Bangladesh v NZ, 1st Test, Chittagong, 2nd day October 10, 2013

Watling ton puts New Zealand in charge


New Zealand 469 (Watling 103, Boult 52*) v Bangladesh 103 for 2 (Mominul 77*, Boult 1-5)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

New Zealand were braced to defend a below-par first innings score in the first session of the second day. BJ Watling and Trent Boult slowly developed a mischievous plan that has been repeated seven times already this year. They fended off the Bangladesh bowlers first, then got comfortable, soon they were dominating the attack and New Zealand were in charge of the Chittagong Test.

Watling and Boult, the tenth wicket pair, added 127 runs. It shot their total up from 342 for 9 to 469 all out by the end of the second session. Watling completed a second Test century off 171 balls. He was finally dismissed for 103 while Boult was unbeaten on 52 - the fifteenth time a No. 11 has made a half-century in Tests.

The visitors added 189 runs on the last day, after which Bangladesh went to stumps at 103 for 2 with Mominul Haque, on 77 off 71 balls, and debutant Marshall Ayub at the crease.

But the home side were shaken by New Zealand's late charge, and it was evident in how they lost two wickets in the first 3.3 overs. Opener Tamim Iqbal chased a slightly full ball while Anamul Haque was done by Doug Bracewell's predictable inward movement. Mominul and Ayub, however, stopped the rot till the end of day's play, as they added 95 runs for the third wicket.

It was Tamim's first-ever golden duck, and the shot he played wasn't much of a surprise. It is one that has fetched him boundaries throughout his career, but here Boult got the ball to move slightly towards the slips. Kane Williamson, fresh from two sessions of rest, took a fine catch at gully that greatly delighted captain Brendon McCullum.

Anamul had survived an edge to slip off a no-ball off the sixth ball of the innings from Doug Bracewell. But it wasn't for too long, as he was done by the same bowler's in-ducker that was as predictable as Anamul's gap between bat and pad.

But as Ayub's confidence grew after a few overs when he looked genuinely nervous. He left and ducked any delivery that shouldn't be bothered with, playing only those within his reach as he mostly defended and letting Mominul do the scoring.

Quite different than his usual dour method of batting, Mominul went after New Zealand who committed the mistake of bowling too wide to him at first and then too full. He latched onto Bruce Martin's left-arm spin, taking him for three boundaries in a row in his first over. In the next over, he struck Bracewell for three more on either side of the ground. There were six more boundaries, and each one in front of the wicket.

He completed his third half-century off 36 balls, the second fastest for Bangladesh. Ayub supported him quite well for a debutant but they are still some ways short of doing what Boult and Watling did for the first half the day.

The duo put on the fourth-highest final wicket stand for New Zealand, and also the second-highest against Bangladesh, after the 133 added by Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan in 2004.

Watling was the more technical of the two, but didn't have to sweat too much when he left Boult on strike. Boult was severe on the Bangladesh spinners, particularly Shakib Al Hasan who was struck twice for sixes over deep midwicket.

Watling also survived an early let-off when he was on four. Rubel Hossain, who had bounced out nightwatchman Bruce Martin for the first wicket of the day, was celebrating when Nasir Hossain safely held an edge from Watling at gully but a replay asked by the on-field umpires confirmed a no-ball by Rubel, who has been quite regular in stepping over the line.

Razzak bowled the most, 55 overs, taking three for 147. Sohag Gazi took two wickets while there was one each for Rubel, Nasir and Mominul.

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

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  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    @Legaleagle....interesting fact for you New Zealand 's first Test win was 45 matches and 26 years later their test debut and compared to Bangladesh that took 10 more tests and in 21 more years!!! imagine they must have had two-three generation of cricketers who have never seen their country won.....If you ask me that is pathetic bro!

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    I understand the feelings about BMac as a batman, but why Ronchi as a replacement? There were some big runs scored in last summers domestic season so why not give some high scoring youngster a shot and build some long term plans around him and Williamson. KW is starting to really live up to his promise as a batsman and I believe he should also be Captain. He is only a year younger than Fleming was when he became captain and SF was once of our longest serving captains ever.

  • paul on October 11, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Big Max...down the order is the only place for Bmac but yes you are correct, unless he starts to get some runs soon ,his position as a batsman in the top six must come under a cloud...shamefully, I feel others will miss out to keep him in the side....he is at present a passenger..on the side..if I was a certain off spinner in the NZ side, I wouldn't be rushing to bowl in aussie at present...

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Match has already resumed. Why isn't cricinfo updating the score? Is it stunned and immobilized by Sachin Tendulkar's retirement? Hello, other nations play Test cricket as well

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    3rd day will be so important for Bangladesh. If Bangladesh can get close to 450 and can bowl out NZ on 4th day, there is a good chance of winning the test match... Let's see what happens.. To ensure that Bangladesh will not lose, today's first two sessions are much critical.. NZ spinners are not any quality bowler, NZ must miss Vittori...

  • KH. RAFIQUE on October 11, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Day 2 was really disappointing for BAN fans.Specially, how Tamim(Very big mouth but not with the BAT) and Anamul(Surprises me with heavy lack of footwork how he got 100s in UK,AUS soil) got themselves out.In DAY 3 our target would be to avoid follow on but that doesnt mean we have to play like ODIs and get the runs.Batsmen must make a mindset that they are going to consume at laest 100 balls and remain not out for 2 sessions of play.If we can do that then we might have a very good chance to DRAW the TEST match.Otherwise defeat is coming up.Batsmen are you listening???

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 1:21 GMT

    Next test this needs to be the line-up. Tamim Iqbal, Naeem Islam ,Mominul Haque ,Marshall Ayub ,Mushfiqur Rahim ,Shakib al Hasan ,Nasir Hossain ,Mohammadullah/Razzak ,Sohag Gazi ,Robiul Islam ,Al-amin Hossain. Anamul reserved for limited overs. Depending on how batting held out either Mohammadullah or Razzak should be included. Rubel should return to the domestic level where he is sort of decent.

  • Babaji on October 11, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Bangladesh fans are already looking for excuses in umpiring, pitch, selectors, New Zealand but their pathetic team. Bangladesh is a burden on cricket.

    @Cricket_is_unpopular- why do you bother coming on cricinfo? The only team that makes cricket unpopular is Bangladesh.

  • Eddie on October 11, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    NZ have to find a spot for Ronchi. Play him as a batsmen only. McCullum will never live up to his potential and is hiding down the order

  • Eddie on October 11, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    Can New Zealand seriously not find a spot for Luke Ronchi in the middle order? Play him as a batsmen only. Surely he could do better than some of the crud in that Kiwi middle order. McCullum should stop hiding and move up the order and actually live up to his potential. Taylor should be first drop