New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2016/17: Visitors Left Reeling After Promising Start
Throughout their current tour of New Zealand, Bangladesh have been guilty of committing one colossal blunder. Their batsmen have gone on to make some extremely promising starts with graceful strokes, but then, just when they should have converted their start into a big score, they’ve been dismissed for some poor stroke selection.
The first day of the second Test was no different as the visitors once again wasted on a promising start. With skipper Mushfiqur Rahim injured and out of the game, it was the experienced opener Tamim Iqbal who led the Tigers for the first time in Tests. Sadly for Tamim though, his debut as captain was least memorable as he was sent back for just 5 after a poor shot to a ball pitched outside the leg stump, as he offered an easy chance to wicketkeeper BJ Watling.
Soumya Sarkar though, was off and running from the offset as his attractive stroke play was a treat to the eyes. The southpaw soon crossed his half-century and looked set for a big score. However, tragedy struck as he was dismissed just 14 short of a well deserved century, as Trent Boult snared him.
After Sarkar was dismissed, Bangladesh’s innings hurled southwards as Shakib Al Hasan failed to find any support. The all-rounder himself wasted a positive start as he was caught behind on the bowling of Tim Southee for 59.
Debutant wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan looked fluent in his knock of 47, and considering the wickets tumbling at the other end, it was a priceless knock from Bangladesh’s perspective.
For New Zealand, it was once again the magical pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult which did the bulk of the damage. While Southee bagged a well deserved five-wicket haul, Boult got four crucial wickets to have the visitors reeling. Left-arm pacer Neil Wagner got a wicket to his name as well.
With the visitors’ innings ending at 289, New Zealand will look to post a big total and ensure that they don’t have to bat again in the game.
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