Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 1st day October 9, 2013

Bangladesh hit back after Williamson century

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New Zealand 280 for 5 (Williamson 114, Fulton 73) v Bangladesh
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kane Williamson and Peter Fulton were looking quite comfortable, until the Bangladesh spinners found their mojo in the final hour. New Zealand went to stumps on 280 for 5, having lost their last three wickets in 10.1 overs in the first Test in Chittagong.

After controlled batting had kept all three spinners out of the game on a newly-laid pitch, the fourth and the fifth wickets came in the last two overs, when Williamson, having made 114, and captain Brendon McCullum were adjudged leg-before to Shakib Al Hasan and Abdur Razzak respectively.

The visitors' progress throughout the day was a fair reflection of the conditions. There was no pace in the wicket even at its freshest, and it didn't change much throughout the day. But the two batsmen, as well as Hamish Rutherford and later Ross Taylor, made friends with the straw-coloured surface quicker than the bowlers would have hoped.

Bangladesh included Abdur Razzak for his first Test match in more than two years in hopes of fielding a more rounded attack and just after the first hour, all three spinners had been brought in. But the wickets did not materialise.

The swiftness with which the New Zealand top four acclimatised must have been encouraging for the next batsmen. Williamson was the most impressive, adjusting quickly as if he suddenly remembered how he had scored his first ODI hundred in Dhaka. Even then, his timing was noticeable.

Today he was as tight in defence as he was forceful when the ball was off line. Coming at the back of a first wicket which was needlessly given away by Rutherford, Williamson avoided rash strokeplay. A backfoot dab through mid-on off the first ball he faced, from Shakib Al Hasan, was perhaps the most elegant shot of the day, but the best one of his 12 boundaries came four balls later - another light punch off the back foot to turn the ball past mid-wicket. The two shots set him up for the rest of the innings, as the Bangladesh spinners struggled to push the ball through, or use the slow nature of the wicket to their benefit.

Williamson's next seven boundaries were all examples of how a batsman's patience is more often than not rewarded. A majority of them were off short balls, as the bowlers lost their discipline, and soon he reached his half-century off 94 balls.

Fulton struggled early on when he repeatedly tried to work the ball in front of the leg side. But after surviving some close calls, he too reached his first fifty since his twin centuries against England in Auckland. His 73 came off 198 balls, with seven fours and a six as he became increasingly comfortable knocking the spinners around, finding the gaps and bringing out the sweep shot once in a while. It was a slow innings, but one that laid the foundation for New Zealand's dominance on the day.

Their 126-run stand - New Zealand's highest for the second wicket in Bangladesh - wasn't exactly unexpected because the hosts are used to being on the backfoot when bowling first. But given their attack, it was expected that the pair would be forced into a mistake, which eventually came off Nasir Hossain's part-time off spin. Fulton had a century in his sights when he smashed a half-tracker straight to cover and walked off the field looking very distraught.

Williamson reached his century off 175 balls, a confident knock that was pleasing to the eyes, particularly when he punched the ball off either foot. But it was his strong-willed defence that contributed to his innings the most.

Along with Ross Taylor, he added 61 runs for the third wicket, which ended when Taylor's flick found a leading edge and fell safely into cover's hands while Rutherford, the day's first wicket, was another batsman being defeated by his own impetuousness.

Williamson was dismissed for 114, having batted more than four hours. His forward prod at Shakib missed the bat, and he was given out leg-before in the penultimate over of the day. McCullum fell in the final over, having played back while trying to flick a ball off Razzak, who was bowling quicker than he had done all day.

Despite the five wickets, the day's play promises much for New Zealand looking ahead in the series. They started off quite well on a new surface, which might not impress their pace bowlers much. The plan from the home side would be to diminish the pace and movement of Trent Boult and Doug Bracewell, and hope the wicket gets better as the match progresses.

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

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  • on October 9, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Bangladesh has done very well by not selecting the likes of Shahadath Hossain and Jahurul Islam who have been a consistent let down. Although Rubel Hossain is a whole hearted performer i do think he needs to be replaced in the next Test match by Taskin Ahmed the reason being the opening bowlers need to work in tandem when one of them contains the run flow the other is able to look for wickets. I do not understand why Bangladesh produced such a flat pitch today, if our strength is in spin then we should employ it. There is no shame in relying in spin to win matches and the last time i looked in the cricketing rules it was perfectly legal.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 10, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Well done bangladesh, restricting nz possibly under 400 when 500 was on the cards early on is a good effort and their spinners did the damage as expected, i'd say nz are ahead and bangladesh will have to bat well because i'd hate to be batting last on that deck, which is just getting lower and slower so advantage is still with nz. Gutted for anderson i really want him to succeed at test level, having a quality allrounder in your team is priceless, it gives the captain so many options, speaking of captains, mccullum will be on shakey ground when ryder returns, as a batter he probably doesn't even rank in the top 15 at first class level in nz in terms of averages and it shows at test level, he'd be your first pick in odi's and t20 but without the gloves in tests im not convinced.

  • Rashed1233 on October 10, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    NZ are recovering well.......BD should rap up them quickly.....

  • on October 10, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    @Michael Kent: I would have to agree with you there, it is time for BMac to stand up as a batsman and produce consistent runs in the middle order. Steve Waugh and Steven Fleming were great leaders who still scored runs and he should learn from their example or hand over the reigns to KW and let a better batsmen take his place.

  • on October 10, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    What's with the whinging ppl? If you're playing in BD, SL, IND and PAK, expect flat and slow pitches. It's just the way those pitches are prepared. Every pitch is unique and that's what makes them special. Wouldn't be cricket if it wasn't.

  • huffpost on October 9, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    @roketman....ur comments seem ridiculous because they are not fact based... issue 1: you say india got test status in 1932..At that time pakistan bangladesh and India were all one country under British rule...you cannot separate them...from 1947 to 1971..pakistan and bangladesh were one and the same...so your logic doesnt apply. issue2: so in 4 worldcups since 1996, india entered 2 finals and won one wc and sl entered 2 finals and won nothing. fact is india has dominated SL in the last 15 years...check the espn stats...and India is the only subcontinet team that has won tests in aus,eng,sa, nz and WI..

  • BOND_OO7 on October 9, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Albert Campbell @ talking about guts ??? before you beg our board to send our team to SA , make sure and be sure to tell your board to acquire all the courage and guts that are needed to invite us first.

  • warneneverchuck on October 9, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @ roketman india was whitewashed by aus and eng then pak was whitewashed by SA sl by aus eng was whitewashed by pak and aus by india recently. All teams except sa were whitewashed. At least india has wc in 20 over and 50 overs cricket and no. 1 test ranking to show in last 10 years. What teams like sa and eng has is no wc victory tillnow and thats fact.

  • warneneverchuck on October 9, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @ albert cambell we all know what happend to your great team in wc in india couldnt reach even semis and recently held chamions trophy where SA was humiliated once again. We all know how they play in big tournaments. Coming to test cricket I hope u remember how india played last time ther in SA. Bottom lime is SA can never win a cricket world cup

  • Htc-Android on October 9, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    This is not a flat pitch. A scoreline reading 280-5 for in day 1 is not necessarily a flat pitch. The captain should be blamed for handling his bowlers poorly. Many BD fans say that Shakib will be leading the Spin attack, but he got only 8 overs to bowl. But I defend their decision to play 2 seamers to make use of the new ball. There is no point of playing with 11 spinners in one team. Mainly because you cant use them effectively.

  • on October 9, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Bangladesh has done very well by not selecting the likes of Shahadath Hossain and Jahurul Islam who have been a consistent let down. Although Rubel Hossain is a whole hearted performer i do think he needs to be replaced in the next Test match by Taskin Ahmed the reason being the opening bowlers need to work in tandem when one of them contains the run flow the other is able to look for wickets. I do not understand why Bangladesh produced such a flat pitch today, if our strength is in spin then we should employ it. There is no shame in relying in spin to win matches and the last time i looked in the cricketing rules it was perfectly legal.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 10, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Well done bangladesh, restricting nz possibly under 400 when 500 was on the cards early on is a good effort and their spinners did the damage as expected, i'd say nz are ahead and bangladesh will have to bat well because i'd hate to be batting last on that deck, which is just getting lower and slower so advantage is still with nz. Gutted for anderson i really want him to succeed at test level, having a quality allrounder in your team is priceless, it gives the captain so many options, speaking of captains, mccullum will be on shakey ground when ryder returns, as a batter he probably doesn't even rank in the top 15 at first class level in nz in terms of averages and it shows at test level, he'd be your first pick in odi's and t20 but without the gloves in tests im not convinced.

  • Rashed1233 on October 10, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    NZ are recovering well.......BD should rap up them quickly.....

  • on October 10, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    @Michael Kent: I would have to agree with you there, it is time for BMac to stand up as a batsman and produce consistent runs in the middle order. Steve Waugh and Steven Fleming were great leaders who still scored runs and he should learn from their example or hand over the reigns to KW and let a better batsmen take his place.

  • on October 10, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    What's with the whinging ppl? If you're playing in BD, SL, IND and PAK, expect flat and slow pitches. It's just the way those pitches are prepared. Every pitch is unique and that's what makes them special. Wouldn't be cricket if it wasn't.

  • huffpost on October 9, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    @roketman....ur comments seem ridiculous because they are not fact based... issue 1: you say india got test status in 1932..At that time pakistan bangladesh and India were all one country under British rule...you cannot separate them...from 1947 to 1971..pakistan and bangladesh were one and the same...so your logic doesnt apply. issue2: so in 4 worldcups since 1996, india entered 2 finals and won one wc and sl entered 2 finals and won nothing. fact is india has dominated SL in the last 15 years...check the espn stats...and India is the only subcontinet team that has won tests in aus,eng,sa, nz and WI..

  • BOND_OO7 on October 9, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Albert Campbell @ talking about guts ??? before you beg our board to send our team to SA , make sure and be sure to tell your board to acquire all the courage and guts that are needed to invite us first.

  • warneneverchuck on October 9, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @ roketman india was whitewashed by aus and eng then pak was whitewashed by SA sl by aus eng was whitewashed by pak and aus by india recently. All teams except sa were whitewashed. At least india has wc in 20 over and 50 overs cricket and no. 1 test ranking to show in last 10 years. What teams like sa and eng has is no wc victory tillnow and thats fact.

  • warneneverchuck on October 9, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    @ albert cambell we all know what happend to your great team in wc in india couldnt reach even semis and recently held chamions trophy where SA was humiliated once again. We all know how they play in big tournaments. Coming to test cricket I hope u remember how india played last time ther in SA. Bottom lime is SA can never win a cricket world cup

  • Htc-Android on October 9, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    This is not a flat pitch. A scoreline reading 280-5 for in day 1 is not necessarily a flat pitch. The captain should be blamed for handling his bowlers poorly. Many BD fans say that Shakib will be leading the Spin attack, but he got only 8 overs to bowl. But I defend their decision to play 2 seamers to make use of the new ball. There is no point of playing with 11 spinners in one team. Mainly because you cant use them effectively.

  • Albert_cambell on October 9, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @Imsrk. If they play more matches at home flat tracks, they can reach higher ranking. If your cricket board has real guts, then tell them to send your team to SA to play with us.we will get your team bowled out under 50.

  • Tanvir2012 on October 9, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Rubel maybe a better option in ODI but not for test . I think bringing some old pace bowlers like Tapash Baisya in test would be a good choice .

  • r0ketman on October 9, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    @Imsrk: "far ahead of all other teams from subcontinent in ranking since long back". Two issues with that statement. Issue number 1: India got test status in 1932, more than 20 years ahead of the nearest Asian team Pakistan. SL got status in 1982, BD got status in 2001. So your statement, while maybe true (it's not, see below), does not say anything about the quality of the team. If you have been playing any sport for 80 years, and you are not better than team that just started playing 10 years ago, your team should just quit playing. Issue number 2: SL has been a much better ODI team in the recent past, based on WC results. SL has consistently won or reached the final of the WC since 1996. As for test ranking, India was ranked number 1 in 1973, right before they got thrashed by England which included being bowled out for 34 in an inning. Last time India was ranked number 1 in test, they went 0-8 against England and Australia. So what is your point actually?

  • WorldWideCricket on October 9, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    @PAK_cricifan: I am a Bangladeshi Cricket Fan and I 100% agree with you. With this pace attack, it will be difficult (and impossible) to win a TEST match. BCB should know this by now. As a fan, I am confused about their willingness to improve pace attack. Making flat/spin friendly pitches all the time wont do any good to BD team. We will be bottom of the heap rest of our life if we do not improve our pace attack.

  • on October 9, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    There is no point whatsoever picking Rubel anymore. The likes of Al-Amin or Taskin Ahmed should be given the opportunity.

  • P.BIPULKUMAR on October 9, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    I don`t understand Why rubel is playing ? I suport Mominul instead of Naeem at no 4 bcs he is a talent yet to prosperous , in later`s case there is nothing in him to give at the highest level. Since Bangladesh`s track record is not good against major nations , have to give chances to new comers to write new history .

  • PAK_CricFan on October 9, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    BD look desperate for wickets rather showing some patience by bowling good lines & lengths which can make life more hard for NZ batsmen... anyways i think if NZ can win next session/morning session again then they'll be in strong position... on the other side then BD batsmen need to respond well. also with these pace resources BD cant win Test matches in present or future.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 9, 2013, 16:41 GMT

    why is Naeem not playing? What has this guy done wrong? Same treatment for Nazmul as well... everytime these 2 play well they get overlooked!

  • on October 9, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    I think BD did just fine at the end of the day. Now what they need to do is finish NZ under 350 in the first season than bat 2 days with a lead of at least 170/180. we will have 2 days left and in a strong position with winning chance

  • Captainman on October 9, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    Unfortunately Bangladesh lost the toss which was clearly going to be good for batting for the first few days but they did pick up 3 late wickets which was crucial for them leaving it poised. Seamers from both sides will struggle as the pitch looks to appear getting slower and lower every session. How Bangladesh bats will decide where the game will be going.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 9, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Rubel Hossain test record - 17 tests - 25 wickets at over 75 lol him and Shahadat shouldn't be anywhere near the team again. Try new deserving guys like Al-Amin, Zia, Sajidul etc.

  • SaroarIslam on October 9, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    Late strike gave BD edge on the 1st the. .the game is now equaly balance. .hope for an exciting match. .best of BD boyz

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on October 9, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    Rubel Hossain always been ineffective pacer , he can get wicket only with luck, he is noway appropriate for test . Couldnt Bd find some better pacer than him ? Even that new guy ziaur rahman more effective than him .

  • tauhid_aks on October 9, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Well I knew this would happen. New Zealand were much better prepared against spin this time. Before the series, my Bangladeshi brothers criticised me for being too negative, but this is the truth, while we have a decent spin attack, New Zealand are a different side now. The late wickets have brought us back but still, fingers crossed.

  • jimbond on October 9, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    I suppose one shouldn't prepare pitches hoping to win the toss. Should be interesting to watch Bangladesh bat in the fourth innings. Rahim can, but I dont know if anyone else among the BD batsmen can be patient and bat for long. The other guy who could do it possibly was Mahmudullah, but he is out of the team. If NZ reach 400, it will be fun to watch this test.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 9, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    I don't understand why some people have to bring India here. This is a test between NZ & BD guys so stay on topic. It doesn't matter what bowler India has or had neither it matters if they have better bowler than us or not. Anyway I'd say NZ is still ahead of Bangladesh. They've a strong batting line up. Most of their lower order have played big innings in domestic cricket and BD has the habit of giving away run to tailenders. Tomo gonna be interesting. If BD wanna have a shot at win they have to get rid of all five wickets before lunch. Good Luck

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    All is well that ends well!!!

  • on October 9, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    McCullem continues to be unreliable. If he can't turn into a more consistant batsman and make 40-60 every 2 out of three innings, he hasn't got a place in the team (unless he goes back to keeping wicket

  • FirojAlam on October 9, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    This game is going to be very intersting from tomorrow. Bangladesh can get in any time, I think. If BD can restrct NZ in 350, Bangladesh will get a lead....

  • warneneverchuck on October 9, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    @ tahmid whether india has great bowlers or not, stil they r no. 1 in odi and no. 3 in test and far ahead of all other teams from subcontinent in ranking since long back

  • on October 9, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    @bigdhonifan: well those are top bowlers of india but you cannot say they are world class fast bowlers like macgra or alan Donald or even del stein. zahir khan and srinath were merely fast bowlers. They are medium pacers. I don't mean to say thwy were bad, they were good and consistent. But the point of discussion is subcontinent oitch is slow thus there comes more spinners than pacers. For the same reason subcontinent batsman are not that confident when they play fast pitches in SA or England. Same gies for them. English players don't have spinning tracks much so they are weak in this area but they're not sporting to acknowledge this ...all they want us to have their wicket all around the world.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 9, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Sad to see this kind of pitch. Could've quite easily been 350/1 today or something had New Zealand not gifted the wickets. New Zealand's Fulton and Williamson batted fluently today so credit to them. Bangladesh bowling was wayward and Rahim captaincy was below ordinary and too defensive. Robiul should've bowled more but captain didn't allow him for some silly reason. Rubel Hossain is a very poor fast bowler. His bowling average is almost a ridiculous 80.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 9, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    Kiwiricketnut makes a valid point. Very disappointed why Bangladesh prepared a flat wicket by the looks of it. You're not facing Pakistan or West Indies Narine and Ajmal or something. The purpose of Test Cricket is a good contest between bat and ball but today it was clearly a batsman game and New Zealand wickets were basically gifted and Bangladesh should consider themselves lucky they picked up 3 late wickets. Some people on here are right that Bangladesh are living off that Sri Lanka drawn test and that's actually bad. These pitches will just cause injuries to our bowlers and at this rate Bangladesh will never win a test match against a top 8 team. Should've been a ranked turner from day 1.

  • bigdhonifan on October 9, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    @Tahmid H Siddiqui No world class bowlers? Do you know about Zaheer Khan or Javagal Srinath?

  • Hafiz_55 on October 9, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    This is the first day of match. In test match game changes its color often. I hope it will be a exciting cricket match to watch.

  • lukecannon on October 9, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Finally some real cricket.. and they dont show it on TV.. People are so interested in Champions league but havent got time to broadcast a test series.. Pathetic. Game is evenly poised.. should be a very interesting second day.

  • Thriller_Tiger on October 9, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I don't know even the newly laid pitch of ZA Stadium is flat or not. If this is flat, why are the criticisms? When India or Lankans does it, it's their strategy but if Bangladesh does it, it's their weakness! I really don't understand the mass cricket fans!

  • Rashed1233 on October 9, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Bangladesh, through late but finds their spirit.......hope they hit hard tomorrow morning...........

  • Bishop on October 9, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    3 wickets lost in the couple of overs before a break (Fulton before tea, KW and Baz before stumps). NZ really need to look at this as it happened quite often against England earlier this year as well. Still, credit to BD for fighting their way back into the match. Sets tomorrow up nicely...

  • on October 9, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    I`m very sorry to say that the way some guy`s are talking .... either they knows nothing about the cricket or they want to attack BD intentionally. You are talking about the pitch, tell me one thing that, is NZ have any pitch where spinners can take advantage? We can see fast bouncy pitch at NZ so as SA. You can find same kind of wicket in India as like BD and India has no world class fast bowler accept Kapil. This is the condition all about in subcontinent. Please don`t say anything what you don`t know at all ... take a look at the match and please comment after finish the match. NZ batted really well today and at the end of the BD bowlers bounce back. it should be a competitive cricket match.

  • Rana38 on October 9, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Thanks God,Marshal Ayub gets chance at last & hope he will continue for BD at number 3 position.It is a brave decision to play Abdur Razzak in the place of Mahmudulla and i support it.Hope can restrict Nz as early as possible because top 5 batsmans already gone to their hut ,Bd can take a flying start by bat in the form of Tamim,Anamul,Marshal.......

  • tiger1984 on October 9, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    A good come back and if they can fold these kiwi line in the first session then we have a cracker of game

  • on October 9, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    NZ is playing well, but Bangladesh hits back at the end.... It's gonna be a Tight match, full of excitement. ^_^

  • on October 9, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    BD should learn from Zimbabwe. Prepare some unprepared wicket where both teams have enough change...

  • on October 9, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Ban re finding the going tough,maybe their trump card spinner Gazi need to start firing hard otherwise the game is heavily poised for a huge NZ win.

  • CrICkeeet on October 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Discovery channel could show an analysis-based program about bangladesh think tanks... i thought they gonna make a spin bowling track... but looks lyk its a super flat one :) mayb they r wanting a match jst lyk they got in srilanka.. (where they drawn the test) lolz lolz

  • humi_cric on October 9, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I am surprised to see the wicket, absolutely nothing for bowlers, NZ 225/2 and am expecting a 450 + score from NZ. Why they prepared wicket like this? If really Tigers then must go for the kill ----- too much defensive approach, or may be draw against NZ is equal to Victory for you.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 9, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Bangladesh are only hurting themselves producing wickets like this. The best teams from every era had great pace attacks, bangladesh will never have a great pace attack with wickets like this, are these wickets really just playing to their supposed strength of spin or are they just trying to nulify opposition pace attacks, either way it is detramental to their cricket, bangladesh need to produce more balanced wickets that have something in it for both spin and pace, they will produce better batters from it and hopefully some decent quick bowlers, if they keep making roads like this they will always be at the bottom of the heap.

  • abhi.khanna on October 9, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Is It Live Anywhere On Any Channel? Can't FinD Anybody Showing The Game

  • on October 9, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    This is a totally revamped Kiwi side. With Fulton and Rutherford at the top finally they found a good opening pair and the future of Kiwi cricket Williamson, as well as McCullum, Taylor and Anderson. Really nice set up there.

  • on October 9, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Bangladesh are a funny team. Spin is their strength and the opposition is vulnerable to spin and neither have good spinners themselves yet prepare an absolute road. Test Cricket is simply not for them. Either a draw or New Zealand will win this. And they call themselves the Tigers. More like Cats :)

  • sirnayem on October 9, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    best of luck to our heroes! I am not disappoint to see Mahmudullah out of the team but not so happy to see him replaced by Mominul Huq.. This place might be awarded to Naeem against his local performance! so far so good..just keep your patience and keep playing ..

  • Rafelgibt on October 9, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Really disappointed to see the BAN team.I think major mistakes have been done by the BAN think tank.How can we play with 2 pacers where spinners have to bowl 85% of the BAN innings?? So, RUBEL shouldn't be included in the main 11 and MAHMUDULLAH should be replaced him.Again, how MOMINUL can be win over NAEEM (Best batsman in BAN for the longer version) to place in the team.But BEST WISHES are always with BAN team.Hope they would prove me awfully wrong.Roar TIGERS Roar>>>>

  • Rafelgibt on October 9, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Really disappointed to see the BAN team.I think major mistakes have been done by the BAN think tank.How can we play with 2 pacers where spinners have to bowl 85% of the BAN innings?? So, RUBEL shouldn't be included in the main 11 and MAHMUDULLAH should be replaced him.Again, how MOMINUL can be win over NAEEM (Best batsman in BAN for the longer version) to place in the team.But BEST WISHES are always with BAN team.Hope they would prove me awfully wrong.Roar TIGERS Roar>>>>

  • sirnayem on October 9, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    best of luck to our heroes! I am not disappoint to see Mahmudullah out of the team but not so happy to see him replaced by Mominul Huq.. This place might be awarded to Naeem against his local performance! so far so good..just keep your patience and keep playing ..

  • on October 9, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Bangladesh are a funny team. Spin is their strength and the opposition is vulnerable to spin and neither have good spinners themselves yet prepare an absolute road. Test Cricket is simply not for them. Either a draw or New Zealand will win this. And they call themselves the Tigers. More like Cats :)

  • on October 9, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    This is a totally revamped Kiwi side. With Fulton and Rutherford at the top finally they found a good opening pair and the future of Kiwi cricket Williamson, as well as McCullum, Taylor and Anderson. Really nice set up there.

  • abhi.khanna on October 9, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Is It Live Anywhere On Any Channel? Can't FinD Anybody Showing The Game

  • kiwicricketnut on October 9, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Bangladesh are only hurting themselves producing wickets like this. The best teams from every era had great pace attacks, bangladesh will never have a great pace attack with wickets like this, are these wickets really just playing to their supposed strength of spin or are they just trying to nulify opposition pace attacks, either way it is detramental to their cricket, bangladesh need to produce more balanced wickets that have something in it for both spin and pace, they will produce better batters from it and hopefully some decent quick bowlers, if they keep making roads like this they will always be at the bottom of the heap.

  • humi_cric on October 9, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    I am surprised to see the wicket, absolutely nothing for bowlers, NZ 225/2 and am expecting a 450 + score from NZ. Why they prepared wicket like this? If really Tigers then must go for the kill ----- too much defensive approach, or may be draw against NZ is equal to Victory for you.

  • CrICkeeet on October 9, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Discovery channel could show an analysis-based program about bangladesh think tanks... i thought they gonna make a spin bowling track... but looks lyk its a super flat one :) mayb they r wanting a match jst lyk they got in srilanka.. (where they drawn the test) lolz lolz

  • on October 9, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    Ban re finding the going tough,maybe their trump card spinner Gazi need to start firing hard otherwise the game is heavily poised for a huge NZ win.

  • on October 9, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    BD should learn from Zimbabwe. Prepare some unprepared wicket where both teams have enough change...