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After getting whitewashed in the ODIs and T20s, very few would have expected that Bangladesh would come up with such spirited performance in the Tests.
Yesterday even after losing the toss, they put up a terrific performance with the bat and today they even bettered it by posting a huge total on the scoreboard. The day started with Tim Southee, once again, striking early in the morning and getting the set batsman Mominul Haque caught behind for 64. At that stage, Bangladesh were 160/4 with two of their most experienced batsmen out in the centre.
The batsmen that I am talking about are Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim. The pair was involved in a record-breaking partnership for Bangladesh, which helped their team to reach a mammoth total of 542/7 at the close of play on Day 2.
To start with, the pair made sure that their team does not lose any further wicket by adding 109 runs in the morning session. They had trouble earlier on in the innings when the ball was moving around, but once they got set, played some lovely shots. Shakib was especially brilliant with his cuts and drives and scored the majority of his runs square of the wicket.
New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st test day took the second new ball as soon as it was available, but instead of getting the breakthrough, the Kiwi bowlers leaked runs and that too at a considerable rate. The Bangladeshi skipper was also lucky in the 84th over when an inside edge off his bat brushed the leg-stump, but fortunately for him, the bells were not dislodged and he was able to continue with his innings. Tens Live
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The good thing from the visitors’ point of view was that both the batsmen were scoring at a similar strike-rate as if there was a race between the two of who will first get to the 3-figure mark. Eventually, it was Shakib, who won the race and reached his 4th Test hundred. Within a few overs, the partnership crossed the 200-run mark and to add a cherry on the cake, Rahim too brought up his century with a boundary. He also celebrated it in a unique way by taking out a gold coin from his pocket and showing it to the crowd and the dressing room.
The two, however, were not done yet. They batted with the same aggressive intent in the final session and punished the NZ bowlers for bowling short and wide. No doubt they were lucky on a few occasions, but when you play such a long innings, you need some luck going your way.
The hosts also shelled down a couple of catches, which resulted in the partnership to grow in numbers. First, it was Watling, who dropped a catch down the leg-side on the bowling off Wagner and then, it was Ross Taylor, who put down a relatively easy chance at backward point. On both the occasions, the beneficiary was Shakib, who then went on to achieve his first double century in Tests. It was truly a gem of a knock from the southpaw, which helped his team to dominate the proceedings throughout the day.
Rahim also converted his ton into a daddy hundred, before he was finally dismissed by Boult for 159. That brought an end to the 359-run partnership between the duo, which was the highest for Bangladesh and also the highest for any wicket in New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st test day 2 Tests Cricket Highlights. It will also go down in the record books as the fourth highest stand overall for the fifth wicket.
The Blackcaps also managed to get two more wickets before the closing hours, the most important among them was that of Shakib, who got out courtesy of an inside edge onto the stumps.