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ICC World Cup 2019: Workload Management Will be Very Important in the Tri-Series in Ireland Says Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal is of the opinion that the player rotation policy and the workload management will be of utmost importance during the tri-series in Ireland which will serve as a preparatory series for the upcoming World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May.

Tamim Iqbal stated that the main players in the team need rest whenever they needs and that will be crucial to their chances in the World Cup. He also added that it won’t be possible to rest during the World Cup and hence it will be crucial to rotate the players during the tri-series in Ireland.


“The key will be to rest people whenever someone needs that [in Ireland],” Tamim said while speaking to reporters. “We all know that we cannot afford to rest in the World Cup. In Ireland, we will be playing five matches and if we opt to change after a game or two, I think it will be fine.”


The tri series in Ireland is slated to begin on 5th May. Windies will be the 3rd side in the tournament. The series will be played in a round robin format comprising of two rounds with the final slated to be played on 17th May. It definitely means that Bangladesh squad will have their work cut out before the World Cup but Tamim Iqbal decided to look at the brighter prospects.

“There is only one negative [with the tri-series] and it is that we will be playing 13 to 14 matches in one-and-a-half months but apart from that, I don’t see anything else because we don’t get the chance to play in those conditions often.”

Bangaldesh are generally used to playing in low and slow wickets. Hence it will be important for Bangladesh to get used to the conditions. The wickets in Ireland won’t be too much different from England. Hence the series will provide a perfect preparation process for Bangladesh. Tamim Iqbal is hopeful that Bangladesh makes full use of the pre World Cup series and come out all guns blazing in the World Cup.

“I think the conditions will be a big challenge because we are not used to playing in Ireland often,” said the opener.

“The last time we played, the wickets were difficult, so I think the preparation and the practice games are very important. How we start the tournament is also very important as there is an in-form West Indies unit too.”

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IPL 2019: Shakib Al Hasan to Stay Back in India, Won’t Join Bangladesh Team for Preparatory Camp for World Cup

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will stay up for the IPL and won’t join his teammates for the preparatory camp ahead of the tri-nation series in Ireland. The all-rounder has decided to stay back in India to continue his tenure in the Indian Premier League with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Bangladesh Cricket Board operation chairman Akram Khan said that Shakib Al Hasan will stay back in India and continue participation in IPL.

As per reports, it is learnt that Shakib Al Hasan was supposed to join the Bangladesh team for their preparatory camp ahead of the 2019 World Cup slated to be played in England and Wales. Till now Shakib hasn’t found a permanent place in the SRH playing XI. However, with many foreigners slated to return back to their country to prepare for the World Cup, Shakib might get a chance in the business end of the tournament which has prompted him to stay back.

As per reports in Cricbuzz, BCB had earlier sent a letter to Shakib and informed him about the preparatory camp. He confirmed his participation at first but with foreign slots opening up, Shakib decided to stay back in India. He has also asked for the board’s permission after his decision.

Shakib Al Hasan, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Shakib Al Hasan (Credits: BCCI)

Shakib Al Hasan recently recovered from a career-threatening finger injury which barred him from playing in the ODI series in New Zealand. BCB had earlier granted him a no objection certificate after he made himself available for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. David Warner, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow and Rashid Khan have literally stopped the entry of any other foreign players.

However, with Jonny Bairstow slated to leave after tomorrow’s clash, Shakib is hopeful of getting a few matches towards the back end of the tournament.

“Shakib was expected to arrive on April 23 but now that is not happening,” Akram Khan said. “He has informed us that as someone had left from the Sunrisers [set-up] there is a chance that he might play and so he wanted to stay back.

“We have given him the permission as we believe if he can play it will always be good for him leading up to the tri-nation in Ireland,” Akram added.

Shakib Al Hasan is now expected to join his national team on the cusp of the tour of Ireland slated for 1st May. Meanwhile, bowling coach Courtney Walsh is also of the opinion that getting match practice in IPL will help Shakib in the 2019 World Cup.

Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“Well, he is in India with his IPL team and I think it’s good for him to be there to get some match practice if he can. I think that match fitness for him right now is the key. He was injured; he was practising for quite some time. Personally, I would like him to play a couple of games in the IPL to get a bit sharper for of the World Cup,” Walsh said.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will be preparing for the tri-series against Ireland and Windies ahead of the World Cup which will serve as a warm-up series for the Caribbean for the 2019 World Cup. The tri-series starts on 5th May. However, Bangladesh will play their first match against Windies on 7th May.

ICC World Cup 2019, Mashrafe Mortaza
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ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh Announces 15-Man Squad, Mashrafe Mortaza To Lead

Here comes yet another Asian team, who announced their squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. They got a decent blend of youth and experience in their side for the major event. Once again, it is Mashrafe Mortaza, who will be leading the side while Shakib Al Hasan will be his deputy.

They made a few surprising calls as well. As the selector earlier said, they took chances on few players despite lacking a bit of consistency in the recent past, especially, in the away matches.

Shakib Al Hasan will be the vice-captain:

Chief selectors Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar announced the squad. They announced in a press conference at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday. The major surprise in the selection is the addition of Abu Jayed, who took the limelight in Bangladesh Premier League.

ICC World Cup 2019, Mashrafe Mortaza
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The batting department filled with the likes of Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar and  Liton Das, who are expected to be the openers in the ranks for Bangladesh. They were followed by Mushfiqur Rahman and Mohammad Mithun, who look after the middle-order department.

Shakib Al Hasan, who is the deputy of Mortaza in the tournament will fill the all-rounder slot alongside the young Mosaddek Hossain. Mahmudullah Riyad is another talented cricketer, who always got the brilliant record in ICC events alongside Sabbir Rahman, who scored a century in New Zealand.

In the spinner section, the young Mehedi Hasan Miraz will look after the spinner category, Besides bowling, he is also a handy batsman down the order as well. He even opened innings for Bangladesh in Asia Cup when Tamim Iqbal was injured.

ICC World Cup 2019, Mashrafe Mortaza
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Another exciting all-rounder for Bangladesh is Mohammad Saifuddin, who got the skills to deliver for the team when it matters the most. Coming to the fast bowlers’ category, Mustafizur Rahman, who is currently injured, will be leading the department.

He will be accompanied by Rubel Hossain and the young Abu Jayed. All in all, it seems like Bangladesh has announced a decent squad going into the ICC World Cup 2019.

Also, here is the squad:

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (C), Shakib Al Hasan (VC), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das. Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammad Mithun, Mahmudullah Riyad. Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin. Sabbir Rahman, Abu Jayed Chowdhury Rahi and Mosaddek Hossain.

Mustafizur Rahman, Bangladesh, ICC World Cup 2019
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ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh Gets Another Injury Scare, Mustafizur Rahman Advised Two Weeks Rest

Ahead of the 2019 World Cup, Bangladesh has received a scare as left-arm speedster Mustafizur Rahman was advised a couple of weeks rest on Thursday owing to an ankle injury. He sustained the injury last evening and was subsequently advised rest as per reports in the Cricbuzz. Bangladesh has already been pegged by injury issues ahead of the Ireland tour. Some of the main players in the team are currently undergoing a rehabilitation process to recover in time for the World Cup.

The injury list of Bangladesh already consists of players like Rubel Hossain, Mahmudullah, Mehdi Hassan and Saifuddin. Mustafizur’s injury will keep Bangladesh worried as he is one of the main bowlers who can make an impression for Bangladesh in the World Cup. Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury revealed that he has advised Mustafizur a couple of weeks rest after seeing the X-ray report.

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Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman. (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

“Mustafizur injured his left ankle yesterday and after going through his x-ray report we suggested him to take rest for two weeks,” BCB’s chief physician Debashish Chowdhury told reporters at Mirpur on Thursday. Though there is no fracture, he had sustained an ankle sprain and as a result, he will have to rest for at least two weeks to recover,” he said. “In the meantime, we will be changing the tape on his leg.”

The left-arm pacer was part of the Dhaka Premier League as he returned to the tournament after 4 years. He bagged 3 wickets in just 6.5 overs for Shine Pukur to give glimpses of his form. However, his injury ruled him out of the rest of the tournament and his fitness continue to give a headache to the Bangladesh team management.

Bangladesh decided to take a precautionary measure and decided against fielding him in the first Test of the three-match Test series against New Zealand. Though Mustafizur played in the 2nd Test, he managed to bowl just 14 overs all through the match. Bangladesh head coach had insisted that Mustafizur should remain fresh for the 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May.

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Mustafizur Rahman.

As a result of the injury, the Cutter specialist won’t be available from the start of Bangladesh’s preparatory camp for the Ireland tour. The series against Ireland is slated to start from 22nd April. “Naturally, he will be in rehabilitation when the preparation camp starts but we are expecting him to start his skill training once the rehabilitation is completed,” Debashish Chowdhury further added.

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New Zealand Cancel Their U-19 Tour to Bangladesh

New Zealand has cancelled the Under 19 tour of Bangladesh after mutual agreement between both the boards. Both the boards are of the opinion that age group team travelling to Bangladesh following the Christchurch shooting where the Bangladesh cricketers were saved marginally might be insensitive and inappropriate.

The Kiwis were slated to tour Bangladesh for a 5 match youth ODI series that was slated to begin from 16th April. A day before the tour was officially postponed but it was now announced that the tour has been called off totally. The cricketers are actually still recovering from the trauma of the attack which killed several people of Christchurch.

NZ Cricket chairman Greg Barclay, in a statement on Monday (April 1) said: “We have conveyed our deep sense of regret over the circumstances leading to this mutual decision, and the BCB have been both understanding and generous in response.

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“NZC have nothing but respect for the BCB and believe this development has only served to bring our countries closer together and to strengthen our bond through cricket. In reply, the BCB has expressed ‘solidarity with NZC and the peace-loving people of New Zealand’.”

The chairman, however, stated that the countries will continue to play bilateral cricket across all events. It will start with Bangladesh U-19 team travelling to New Zealand this upcoming September.

It was one of the darkest days in New Zealand as it was the first terrorist attack in the country. The Bangladesh cricketers made desperate phone calls asking for help as they came within touching distance of the terror attack.

The Bangladesh cricketers were in their team bus when the shooting happened near Al Noor Mosque. It is a short walk from the Hagley Oval Cricket Ground when a terrorist started firing from open range and killed as many as 49 people.

The players hid on the team bus as they ran to safety across the Hagley Park. During the attack, Tamim Iqbal made two calls to ESPN Cricinfo journalist Mohammad Isam asking him to call the police.

“There’s shooting here, please help us,” he said to Isam. Iqbal later tweeted “entire team got saved from active shooters.”

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Bangladesh cricket team at Dhaka airport (Image Credit: Facebook)
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Bangladesh Cricketers Return Home On Saturday

On Saturday (16th March), Bangladesh cricketers landed at Dhaka and headed their homes. Just one day earlier, the Bangladesh cricketers narrowly escaped a horrific terrorist attack in a Christchurch mosque.

On last Friday (15th March), a terrorist group attacked in two mosques in the Christchurch city. Around 49 people were killed, and many people were injured in that incident.

The Bangladesh cricketers were heading to the Al Noor Mosque when that mosque was attacked. They arrived at the mosque little late due to the delay in Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah’s press conference.

Many Bangladesh players believe that they were lucky not to face that horrific and life-threatening experience. When they were coming out from the bus, two women informed them about that incident. They stayed on the bus for some more minutes before they ran away to the cricket ground through the Hagley Park.

The players also requested the bus driver to go back, but he denied to return due to he had no such instruction.

The Bangladesh team was in Christchurch for the third and final Test match of the tour. The match was schehduled to start on Saturday, but that match was cancelled after that incident. Soon, the Bangladesh cricketers have been allowed to return their home.

It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it – Tamim Iqbal

On late Saturday, the Bangladesh cricket team landed at Dhaka airport. The opening batsman Tamim Iqbal believes that it will take time to get out from this dangerous experience.

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Bangladesh cricketers at Christchurch airport (Image Credit: Facebook)

He said at Christchurch airport, “It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it after the experience we had here. It is better that we are returning… because everyone’s family is worried. I just hope after returning home we can overcome it with the passing of time.”

Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that they would review the security matters properly of the host countries before sending their national team in the future tours.

She said, “In future, whenever we send our cricket team abroad we will do that after examining and reviewing the security matters of the host countries.”

Bangladesh had hard luck in New Zealand tour

Bangladesh cricketers, Christchurch mosque terrorist attack
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Before that incident, Bangladesh cricketers were busy for the international series in that New Zealand tour. They toured the country for the three-match bilateral ODI series and three-match bilateral Test series against the host side.

The visiting side lost the ODI series by the 3-0 margin. Among those ODIs, one was at the Hagley Oval (Christchurch) that New Zealand won by eight wickets (second ODI). The other two ODIs were at Napier and Dunedin where the host side won by eight wickets and 88 runs respectively.

There was no progress from the Bangladesh side in the subsequent Test series. New Zealand won the first two Tests very comfortably and won the series by 2-0. The host side won the first Test at Hamilton by an innings & 52 runs. Later, they won the rain-affected Wellington Test by an innings & 12 runs.

Tamim Iqbal. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
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It Will Take Some Time to Get Out of Trauma – Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh experienced batsman Tamim Iqbal has stated that it will take some time to get out of trauma. Iqbal and his teammates had the rub of the green on their side when they were going for Friday prayers to Al Noor mosque in Christchurch. Subsequently, there was a terrorist attack which went on to take the lives of 49 people.

Consequently, Tamim Iqbal believes it will take some time for all the Bangladesh players to get back to normal. In fact, things could have turned ugly had Bangladesh’s team bus reached the mosque five minutes early. They were 100 yards away from the mosque when they noticed all the shooting and the victims crying for help.

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Tamim Iqbal. (Credits – Twitter)

It was threatening for all the players.

“It will certainly take some time for us to get out of it following the experience that we had here,” Tamim told reporters at the airport on Saturday. “In fact, it is better that we are returning back to our family because everyone’s family is worried. I just hope after returning home we can overcome it [trauma] with the passing of time.”

Meanwhile, the third Test match which was to be played at Haque Oval from March 16 was called off due to the tensed situation. The New Zealand Cricket Board, as well as the Bangladesh Cricket Board, took a mutual decision to call off the final Test after the brutal incident.

Tamim had also taken to Twitter to inform that all the players are safe.

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On the other hand, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern termed the attack as one of darkest days of the country. In fact, all of the cricket fraternity took to social media platforms to lament the terrorist’s attacks.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh manager had described the incident as a movie scene. Khaled Mashud said that people were running out of the mosque to evade the shooters when their bus had stopped a 100 yards away from the scene.

New Zealand, Christchurch
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New Zealand Board To Extend Security Post Christchurch Incident

The incident that took on the other day at Christchurch would certainly go down as one of the black spots on New Zealand. The Bangladesh Cricket Team, who is being hosted by New Zealand team escaped the danger narrowly, which would open a lot of doubts on travelling to New Zealand for a bilateral series.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand Cricket set to add more strength to their security forces by bringing in new personnel. The official quoted that the recent event is a wake-up call and they would like to further increase the security force for the visiting teams.

Everything changes now – David White

We come across the international matches being cancelled on rare occasions. Apart from weather conditions, we don’t come across such terrorist events disturbing the game. The last time it happened was in Pakistan when a bomb blast took place near visitors hotel.

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“This is shocking. This will change the entire fabric of international sports hosting,” White said. “I think everything changes now. We’ll certainly be having to look at our security in depth. I think the idea of New Zealand being a safe haven is gone now.”

Our heartfelt sympathies to the affected families – New Zealand Cricket

Further, in a statement released by the cricket board, they gave their sympathies and condolences to the families affected in the attack. Further, they thanked security forces for ensuring Bangladesh team stay in a safe place.

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Players of Bangladesh cricket team. Photo Credit: Twitter

“Our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and our thoughts are with them at this time of grave tragedy,” the statement said. “The board thanks New Zealand Cricket (NZC) for ensuring that members of the Bangladesh national cricket team are safe and secure in Christchurch.”

The incident shocked all the cricket fanatics in the world. Certainly, it also made the New Zealand people frighten, as things like such are always scary. Meanwhile, the cricketers across the globe share their thoughts on the incident.

Thankfully, Bangladesh Cricket Team escaped the incident. Otherwise, it would have been worse for New Zealand in various ways.

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Watch: Panicked Bangladesh Cricketers Rush To Safety After Escaping Christchurch Mosque Shooting

Bangladesh cricketers had their hearts in their mouths when they went to a Christchurch Mosque on Friday afternoon, a day before the third Test against New Zealand. Just when the players arrived in the mosque to offer their prayers, they heard gun shots as there was a shooting incident taking place at that very spot. But fortunately the players managed to make their way out of the mosque safely.

As per local reports, a gunman reportedly opened fire at the mosque, with the former president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Mohammed Jama saying a man with a gun went into the mosque about 1.40pm on Friday. Reports also confirm that there was another shooting at another mosque as well as inside the Christchurch Hospital. One can measure the severity of the incident by the fact that there has been so far at least 50 casualties and several deads, according to Gold Coast Bulletin. 

Fortunately, all the Bangladeshi cricketers managed to escape the scene without suffering any injury. ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent Mohammad Isam posted a video to Twitter to confirm the news. In the video, the Bangladesh stars could be seen walking hurriedly to their hotel as there was panic all around.

Later, the Bangladesh stars took to Twitter to express their feelings after the horrific experience.

“The players are shaken up but fine. I spoke to one of them shortly after (the incident). They didn’t see anything but heard gunshots. They were at the ground (Hagley Oval) and just started running,” strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayen revealed after the incident. “The coaching staff were all at the hotel. The players just started running when they heard the shots. I don’t know how many (shots) there were. This happened at about 1.45pm.”

Bangladesh are set to play against New Zealand in the third and final Test in Christchurch from Saturday. The visitors have already lost the series after losing the first two games.  The upcoming Test will bring an end to Bangladesh’s disastrous tour of New Zealand where they are yet to win a single game. Meanwhile, there are chances of the game being called off after the shooting incident. An official update from New Zealand Cricket is expected soon.

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Bangladesh have already lost the Test series (Credits: Getty)

In case, the Test goes ahead Bangladesh have received some big boost. There Test skipper Mushfiqur Rahim looks likely to play the game after missing the first two games with a wrist injury.

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New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2019, 2nd Test – Statistical Highlights

The host side New Zealand has secured the Test series against Bangladesh by winning the rain-interrupted second Test at Wellington. With this victory, the host side is leading the three-match Test series by 2-0 with one to go.

Although the first two days were entirely washed out, the home team still comfortably managed a dominating victory. After winning the toss, the host side sent Bangladesh to bat first. The visiting side managed to score 211 runs in the first innings before getting all out.

In reply, the host side scored 432/6 before declaring their first innings. At the end of that innings, the Kiwi side were leading by 221 runs. Bangladesh was bundled out for just 209 runs in their second innings and suffered a defeat by an innings and 12 runs.

Brief Scores: Bangladesh – 211 (Tamim Iqbal 74, Liton Das 33; Neil Wagner 4/28) & 209 (Mahmudullah 67, Mohammad Mithun 47; Neil Wagner 5/45)

New Zealand – 432/6 decl. (Ross Taylor 200, Henry Nicholls 107; Abu Jayed 3/94)

Result – New Zealand won by an innings & 12 runs

Here are some of the statistical highlights of the match:

(Teams’ Stats)

Bangladesh

i) Bangladesh played 702 deliveries before losing their 20 wickets in this match.

  • It was the third lowest number of balls faced in a Test match by Bangladesh against New Zealand when they lost all 20 wickets.

 

New Zealand

i) New Zealand declared their first innings on 432/6.

  • It was New Zealand’s fourth highest Test innings total against Bangladesh at home.

 

ii) New Zealand left-arm bowlers picked up a total of 16 wickets in this Test match.

  • It is the most number of wickets taken in a Test match by the New Zealand left-arm bowlers. Their previous record was 15 wickets for twice. 

 

iii) New Zealand won the Test by an innings and 12 runs.

  • It is New Zealand’s smallest victory (by an innings) in their Test history. Their previous smallest was winning by an innings and 13 runs against Zimbabwe at Auckland in 1998. 

 

(Players’ Stats)

Ross Taylor-Henry Nicholls’ partnership

i) During the home team’s first innings, Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls had the 216-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

  •  It was the third highest Test partnership for New Zealand against Bangladesh. 

 

Ross Taylor

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Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Getty Images)

i) At the age of 35 years and 3 days, New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor scored 200 runs off 212 balls.

  • Ross Taylor becomes the oldest New Zealand cricketer to hit a Test double century. The previous record holder was Brendon McCullum who scored his last Test double century at the age of 33 years and 62 days (against Pakistan at Sharjah in 2014). 
  • It was Ross Taylor’s third Test double century. He is the third New Zealand cricketer to hit more than two double centuries in the Test career. Stephen Fleming (three Test double centuries) and Brendon McCullum (four Test double centuries) are the other two Kiwi cricketers to achieve this feat. 

 

Neil Wagner

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Neil Wagner (Image Credit: Getty Images)

i) During Bangladesh’s second innings, New Zealand left-arm pacer Neil Wagner had the bowling figures of 14-4-45-5.

  • It was the second best bowling figures in a Test innings by a New Zealand bowler against Bangladesh in the New Zealand soil. The record is 18.2-2-53-7 by Chris Cairns (at Hamilton in 2001).

 

ii) New Zealand left-arm pacer Neil Wagner had the match bowling figures of 27-8-73-9.

  • It was the second best bowling figures in a Test match by a New Zealand bowler against Bangladesh. The record is 60.4-21-170-12 by the left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori (at Chittagong in 2004). 
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