Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 1st day October 21, 2013

Rain stops play after Tamim misses ton


Bangladesh 228 for 5 (Tamim 95, Mominul 47) v New Zealand
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Continuous rain from the afternoon forced an early end to the first day's play of the Mirpur Test but Bangladesh would see it as a blessing in disguise as it stopped a batting rot from taking larger form. Opener Tamim Iqbal, who fell five runs short of his first century since June 2010, was part of a string of soft dismissals which undermined two impressive sessions with the bat, and hampered the home side's plans of putting up a large first innings score.

The New Zealand bowlers were lucky on three out of the five wickets to fall, but the four-man pace attack worked hard to keep the batsmen on a leash. Neil Wagner, drafted in to replace Bruce Martin, took two wickets and generally looked sprightly. He complemented Trent Boult, the quicker of the two, well and made sure Doug Bracewell's ten expensive overs didn't hurt them too much. Though Bracewell was the most unfortunate, as Tamim was dropped twice - on 5 and 10 - of his bowling.

With his good fortune, Tamim led the way after Bangladesh opted to bat first. He produced some crisp strokes, collecting 17 fours in his 153-ball innings. He was severe on the drive, mainly off the three left-arm seamers, and his deft touches through the leg side and taps through third man were also equally impressive.

His progress into the nineties coincided with a cat-and-mouse game with Kane Williamson at gully. Tamim beat the fielder a few times but five runs short of his century, Williamson leapt sharply to his right to catch a ramp that was intended to go between the wicketkeeper and gully and Tamim's century drought, lasting over three years, continues.

Shakib Al Hasan followed Tamim in the over leading into the tea interval. However, rain arrived five minutes into tea and stumps were called from the umpire's room after the downpour grew steadily heavier in the next hour. The outfield was very wet, an unusual occurrence at Shere Bangla National Stadium, which hosts the best drainage facilities in the country. The weather is expected to remain bleak, with more rain forecast for the remaining four days.

Bangladesh made a good enough start despite losing the early wicket of Anamul Haque, who is yet to make a substantial score in his short Test career. This time he miscued a pull shot off Trent Boult to become the first of three tame dismissals.

The second wicket partnership between Tamim and Marshall Ayub was the high point of the day's batting. Marshall dominated the 67-run stand, striking six fours, and his drives through the off side caught the eye again. But similar to both innings of the Chittagong Test, Marshall fell just when he looked set for a maiden Test fifty. Mominul Haque was the third wicket that was gifted to the oppositon. The ball was so wide that it was a credit that he could edge it. Before the uncharacteristic dismissal, he had made 47 off 59 balls with eight fours.

New Zealand would look to ensure this shift in momentum continues, but with more rain looming, play on the second day looks doubtful.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Sarfin on October 22, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @INDSlider, I've to disagree with you. In recent years Bangladesh have defeated SL and IND in the same series, came close to defeating PAK. Won ODI series against WI. Drawn an away ODI series against SL. But similar stats cannot be presented on behalf of your argument. True, Bangladesh have not made enough progress as expected. Ireland and Afghanistan are good and made great progress in recent times, but do not have similar feats like Bangladesh. Your statement defies logic.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 6:01 GMT


    more then 100cr people but dont have any quality pace bolwer plz oil ur own machine.

  • Sarfin on October 22, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    First session of the second day has shown the magnitude of error by Bangladesh batsmen yesterday. We had a good start thanks to the combination of some brilliant batting, loose bowling and sloppy fielding. But wasted it completely be our top 5. Needed to show more composer. Still the main challenges remain: Kane Williams and Ross Taylor. Add B. Mac with them. Lots of work to be done. Good thing is Raz and Shakib found line from the very first balls and Gazi is getting some good turn.

  • Sarfin on October 22, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Flat pitch, huh? Some people really need to watch the game before commenting. This pitch provided turn from first session, still labelled as flat.

  • Steven on October 22, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    NZ need a solid start here, slow and steady will win this race I think. It would be good to see NZ grind BD down and then pile on the runs, 400+ and we should be in. The major concern with that approach is the weather though! Great to Wagner use pace, bounce, and some agression to knock over the mid/lower order. Nice work Black Caps! Not only are the yelling every ball at the ground, I'm doing so at my work computer in Melbourne! YEEEEAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! a single

  • Amir on October 22, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    As I stated yesterday, I am hoping for a 400 score but BD has a tendency to fold. Unfortunately BD tendency trumped my hopes and we folded like cheap furniture. At least 220 runs out of 280 came in 4s and 6s. That is not test cricket. In tests, you score in singles and doubles, rotate strike to grind out the opposition. You make opposition toil in the field and demoralize them. We play it like ODI. We need to develop our temperament for longer version. We do have better batsmen now than ever before but we need to grind out opposition. However, the pitch is favoring the bowlers a bit, so anything can happen still unless rain wipes out entire day. Go Tigers!

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I wonder how a NZ supporter arguing with us, only one conclusion we can make NZ are team like Kenya or Afganistan that's why they are trying to show their progress. You people playing cricket for 100 years, yet to learn cricketing manner. Shame on you.

  • Fahad on October 22, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Will it be another Nasir to the rescue on Day 2?

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Wow!Sodhi is getting severe turn&bounce from the pitch which is very encouraging for our Bangla spinners like Gazi,Shakib,Razzak

  • Manoj on October 22, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Bangladesh is progressing quite good. But still they are not at the world class. I feel Ireland is one step ahead Bangladesh and Afganistan is at similar class of Bangladesh. Bangladesh batsmen are just ordinary and mediocre. Players like Tamim and Sakib are abundant in our Domestic circuit. Even emerging talent like Pujara, Rahane, Chand and Aparajith are way ahead of them. Razak is below average and Gazi is over-hyped. They are well below Jadeja, Mishra and Ashwin. Cricinfo could you publish at least this time.