday.
Bangladesh were put into bat by the New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, hoping to exploit the green wicket.
Imrul Kayes was the first one to go after he hooked a short ball from Tim Southee down to Trent Boult at deep backward square leg position.
Tamim Iqbal continued is his belligerent manner, striking boundaries at will and throwing bowlers off their rhythm. He struck 11 fours in his nearly a run-a-ball 50, doing the most damage to Boult’s figures.
However the left-armer returned in his second spell to noose him LBW via a successful DRS call.
At tea, Bangladesh managed to pile up 2-119, a respectable position that gave lie to the demons the green top Basin Reserve turf promised before play, with Momin-ul-Haq on 48 and Mahmudullah 13.
Thursday’s weather forecast warned of aggressive winds gusting to 120km/h during the day and it didn’t disappoint; bails were blown off, hats were lost in the air, and the covers blew around like a balloon.
The wind was aggressive enough to force the cameramen off the Southern stand and for a good part of the final two sessions, the cricket was broadcasted the old way – from behind the batsman at one end.
Bangladesh had propelled to 154 for 3 courtesy Tamim Iqbal and Momin-ul-Haq’s fluent, well-composed 50’s before insufficient light forced umpires to call off the proceedings of the extended final session.
Momin-ul-Haq showcased solid defense and good judgment outside off stump; he was on 64 not out before umpires forced him to leave the crease amidst fading lights.
Just a few overs before the close of play, New Zealand managed to claim the crucial wicket of Mahmudullah after he flirted with a wide delivery from Neil Wagner to hand a regulation catch to B.J Watling.
Bangladesh will start the day tomorrow with Shakib-ul-Hasan (5*) and Momin-ul-Haq (64*).
Bangladesh have named two bowling debutants in form of Taskin Ahmed and Subashis Roy, while a third front-line bowler, Kamrul Islam, has played just two Tests.
New Zealand XI: Jeet Raval, Tim Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner.
Bangladesh XI: Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), Sabbir Rahman, Mehedi Hasan, Kamrul Islam, Taskin Ahmed, Subashis Roy.
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