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Bangladesh in New Zealand, 2010


Bangladesh fight back against Black Caps

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.


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