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Bangladesh in New Zealand, 2007-08

Bulletin

Records tumble as Bangladesh dominate day 2

5 January 2008

An all-round display by Bangladesh on the field ended a memorable day of Test cricket for the Tigers at University Oval in Dunedin today. First they overturned a strong New Zealand start with ball and later a record 148 run partnership between debutant openers Tamim Iqbal (72*) and Zunaed Siddique (69*) sealed the day for Bangladesh.

The domination was scripted by two debutants who showed no nerves under pressure and was well directed by Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful who took some positive captaincy decisions to turn the match around for the Tigers.

Debutants Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddique scripted the astonishing fightback at Dunedin

Debutants Tamim Iqbal and Zunaed Siddique scripted the astonishing fightback at Dunedin

New Zealand had the first laugh at the start of the day 2 of the first Test as returning opener Matthew Bell completed his second Test century and formed a 139 run partnership with another century man Jacob Oram. At that point New Zealand were well ahead and aiming to bat Bangladesh out of the match. Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful provided the crucial breakthrough and trapped Bell in front to trigger the resurgence of Bangladesh. Queenstown record-maker McCullum soon followed Bell when he edged Ashraful to first slip and Bangladesh team got the inspiration to strangle the Kiwis in the middle.

Ashraful’s double strike was followed by a new ball burst by Bangladesh pace spearhead Mashrafe Mortaza who picked Oram and Mills with consecutive deliveries in the first over the 2nd new ball. Shahadat Hossain soon joined the party and picked Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori before Mashrafe cleaned up the tail to bundle New Zealand out for 357. This is the first time Tigers bowled any opposition out in Test cricket since the famous Fatullah Test in April 2006.

After the bowlers heroics, it was all Tamim-Zunaed fairy-tale batting which left New Zealand guessing for the rest part of the day. Tamim was once reprieved by Mathew Sinclair off Daniel Vettori on his way to record consecutive fifties in Test debut while Zunaed produced a chanceless display to earn his maiden test fifty on debut.

Both openers started positively on a slow track and didn’t hesitate to put the bad balls away for crispy boundaries as Bangladesh raced to 50 in the 10th over of the 2nd innings. The application and techniques were lot better compared to the first innings and New Zealand bowlers had no answers to their astonishing fight back. After a breezy start, they didn’t get carried away and started to build the innings with singles and doubles to frustrate the Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori who could only rotate his bowlers but his much desired breakthrough remained elusive.

On their way to 148 run opening partnership, Tamim and Zunaed have re-written 3 major records for Bangladesh at Test level. Apart from being the highest opening stand, this is the first instance when two debutants openers scored fifties in the same innings for Bangladesh in Test cricket. This is also the highest partnership for Bangladesh in any wicket outside the sub-continent, not to mention against New Zealand as well.

Today Bangladesh have won two out of three sessions and reduced New Zealand first innings lead of 220 to 72, but tomorrow will be the vital day for the Tigers to push New Zealand in the back foot in the Test match and further press on for the ever elusive away Test victory. They are well placed with 10 wickets in hand, there is no venom in the wicket and the confidence is there, the only thing they require is a bit of application and may be a shade of luck.

  • Khondaker Mirazur Rahman
 
 

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