Bangladesh v NZ, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day

Mominul maiden ton leads steady build

The Report by Mohammad Isam

October 11, 2013

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Bangladesh 380 for 7 (Mominul 181, Anderson 2-23) trail New Zealand 469 (Williamson 114, Watling 103) by 89 runs
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Mominul Haque goes for the slog, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, October 11, 2013
The Bangladesh middle order batted well around Mominul Haque's 181 © Associated Press
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Mominul Haque wiped away any doubts about his place in the Test line-up with an authoritative 181 that helped Bangladesh make significant progress towards New Zealand's first innings score of 469. His innings is the third highest score by a Bangladeshi batsman, and it was an innings that was his first serious expression of a calculative approach.

At stumps, the home side was 380 for 7, with Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak at the crease. Nasir Hossain was the last of the recognised batsman to be dismissed, which means that the tail would have to bat around Gazi, who is on 28.

Despite some natural wear and tear on the wicket, there haven't been many balls that caused alarm. At best there was a sense of bemusement when some of the deliveries bounced twice or thrice on their way to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. This was predicted, and so was assistance to spin. But it hasn't materialised yet, much to the dissatisfaction of Bruce Martin and Ish Sodhi.

Mominul dictated terms for the six hours he spent at the crease, picking up where he left off overnight. Five fours came off the first 27 deliveries he faced, which got him to the century. He had to survive a couple of close calls when he edged a few and skied one towards deep point, but reached the mark off 98 balls.

Though his pace slowed - taking another 100 balls to get to 150 - Mominul made key contributions to a 126-run third wicket stand with Marshall Ayub, 46 runs for the fourth wicket with Shakib Al Hasan and another 121 with captain Mushfiqur Rahim for the fifth wicket.

Mushfiqur struck 67 off 119 balls with ten fours and two sixes, having dominated the proceedings and making the New Zealand bowlers go through their toughest phase in the afternoon sessions.

Mominul was clever as he kept one end up, consolidating his position and creeping towards the only two higher scores by Bangladesh batsmen - Mushfiqur's 200 and Ashraful's 190, made earlier this year. Though Mominul was at his slowest in the last part of his innings, when he added 31 runs off 75 balls.

Earlier, Marshall couldn't capitalise on his start from the previous evening after he chased a wide one to give allrounder Corey Anderson his first Test wicket. The left-armer added a second with the wicket of Mominul, who was trapped leg-before after batting for 377 minutes. He had only just survived a dropped catch when Brendon McCullum's one-handed attempt didn't work out when he dived in front of first slip Ross Taylor off Trent Boult.

Taylor made up for it, taking a good one to get rid of Mushfiqur, which could have hurt Bangladesh but Nasir and Gazi added 70 runs for the seventh wicket. before the Nasir holed out after he top-edged a half-tracker from Sodhi.

Doug Bracewell and Anderson took two wickets while Boult, Sodhi and Kane Williamson took one each. It was a lot of hard work for the three seamers, and a few misfields and the dropped catch didn't help. Nasir batted at a fair clip, scoring 46 off 65 balls with seven fours and a six. But he was far too impetuous considering a little more caution would have seen Bangladesh end the day in a slightly stronger position.

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

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Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

well done Gazi...now take few quick wicket and we are in driver seat. Let dream big..

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (October 12, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

well looks like Bangladesh is on the Roll, but i do not believe this gonna give any result other than a draw. if it's not gonna be a draw then it'll be a win for Kiwis. i don't believe Bangladesh having any chance of beating a major nation in a test rather than making a draw or drag a game to a last day.

Posted by SameOld on (October 12, 2013, 6:08 GMT)

Lunch on day four, and this NZ fan is getting that old familiar feeling. Since NZ have all but wasted a prime opportunity for a rare Test win, where do they go from here? Resist and grind out a draw? Not from what we've seen in the past...

Posted by bdsmaruf on (October 12, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

main thing is the consistency of bd. they are showing that. now bcb have very good people like akram, mahmud etc. who work hard to findout talented and skilfull players. one more good thing for bd,now a days they are not havily depended on tamim, sakib. so bd is improving day by day.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

NZ 469 BAN 489/8 SHABASH Tigers :)

Posted by Shafi66 on (October 12, 2013, 5:44 GMT)

Now I am waiting for Gazi's Hundred.....go tigers go...... All the best.....

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 5:41 GMT)

this is why they only get 6 test match to play in a whole year... icc shd notice... good job mominul and gazi :]

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Hats off to Mominul and Shohag Gazi.....

Posted by Mervo on (October 12, 2013, 5:35 GMT)

This Day 4. Who made this road?

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 3:29 GMT)

well dome Mominul, it was a pretty innings by little master in making.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 1:32 GMT)

Congratulation Muminul, thanks for your great effort. Best of luck for today's batting. Go on guys...

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

@ abcd it has been a road for the entire test. bmac got out to a good ball but you know its flat if fulton makes runs. however congrats to mominul because that innings was pretty to watch.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 1:02 GMT)

come on bd u can win this game

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 20:41 GMT)

congtzz Mominul :D future of Bangladesh

Posted by StevieS on (October 11, 2013, 20:19 GMT)

No wonder Bangladesh don't have any decent pace bowlers, what a disgraceful wicket.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 20:04 GMT)

thank you mominul

Posted by The_Ashes on (October 11, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

New Zealand bar Vettori have a poor spin bowling attack. The wicket is turning now but New Zealand spinners cannot even turn the ball that much. Sodni is the only one that got some bit of purchase but he's just not threatening and bowls too short. I expect Bangladesh spinners to rip through New Zealand batting line-up. On a turning wicket, even the likes of Nasir and Mominul can rip a ball. New Zealand are still favourites though unless Bangladesh can close down he runs.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

Excellent batting with an excellent strike rate. Great comeback after losing two early wickets.

Posted by British_North_America on (October 11, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Nick Bedford If Bangladeshi batsman scores 181, pitch is road, if McCullum gets out cheaply, the pitch is turning.

Posted by Bowlersbackdrive on (October 11, 2013, 18:32 GMT)

Had a feeling, in 4th day the pitch will change its behaviour a lot. In later part of the 3rd day Shodi and williamsons bowling leaving a hope that Razzak will play his part devastating manner, proving his inclusion is worthy.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 11, 2013, 18:03 GMT)

I don't understand what Nasir was doing, he's better than that. Its important the tailenders get as close as possible to NZ total.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

I seriously think this Bangladesh team is better than New Zealand. Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson, this is all they have. And no bowler who can make a difference.

The Bangladesh side, on the other hand, is better. Tamim, Mominul right at the top, Shakib, Mushi, Nasir in the middle and lower middle order give them a pretty solid batting attack under these conditions. They lack good pacers too, like NZ, but look at their spinners -Razzak, Shkaib, Gazi ! Mominul and Nasir also chips in at crucial times. This side seems more balanced than the kiwis.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

nayeem should open with tamim...........al amin can come to squad instead of rubel......a great team will be very soon......and listen tamim and sakib,do not talk much.concentrate to ur own performance....riad(vice captain) already lost his spot.so its a warning for both of you?go tigers

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

had he been a bit patient,we could have seen another 200+ from a Bangladeshi batsman. Anyway... best of luck to Mominul from Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

Thanks Shah Newaz. I agree with you and good to see Tigers are more of a team, then depeneded on one or 2 main performar. I don't care we lose or win or draw in this test. I want everyone in the team to play well and show our strength as a team. Razzak and Gazi batted in lots of first-class cricket and hopefully will bat atleast 30 overs tomorrow.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

awesome innings played by mominul.......all of viewers enjoyed a lot. bt Rohim & Nasir also olayed well....beat of luck bd team....:D:D

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

Congratulation Raising Little master Mominul..........go ahead , dont worried now u r only22..........

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (October 11, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

Excellent knock from the pocket-dynamite Mominul Haque. Coming in with 2 wickets quickly down knowing that his place on the team was on the line and despite all that pressure, he still produced a breathtaking innings so well done for that amazing effort. Credit should also go to coach and captain because everyone thought that it was Naeem Islam that would bat at 4 hands down but they clearly saw something in Mominul and it has perfectly been executed. The job is still not done by the boys. The key is now is to get as close as possible to that New Zealand score and the tailenders should take inspiration by Boult's innings so they know that they can do it. Nasir Hossain played well but shouldn't have played that aggressively and hope he rectifies that next time since our top order can be fragile at times. Its has been a good test match thus far as both teams have been competitive and all results are still possible.

Posted by hasib9 on (October 11, 2013, 16:40 GMT)

This is auguably the best team selection for BD. I would gamble and put little more faith on Al-Amin for Rubel in the next match. Naeem for Anamul would be a great choice as well. After Kulasekara got Anamul out repeatedly with the same type of ball, everyone figured out his weakness: poor footeork. Mominul and Ayub look solid. Batting lineup is looking strong.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

Sakib and Tamim both are coming out from injuries. Infact Sakib very little after his finger injury. I believe they will bounce back soon. But the good thing is even if they don't perform tigers don't panic anymore. Mominul was delight to watch. Mushi and Nasir played well. But one of them should have converted their start in century. But no worries we are still in the match. Go tigers.....

Posted by calcu on (October 11, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

NZ can't lose this match now. They can either settle for a draw or push for a win. And given their kiwi instinct it's more likely that they will choose the latter.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

Just 89 runs away. hope we'll get a lead 2mrrw by rsst of the of the tale enders

Posted by halfbloodprince.du on (October 11, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

The game is so nicely poised now. All three results are possible. If Nasir didn't get out at the time he did, I would say that Bangladesh would have had the upper hand here. Still not much spin, still a decent pitch to bat on.

Posted by Sinhaya on (October 11, 2013, 16:04 GMT)

Congratulations Mominul Haque from a Sri Lankan fan. Did not watch the innings at all but glad to hear stars emerging from Bangladesh. Look forward to the SL tour early next year.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

mominul, who came into the test match in place of mahmudullah.he was under pressure as he was taking the vice captains place.he delivered a great nock. but he will be under prrssure again when he comes to bat in the second innings as he is a super star now.....

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 15:43 GMT)

I think Mominul should be given the 1 down position. Every time we see one of our opener playing a awful shot and getting out. Just after that 1 down, 2 down 3 down all falls very cheaply. So to control that Opener and Middle order batsman or at least support them I think Mominul is the best choice.

Talking about the test, I guess not Razzak just need to do what boult did, support Gazi till he falls. And I don't think Gazi should play the aggressive shots. He do have the ability to stay at the crease for a longer period of time. The team should not be all out before Lunch tomorrow!

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 15:38 GMT)

Well done lad. Wish you good luck.

Posted by Fogu on (October 11, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Anamul obvoiusly needs to work on his footwork. Shakib and Tamim have talent but at times lack temperament to play long innings. We need youngsters like Mominul and Nasir to push them. Tamim and Shakib have scored centuries but usually at a fast pace. In test matches, you have to grind out a bit to tire out the bowlers and demoralize the opposition. Scoring quickly and getting out is for ODIs and T20. Insha"Allah, we have a few young players emerging and hopefully they will carry BD forward in the next decade. Now, only if we can find a couple of good fast bowlers. Go Tigers!

Posted by TigerRoars on (October 11, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

We should allow some time to get his rhythm back. He is returning from a relatively major injury! While we have grown to expect superman efforts from him, we must not forget that at the end of the day he is human.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

Real Tiger

Posted by chechong0114 on (October 11, 2013, 14:50 GMT)

What an excellent series going on right now between these two teams, Bangladesh finally showing some fight at test level shaping up for an interesting finish.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (October 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT)

good to see bd played well, but still have to go far. this bd team have this ability. good luck bd.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Sakib's batting seems to have lost its fire of old. He has been very tentative all year. The bowling in the first innings was quite ordinary as well. Thank Allah we got a rising star in Mominul. He is our hope for the future. Nasir has to show more caution and seriously try for tons. He holed out unnecessarily when we needed him at the crease. He is another very bright prospect. I have little faith in Tamim. He is like Sehwag - tons of talent but not very dependable. The true Mr. Dependables in the team today are Mominul, Mushy and Nasir. Notice Sakib is not on the list.

Posted by BanCricFan on (October 11, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Congratulations Mominul Haque on your magnificent 181.

Posted by Mad_for_Shakib on (October 11, 2013, 14:35 GMT)

Hope BD will spend at least 1st session,

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT)

Some people are being harsh about Anamul. He did play some decent innings in International cricket. He did seem a bit out of touch in test but we should give him some time. Who else would u pick as a Openar? I dont think we've any other good option

Posted by mainul079080 on (October 11, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Bangladesh is still long way to go to get them out of danger. If newzeland is able to manage 50 runs lead in first innings and get another 200 in second innings they will win.so first task will be to make 469(i really have doubt of doing that. Bangladesh tailenders dont fires when top order fire) and then restrict NZ within 200.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (October 11, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

@ Bahar Hossain , I agree anamul is not ready for international cricket , he is talented but must learn proper tachnique/footwork/method before enetering Bd national squad. But Momenul is ready for international cricket , he has learned the stuff quite fast in short period of time, now he got very sound stable technique and he is all ready to imporove more & more (doesnt matter how less he played or how young he is). Bd should find promising young players like him and give chance when ready.

Posted by tauhid_aks on (October 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT)

Mominul, the best batsman in the Bangladesh innings got the most turn among the Bangladeshi spinners when new zealand were batting. In turn, the best Kiwi batsman, Williamson is getting the most turn. Well the difference is that Mominul could bowl only 6 over while Williamson 24

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 13:38 GMT)

Shakib should bat down the order,let Nasir to come at no 5.

Posted by FirojAlam on (October 11, 2013, 13:31 GMT)

If Bangladesh bat 10-15 over in the morning and score areound 425 NZ will have to play gor drwa, which is most likely the result of the test. Mominul has become a critical point for this test. Cograts to him

Posted by Fogu on (October 11, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

C'mon folks. Let's not get carried away. I like Mominul too but please don't compare hm the game's all time greats yet. Let him just play without undue pressure. He is a talent that needs to be nurtutured. Good day for BD. It would have been better if Nasir had stuck around till the end. Hoping for the tailenders to reduce the deficit to less than 40. The pitch should start to turn tomorrow otherwise we are in for a draw. Good job BD. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 12:56 GMT)

Congratulations Mominul Haque on your magnificent 181. I am quite impressed with your stylist batting techniques. Keep this positive attitude until you are 40 years old at least .

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

Why is our centurion Williamson bowling more than the two specialist spinners? We miss Vettori, big time

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 11, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

A very rare day good day on field for the Bangladesh team. It seems they are not going to lose the match tomo and will be able to take to the fifth day. Knowing BD team im pretty sure they'll get all out within first 10overs tomo and after that NZ will have the whole day to give us a big target. A target we wont be able to chase down. Overall this is going to be another test that'll left us with sore memory. Thanks & Congrats to Mominul for his efforts. The only good thing about this test was his innings. Players like Tamim should learn from him. This Mominul guy never speak big, really calm and quiet boy but on field he performs for his team. Unlike Tamim who always come up with massive promise and talk about what he wanna do but rarely manage to walk the talk.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 11:12 GMT)

Shachin reborn as mominul in Bangladesh!

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 11:10 GMT)

Mominul does really well......

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 10:46 GMT)

For 2nd test BD should prepare spinning track. and they should come out from this defensive mentality. just look at India and Srilanka. they won test matches just using their spinning track. Nz , Zim won their test matches using home condition with bouncy , bowling track. prepare batting flat wicket is a defensive approach,

Posted by Albert_cambell on (October 11, 2013, 10:45 GMT)

Mominul played well today. Equally talented as Sachin and Dravid.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (October 11, 2013, 9:41 GMT)

@ 22many i take it you were refering to mccullum, i actually wouldn't have him in my test team, my ideal test team would be 1. Hamish rutherford. 2. Tom latham. 3. Kane williamson. 4. Ross taylor. 5. Jesse ryder. 6. Corey anderson. 7. Bj watling. 8. Daniel vettori. 9. Tim southee. 10. Adam milne. 11. Trent boult. 12th. Craig cachopa. Hamish rutherford is on shakey ground if he keeps throwing his wicket away, hopefully vettori has a couple more years just to give sohdi a bit more time to develop, he is the obvious successor, i would have tom latham, craig cachopa, carl cachopa, daryl mitchell all before i would have mccullum, im a huge mccullum fan but he's better suited to odi and t20 his technique just doesn't suit test cricket

Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 11, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Could someone pls tell me why Neil Wagner isn't in the NZ playing XI ??? I thought he did well enough in the UK.

Posted by CrICkeeet on (October 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT)

@Nick Bedford, u r r8.. bt this nt d 1st tym, For years & years their Big brother SL, India, Pak hav done the same thing.. So i nt gonna blame them.. Its happening in cricket history 4 a long tym. And Kiwi spinners Martin & Sodhi is also ridiculs, evn they cant bowl a single good delivry (so far as um writing this), if NZ fast bowlers got d support a little bit 4m d spinners, things can b better. only kane williamson did smthng (mayb the best spinner in this squad). And yah, Mominul Haque, Congrats.. U hav done a gr8 job (despite nt able 2 get d double ton)

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

young talented player mominul ...best of luck mominul ..my country waiting his 200 celibretion...

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 8:51 GMT)

I was very disappointed when Tamim & Anamul went back. And switch off my TV as usual and blaming BD is never going to ..........

I WAS TERRIBLY WRONG. BD have proved they are not a team like collapse. Well done BD. But Anamul should be dropped in Test as he gets several chances. He needs to learn more.

Posted by 22many on (October 11, 2013, 8:49 GMT)

kiwicricketnut you have to ask questions regarding the selection of sodi and martin...would have thought another medium pacer would have been a better option...Kane worries me with his action...only a matter of time before some aussie umpire calls his number....you say Martin has had enough goes without success...how many more chances do you give sacmac

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 8:46 GMT)

this road of a pitch is ridiculus

Posted by KingAjmal on (October 11, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

Glad to finally know that Bangladesh have produced 3 young exciting batting stars - Anamul, Mominul and of course Nasir. But someone like Anamul really needs to sort out his footwork and will only get away with it in ODIs since there are less attacking fielders. Bowling is a problem for Bangladesh and what really lets them now. Bangladesh batting has been consistently impressive in the last few years but bowling is now the next steps.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

@Akex what made u guys not to bring a full force in bowling department? ? nay they r your bests at this moment. just recognise n appreciate your opponents that they r well. However we don't need your recognition a we r showing our ability in the field now.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

oh! iam very happy and I know mominul 200 ran this cricket match. .Thank criket

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (October 11, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Nz spinners just arn't applying enough pressure, martin has always been a journey man, i've never rated him highly, ish sohdi is very green, gets alot of turn but bowls at least one bad ball an over to undo his good work, we need these guys bowling maidens or taking wickets and while there is alot of time in this test they just don't look likely, our best spinner is williamson this isn't a bad thing, having your best spinner bat at 3 could be a good thing, you can drop one of the other spinners and pick another seamer or another batter, still think you need two spin options so i would probably give sohdi another shot, martin has had enough goes without a whole lot of success

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

No doubt,Mominul is a good player but look at his career.He played only 36 first class matches.He is only 22 years old.He is performing well but this form is temporary. He should be more matured before playing international cricket or we will lost another talented cricketer like ASHRAFUL.

One more thing.This is just my opinion. Anamul haq Bijoy now one of the most talented cricketer from Bangladesh.He should play more and more first class cricket before playing this international cricket.BCB picked him very early.We don't want to loose any of our talented cricketer anymore.They should be matured before playing international cricket.

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