17 February 2010
Bangladesh offered an impressive response to New Zealand's massive total on day three of the first Test in Hamilton on Wednesday. A brilliant century by Mahmudullah (115) helped Bangladesh to regain the lost ground as they slipped at one stage to 6 for 196.
Mahmudullah combined with Shakib Al Hasan (87) for a 145-run seventh-wicket partnership and averted the follow-on for the Tigers.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was controversially declared out when he edged a Chris Martin delivery which fell well short of Brendon McCullum, but the Kiwi keeper claimed the catch against the spirit of the game. On-field umpires took McCullum's words and didn't refer the incident to the third umpire. This can well be the decisive moment of the Test match as Bangladesh were well on-course to match New Zealand total before this unfortunate cheating by Black Caps keeper.
The Tigers finally got all-out for 408 runs conceding a 145 run first innings deficit. New Zealand batted only 5 overs in their 2nd innings before bad light stopped play. They scored 9 runs with the loss of opener Watling who was smartly run-out by Shakib Al Hasan. Bangladesh now face an up-hill struggle to save the Hamilton Test with Kiwis lead by 154 runs with 9 wicket remaining in the 2nd innings.