Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day

Bangladesh's forgotten mark

Plays of the Day from the third day of the Chittagong Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand

Mohammad Isam in Chittagong

October 11, 2013

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Mominul Haque celebrates his maiden century, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day, October 11, 2013
The quiet celebration: Mominul Haque was reserved after reaching his maiden Test century © Associated Press
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The forgotten mark

When Bangladesh moved past 269, the follow-on mark, on the third afternoon, there was no customary cheer from the Chittagong crowd. Even a couple of years ago, the crowd used to get involved whenever they got past the danger mark. This time when Mushfiqur edged the ball past slips, it was only noticed by a few and not celebrated. Bangladesh had a bigger target in their sights.

The short celebration

Mominul Haque is a man of few words. While no one expected a Michael Slater-style celebration from him, what he did after scoring his maiden Test century was amusing to everyone, even his teammates. He took the helmet off, raised his bat towards the dressing-room, and exchanged a few words with Marshall Ayub. That's it. He then went back to take the again. It was batting as usual for Mominul.

The drop

Brendon McCullum handed Mominul his first life, by trying his luck with one-handed attempt at slips. The New Zealand captain jumped right in front of Ross Taylor at first slip, but dropped the chance. Mominul was on 172 at the time, and Trent Boult, whose delivery he edged, was left ruing his luck.

The debutant connection

Marshall Ayub's awkward dismissal to Corey Anderson was a case of one debutant taking the wicket of another. It was Anderson's first major contribution in the game, after having scored just one in the first innings. Marshall innings was cut short on 25 after promising much solidity on the second day.

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Posted by regofpicton on (October 12, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

And as for the decline in New Zealand fielding under Hesson, this is an absolute disgrace. Once upon a time we showed the world. Not any more. The Amercian's have an expression - "Phoning it in". This looks to be the story of his coaching all round. I think he sees the writing on the wall and just doesn't seem to care any more.

Posted by regofpicton on (October 12, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

McCullum as much as anyone is clearly aware that he is not contributing with the bat, and the pressure he is now putting on himself is spilling over into his fielding as well. He is supposed to be a man for the radical soutions, so how about handing the captaincy to Williamson temorarily and taking a game off, relaxing, and coming back in a better frame of mind for the one dayers. He used to be a half decent player, but the captaincy has just about wrecked his game.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

@Mohammad Khan: How can you say Tamim lost patience when he only faced 2 balls, one of which was wide?? He played a bad shot, not because he was impatient, but because it was the 2nd ball of the innings swinging away from him!

Posted by Mullick on (October 11, 2013, 23:27 GMT)

When M Ayub recovered from his initial nervousness he looked solid and showed a commendable test temperament. Good job Ayub.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT)

Some front line batsman of Bangladesh team became too much impatient to face the huge New Zealand 1st Innings toatal, they executed shots which damaged them. They did'nt wait for easy opprtunities. TAMIM, again failed ,because lost patience.

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

Well done Mominul...all Bangladeshi proud you.

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 13:27 GMT)

Mominul is the best player thanks Mominul

Posted by   on (October 11, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

well done mominul. we really proud of u. lots of congrats & prayer to repeat it ......

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

black caps have a tough work to do tommorow

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