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

Rain stops play after Tamim misses ton

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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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  • on October 21, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Bangladesh is progressing . The team has lot of talent. The popularity of cricket and it's practice at the village level will enrich the team with quality players . The critics should not undermine the world record of Gazi 's hundred and Hattrick with 6 wicket haul. Neither debutant century by number 10. Sakib is also the number one all rounder. So I feel BD will rise but we need to give it a chance.

  • SarfBD 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.

  • on October 22, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @INDSlider

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

  • SarfBD 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.

  • SarfBD 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.

  • zn264 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

  • Fogu 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!

  • 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.

  • fr600 on October 22, 2013, 3:53 GMT

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

  • 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

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    Bangladesh is progressing . The team has lot of talent. The popularity of cricket and it's practice at the village level will enrich the team with quality players . The critics should not undermine the world record of Gazi 's hundred and Hattrick with 6 wicket haul. Neither debutant century by number 10. Sakib is also the number one all rounder. So I feel BD will rise but we need to give it a chance.

  • SarfBD 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.

  • on October 22, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    @INDSlider

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

  • SarfBD 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.

  • SarfBD 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.

  • zn264 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

  • Fogu 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!

  • 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.

  • fr600 on October 22, 2013, 3:53 GMT

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

  • 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

  • MichaelBurton 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.

  • syed.r.karim on October 22, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    I like the way mominul haque score, he is the most technically sound batsman for BD.

  • Nedy on October 22, 2013, 0:48 GMT

    Neil Wagner has proved our best bowler in the BD tour thus far. he has showed good skill will the old ball, such as cutting the ball into and away from the batsmen, he is a good asset to the Blackcaps squad. I look forward to watching him in the next few days of the match.

  • on October 21, 2013, 22:48 GMT

    It's an easy pitch to bat on, BD aren't in the best position. It's annoying to see how hyped up their achievements have been with respect to the last game. We've been hearing about how much 'talent' they have for over a decade. Start winning and we'll take your achievements seriously. Hopefully BD fans won't take my comment personally and actually think about their performance relative to the rest of the world. A century and hattrick means nothing when there's no result.

  • corzaNZ on October 21, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    @ Saleh Mazumder...... so Bangladesh to win by 6 wickets?? how is that gonna happen. NZ are going to have to follow on in their first innings for that and at 228/5 its highly unlikely that NZ will be forced to follow on. Nice optimism though about your team, and i wouldnt call them a world class spin attack, far from it.

  • QTS_ on October 21, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu : smart observation, but misleading conclusion. The batsmen did throw their wickets away, which is a flaw they need to correct (every batsman in the world has and had to correct flaws at some points, including Bradman). Yet, it is a sweeping generalisation with a giant leap to conclude that the batsmen are not up to Test level. See the specious reasoning in your post?

  • Fogu on October 21, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    @ Syedareyoudumb; He may make it in a few team but I would not call him world class. Those teams have no spin attack and hence he would make those teams. His average is almost 68.75. At friendly conditions he can be good but he has not been consistent. He has much better ODI record. Regardless we agree on most other points. I just felt the need to tamper down expectations as our emotions do get carried away. We are still a couple of years and a couple of good players away to challenge top 5.

  • TheRisingTeam on October 21, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    Problem with Tamim is his fitness and mindset. He has the ability but he really needs to sort himself out first if he wants to be a top batsman. Scoring just 50s is not going to help you achieve and maintain a career average of over 40 in tests. Currently he averages after 30 tests a tick over 37. His ODI record is even poorer barely touching even 30 astonishingly. Strange thing is that he played in New Zealand domestic Cricket last season and did well but hasn't made much of a difference for his national team since then.

  • on October 21, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    @jb: Well said. Tamim made difficult runs on that tour.

    What I would also add is that Tamim faces the first ball of every innings, while Hossain bats in the lower order. Sure, Hossain has played some good rescue acts, but Tamim's experience and ability to attack the new ball whilst still making pretty good scores is invaluable for a team like Bangladesh.

  • on October 21, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    @Joamiq: Nasir Hossain has played a third of the amount of Test cricket that Tamim has. Tamim has sustained a good enough average at a tricky batting position while Nasir's career has only just begun. Let's see if Hossain can maintain his performances unlike, say, Mahmudullah. But Tamim's record is the best of the Bangladeshi batsmen that have played a lot of Tests.

  • maddp on October 21, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    NZ bowled pretty awfully, with a huge number of gimme bounderies. I would have thought Bangladesh would be VERY disappointed to be 5 down.

    I'm not sure its accurate for you to say NZ "were lucky on three out of the five wickets to fall". At test level, at least two of these were terrible shots that no test batmans should feel unlucky to get out to. They should be very disappointed in themselves to have given away such a good oppurtunity to score really big. Tomorrow it is likely NZ will bowl better, and therefore Bangladesh will find the going much harder.

    At least the game is well afdvanced if the rain does come as forecast.

  • Joamiq on October 21, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    @Steve Back: You're right that we don't have any other openers, but best player? You haven't been paying attention apparently. Tamim's been poor for over two years now, while Nasir Hossain has been consistently good. He's clearly Bangladesh's top batsman these days.

  • jb633 on October 21, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    @Steve Black, I agree with you. When Tamim toured England he made runs against a quality attack on green tops. For a BD batsmen to play the way he did against that attack on those wickets showed the world who is BD's best player. It is all well and good batsmen scoring runs on these highways but it takes something far more special to score runs in the conditions he faced in England. Tamim is far better than anyone in BD, he just needs time. He will always come good in the end

  • AzAb12754 on October 21, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    Unhappy about the 3 wickets given away but if Bangladesh remaining batsman can take the team to about 350 then New Zealand are likely to just crumble. Unlike the first test the second test is offering good bounce and spinners love bounce along with the turn. Draw/Win doesn't matter for Bangladesh and rain can come as much as it wants to be honest because batting is just going to get difficult and difficult as the days go by. Gazi, Shakib and Razzak will be too much for New Zealand on this pitch.

  • on October 21, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Love the Bangladeshis slating Tamim and questioning his place in the side. He's their best player. Who would they replace him with? He's the only truly capable opening batsman they've ever had.

  • StevieS on October 21, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    Gezz I missed the game and on reading the headlines here you would of thought Bangladesh were in the box seat! 228/5 is a average score, New Zealand bowled poor by all accounts and some treadful dropped catched, don't be surprised if NZ bowl them out for under 300. You Bangladesh supported also have to realise our best bowler and batsman ain't playing. Southee and Ryder.

  • Dhutugemunu on October 21, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Most of the BD fans talking about that the BD batsmen threw their wickets away. May be. May be not. According to you NZ bowlers did nothing. They just bowled. Isn't it? If so there is something wrong with BD batters mind set. That means they are not up to the Test level.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 21, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @fogu I agree that Gazi shouldn't be overhyped but in the future he has the potential to genuinely be a great spinner and yes he certainly is not better than Ajmal, Herath and Narine who are currently are the leading spinners. But I am pretty sure Razzak could get into any non-subcontinental team and he is world class in my opinion and @AlbertCampbell if he could regularly play against top teams then he would certainly get plenty of wickets. @Cricketskills absolutely correct. Against quality pace attacks this method would fail and Mahmadullah certainly can bowl as well as bat!

  • on October 21, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    bd batsman played some attacking stroke. If they batted in this fashion and gets 400 hundreds then it will be a vary interesting test match. I think bowled out NZ within 300 runs. Tamim should get the Century. I think Mushi and Nasir our Best batsman of the year still at the crease, So no tension for day two.

  • on October 21, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Zimbabwe is better than Bangladesh because they won last test match against Pak, and Pak beat South Africa! So, Zimbabwe is better than your South Africa and Pakistan. The equation is not such straightforward. So considering Zimbabwe or Afghanistan better than Bangladesh is a ridiculous idea. Whether ODI or test there may be upsets but we should take as result only which is part of game.

  • Fogu on October 21, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    @ sparsh_the_player, I am a BD supporter but I would not go as far as calling Sohag better than Mendis, Herath and Ashwin. Ajmal is a world class spinner and Herath, Mendis and Ashwin are more experienced. Sohag is in his infancy as a test cricketer. Sohag is a talent who needs to continue improving as well as gain more experience. Let's not get carried away in our enthusiasm and pile on unnecessary expectation. Sohag is young and hopefully becomes great for BD but let's take it down a notch. I agree with Albert, Razzak is not world class. He has had a few good games but he has not been consistent. He was one of the best in BD at one point but that does not make him world class. My Bangla brothers, let's keep our expectations realistic. Our team is getting better but we are still a couple of years and a couple good players away to challenge top 5 consistently. Go Tigers!

  • Captainman on October 21, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    There's no way Bangladesh can play with just 7 main batsman. Has to revert back to 8 in future because our batsman lack temperament and poor shot selection and until that's all sorted then they can think of one-day playing with just 7 main batsman.If it was against teams like Australia or South Africa then Bangladesh would just get trounced with that method. Mahmudullah should've played in place of Razzak. He already has a test 100 against New Zealand and plays pace bowling well. Anamul Haque is not ready for tests. Future tests Naeem has to come back and today we could've used his services since he has clearly the best temperament for Bangladesh.

  • on October 21, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    Sodhi is getting some turn out of it !!! Amazing !! May our spinners are getting smile on their face.

  • DD_f0rever on October 21, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Gazi, I think, can become even a more dangerous bowler than AJMAL and NARINE in near future as he bowls with better control than Ajmal.

    As of now, he is surely a better bowler than likes of Herath, Mendis, Ashwin etc.

  • FirojAlam on October 21, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    It could be fine if Bangladesh could finish the day with two wkt loss. However, test is a tesy by nature, and it is the beauty of this game. It seldom walks on the linear path. Bangaldesh still in the game. Three batsmen are to bat. If they can cross litle over 400, they can save the match....

  • asiacricket1234 on October 21, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Oh I missed one thing here. Why on earth Rubel is in the team not Robiul :O. Rubel doesn't get wicket, give away runs, cant score. That guy is completely useless. At least Robiul can score some run and keep the run flow slow while bowling.

  • Rafelgibt on October 21, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Last wicket of Shakib was simply awful.Sometimes i really dont get his minds.Black clouds are on your head with slightly raining and that time you play such a HARSH shot to get your self out rather than being NOT OUT until the break.Simply disgraceful like how Anamul,Mominul and Tamim got themselves out.Hope tomorrow Mushfiq and Nasir would do their best and we would surpass 350 runs.

  • CricketChat on October 21, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Tamim was lucky today. As it happened many times in the past, he doesn't know how to convert good innings into a big one that matters for his team. He left the onus on the middle order again to put up a match winning total even after he received 2 gifts of life.

  • Stevros3 on October 21, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    "whoever thinks that this pitch is a flat one will witness a forth collapse of NZ innings, will struggle against world class spine attack that has the ability to rattle through in both innings for them. Most probable result is that BD win by 6 wickets."

    Now that comment has to be a joke it contracdicts itself halfway through.

    NZ won't be batting in the 4th innings if BD win by 6 wickets.

    For BD to win by 6 wickets requires NZ to follow on. If you think that's the most probable result. That's fine, I'll bet against the final result being BD win by 6 wickets. How much shall we say 1 million?

  • Albert_cambell on October 21, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    @ ph_younus. Razzak is a world class spinner to you? Which planet are you living mate? His average is 68.95 in tests and in One dayers he took half of wickets against minnow teams(95 out of 200 wickets). If not his average in one dayers would be around 36 or 37. Gazi is a good prospect, but too early to call him a world class spinner. Only world class player you have in your team is shakib.

  • asiacricket1234 on October 21, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Have a mix feeling about today. Our batsmen batted well but they also threw their wicket away. Ive no idea why anyone would play rush shots like that when they are on 95. Anyway from here Bangladesh can score 400 but knowing our batsmen I am sure they'll get all out before lunch tomorrow because to get our wicket bowler wont have to work hard our batsmen will give it away :(. Anyway Good Luck to them. There isn't gonna be much cricket in this test as the weather forecast says that it gonna rain next 2 days :/

  • Mullick on October 21, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @all those commenting about the pitch. You guys make it sounds like NZ absolutely depends on the pitch condition, the players have nothing to offer. BYOP (Bring Your Own Pitch) next time.

  • on October 21, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Justice Wasarirevu@ You say that Zimbabve beat Pakistan.. i am agree but you have seen what Pak do with SA in U.A.E.. SA is a world Class team from about 2 year ago... they win from every opposition they played with... so you should also said about this possitive aspect of Pak.. hope we will whitewash SA... a Pakistani fan..... and hope BA wins.....

  • TheRisingTeam on October 21, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Looks like our batsman were in ODI mode or something. Our batting lacks serious temperament. Can't believe that 3 players today Tamim, Mominul and Shakib threw their wickets away like that. Which is why I disagree with going with just 7 batsman and needs to revert back to 8 and bring back Mahmudullah for Razzak next time. Mainly because our batting is just vulnerable. Poor stuff.

  • SarfBD on October 21, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    It was a big let down at the end. I'll give Bangladesh 5 out of 10. They have lost too many batsmen and the way they threw wickets is unforgivable. Actually one one of them were done by a good ball. Considering those drop chances, I believe 228/3 would be ideal for Bangladesh. New Zealand also weren't disciplined enough with those full tosses and over pitched balls. Missed a good opportunity today.

  • ph_younus on October 21, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Rather i should say recent strategy of ICC to play lesser cricket by comparatively weaker teams is funny decision. How many test match team like Bangladesh are playing now a days in a year. I think maximum 2 series!! Isnt it ICC themselves are putting obstacles in the cricket development?? I hope our dear critics should place comment as a true cricket fan instead of ignoring what BD like teams achieved within this short period of time in cricket with lesser series in any format of cricket. Yes! Shakib is the best all-rounder, we have Razzak, Gazi like world class spinners. We have tamim like game changers. I wont be surprised if this same team get next cricket world cup trophy. Its a challenge from a Cricket Fan. Be Careful Critics from PAK,IND and keep watching.

  • Htc-Android on October 21, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Bangladesh Started well but spoiled everything in the end, they could have easily scored 500+ if they batted sensibly. but they can still add a 150+ on tomorrow. I'm guessing the wicket will help the seamers in the early morning session due to the rain.

  • Philippe on October 21, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Bangladesh team performs once in a blue moon, just above average they perform in their own country & anywhere else they seem like below the minnows. Irish & afghan team is supposed to be much better than bangladeshi team.

  • provatnazmi on October 21, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket team is doing well; they are improving day by day. They have some very young talents who can change the game at any time. From last few years, Bangladesh cricket team is proved their strength in a positive way. I think now they can challenge any team specially in one day cricket. Sakib, Tamim, Nasir, Mushfiq are very well known player, not only in national cricket arena but also in international and transnational cricket league. They are playing in IPL, SPL, CPL, CLt20, which shows their demand and position in the cricket world. Best wishes to BD cricket !!

  • tauhid_aks on October 21, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Even day I would say. Bangladeshi batsmen got to learn how to bat in test matches, it is OK if Tamim plays his natural game, but if everyone wants to hit out instead of complementing Tamim, it is a big problem.

  • on October 21, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    army rangers- what slslider tell is truth. we have galle stadium which suits to both spinners and batsmen and pallekale and p sara are the quickest tracks while ssc suits to batsman. i am not laugh at you in that case but being a team who yet to find the feets in world cricket you have to lot to learn from that so called mediocre team who achieve every highpoint in every fornat of the game. if sl mediocre then better ask from your self who are you?

  • Philippe on October 21, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    I have only 1 thing to say that shakib is much over hyped player seeing his overall stats & performances in recent years. Its better to get some fresh legs in place of him. He performs like our shahid afridi....may be once in 20/25 matches.

  • on October 21, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Looks like to be an interesting match ahead if the rain stays away. Bangladesh scoring around 350 might make it more interesting. It really doesn't look an easy track to bat on. New Zealand should try an restrict BD below 300, else the balance would shift towards the home side.

  • on October 21, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    I thought if Bangladesh can be able to score around 500 runs ..must be difficult for NewZealand team because bangladeshi bowling line as much better from before now

  • MAN_AT_WORK on October 21, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    @ Albert _Cambell just analysing your comments You said Zimbabwe is better than Bangladesh because they won last test match against Pak ? And the funny thing is Pak beat South Africa! So Im convinced now Zimbabwe is better than your South Africa and Pakistan .

  • on October 21, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Nz can only dream of scoring at a run rate like that in tests

  • Army_rangers on October 21, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    @SLslider,oh really??sporting wickets in lanka?well,i have to tell u that u have a good sense of humour..instead of comenting on other team,u better concentrate on ur mediocre,two_man team..

  • British_North_America on October 21, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    CricketSkills Bangladesh was very unlucky.Just think what could have happened if rain had come 20 minutes earlier? Both Shakib and Tamim would remain not out.

  • Bowlersbackdrive on October 21, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    One became international than local, and it is not lovely to see another one became busy with commercials. What do we do with Shakib and Tamim? We are tired to see their itching to do something unconventional in test cricket. What are you guys upto? Rewrite the attitudes to be shown in yhis format? Otherwise, what explanations, you guys have to defend the shot you played to get out?

  • on October 21, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Haters will always hate,no matter what!If Bangladesh scores,everyone thinks about the pitch being flat,when Bangladesh Fails,everyone talks about Bangladesh's test status!

  • Captainman on October 21, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Got to admit, Bangladesh are pretty lucky that rain came around because the best place to bat was at the very beginning but they haven't taken advantage of that by losing half the wickets thus far. Clearly the wicket will be difficult to bat on as the match progresses and that rain hopefully takes its time because its still relatively easy to bat on for now and Bangladesh needs to bat as long as possible. Tamim, Shakib and Mominul the way threw away their wickets is simply unacceptable because the team was going at a good pace. 350 is the minimum from Bangladesh and 2 to that we need to more players achieving decent scores.

  • kiwicricketnut on October 21, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Mccullum got his fields right for sohdi but sohdi bowled a bit leg sideish, still he looks alot better in this test, which is allready a positive for nz, he's clearly learning and improving which is all you can ask of a young spinner so mccullum and sohdi get a tick for that but the feild settings for the seamers were horrible, when so many runs are scored behind square you have got it very wrong, i know mccullum thinks he's being cleaver setting these unorthidox fields but it means the bowlers can't bowl in the right areas because of the gaps behind square, they just get cut to the fence for four off a good line and length, its not smart captaincy at all putting that sort of pressure on your bowlers.

  • British_North_America on October 21, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Justice Wasarirevu Now Bangladesh are 5 down, will you still call it a flat track? Is it our fault if your fielders drop Tamim's catch twice? When BD scores good, no one say it is a good pitch.But when they fail, it becomes a good pitch.It is like BD can only score in flat pitch.

  • Mullick on October 21, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @SLslider...... you have no idea about pitch and the terms home and away conditions. I agree with SaroarIslam and well said Anwaruzz.

  • mahtabtanim1 on October 21, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    If you claim to be good team, you have to prove it playing on all sorts of pitch; not only on the pitch found in NZ. Did you ever prepare a spinning pitch in NZ?

  • kiwicricketnut on October 21, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Anyone who has a go at this pitch doesn't know what they are talking about, chittagong pitch was a shocker but this one has turn and bounce with enough pace and carry for the seamers, please bangladesh cricket produce more wickets like this one for far more interesting test matches. What happened to bangladesh's mind set, they had us on the ropes then did a nz trick and threw their wickets away for no reason at all trying to up the aggression when they were already dominating, dumb cricket really all they did was give nz a sniff.

  • SarfBD on October 21, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @SLslider, should I remind you which team holds the record of highest total and highest partnership? Sri Lanka. In a match, in Colombo, only two innings were played and Sri Lanka decided to play for a draw (or record, may be). That wasn't a sporting attitude, let alone a sporting pitch! Also try to remember the match where Bangladesh scored 638 runs on a 'sporting' pitch! Sri Lanka and sporting pitch in a same sentence is a complete joke

  • Warm_Coffee on October 21, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Clearly on here some people don't know anything about pitches and conditions. Why has New Zealand gone with an extra seamer? because the wicket has pace and bounce and swing is not due to the pitch, its due to the conditions and that's something not in anyone's control. In fact New Zealand extracted some swing for the first hour of today's play with the new ball and there's some turn now along with the bounce. Bangladesh batting has been reckless at times today but a 350 score is a very good one. New Zealand have to work really hard for the win because a draw is out of the question by the looks of it unless there's torrential rain.

  • HossainIqtiar on October 21, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    We expected Tami's fifty. His 95 Makes us terribly horrified. We are frustrated watching his out at this stage. We usually want centuries and five wickets haul by any Bangladeshi.

  • hokeypokey on October 21, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Odi feild settings sometime equals odi runrate..to many boundrys.

  • SaroarIslam on October 21, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I think who are blaming about pitch they are blind. .there are bounce,swing and even turn available on first day of play. .this pitch will suit BD spiner for sure. . .come on tigers

  • 22many on October 21, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Mc Cullum keeps setting these foolish fields....when will he ever learn...over 2000 tests played ,one would think if these so called proactive field placings were going to work, they would have by now....

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    There is no doubt to improve as a better team NZ needs more qualified bowlers like Bond, Vettori...

  • Anwaruzz on October 21, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    I fail to understand why everyone is blaming Bangladesh to prepare pitch suiting it's players. All home teams does so, India makes spinning tracks, AUS makes fast and bouncy ones while NZ/ENG makes seaming tracks. Have you ever come across spinning track in NZ or fast track in IND ??

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    BD fight please to remove that underdog tag,you need to emulate what Zimbabwe did by beating world-class opposition Pakistan.The track seams to be flat and rain forecast isn't good either as such we may fail to see a result

  • SLslider on October 21, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Teams like bangladesh and Ind are killing cricket by creating highways like this. They should lean from sri lanka and create sporting wickets where there is a good contest between bat and ball. I think ICC should really take some harsh steps against Bangladesh.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    whoever thinks that this pitch is a flat one will witness a forth collapse of NZ innings, will struggle against world class spine attack that has the ability to rattle through in both innings for them. Most probable result is that BD win by 6 wickets.

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    nz is missing vettori

  • on October 21, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    I don't know why people act crazy when Bangladeshi batsman bat well! The pitch is flat, highway etc etc...look last 2 days aus ind has made some record breaking batting. Then nobody shout against yhe pitch! Why always Bangladesh!!! Every team takes home advantages. None prepare sporting pitch...aus sa wi make bounching pitch as well as ind pak sl make spin track..what's the prob? A better team can win anywhere...

  • Sarfin on October 21, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Hahaha! A highway producing turn and bounce for spinners! Eat your hat guys! Though a Bangladeshi fan, I'm enjoying Sodhi's bowling! Just hope Bangladesh can overcome him and take the benefit of home condition while bowling.

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    why is everyone blaming the pitch? A good side should win regardless of conditions.... especially against Bangladesh. Nz has been relegated to an associate nation level of test playing ability

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    well done bd.go ahead .nothing to lose anything.nz is not a number 1 test team.they r same as bd.i think nz have to prove that they r improving.their position no-8.so we r learning how to play test cricket.

  • on October 21, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @SLslider & @Albert_cambell - Count on this test!! you will get the answer. BD has improved a lot than it was 3/4 years back. They are the youngest team (in an avg) with avg players with early 20's - just hold back and see what these cubs become in coming years.Every nation has to struggle before rising, BD is just going through that, NZ is just seeing the glimpse of the rising sun.. let it rise and see how it will shine in next few years.

    I've put my bet on... what's yours???

  • Sarfin on October 21, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    The pitch is a joke? A highway? Are you guys posting predetermined comments? Did you see the turn from Sodhi? First hour produced swing and then there is turn from the first session. Wait till NZ bat. And about the RR; just check how many loose balls have been bowled. Full deliveries in the hitting zone or on the pads, full tosses, short balls... Only two shot was manufactured by Tamim when he was well set. Your team have been playing cricket for almost a century. You should send more mature comments after watching the game. Not the scoreboard only.

  • MNHH on October 21, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @cambell:You should be gentle enough to have due respect to BD TEAM earn by their recent performance.Nobody should search for any hidden trick because there isn't any trick at all.I think the pitch isn't a highway,we should wait & see untill 4th day.

  • GURBAXX on October 21, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    nz will strugle aginst bangladesh's spiner in fourth inning

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @ Albert_cabbell......when NZ will bat i hope you'll find out is it another highway or not, just wait and see.

  • reyme on October 21, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @albert are you watching the game live? This pitch is not flat, it's a sporting wicket.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Another pitch that is a joke, balls swings for 4 overs and then nothing. waste of a test match.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    NZ did forgot that on last tour thay had a nice white wash. Can any one find a team never loose by BD?

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @ SLslider NZ is not a top level team either..just pay attention to your side...under hype too..

  • Albert_cambell on October 21, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Looks like another highway is being prepared by BD. Is this the new trick to avoid losing? They can never be a good team unless they beat a major test playing nation. I Would say Zimbabwe are better than BD as they have defeated Pak in a test match even after losing their key players Jarvis, Ervine...etc.

  • SLslider on October 21, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Bangladesh is a Mediocre team and overhyped by their fans. And they will be brought to ground in this match.

  • on October 21, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    wish to good performance

  • on October 21, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    wish to good performance

  • SLslider on October 21, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Bangladesh is a Mediocre team and overhyped by their fans. And they will be brought to ground in this match.

  • Albert_cambell on October 21, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Looks like another highway is being prepared by BD. Is this the new trick to avoid losing? They can never be a good team unless they beat a major test playing nation. I Would say Zimbabwe are better than BD as they have defeated Pak in a test match even after losing their key players Jarvis, Ervine...etc.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    @ SLslider NZ is not a top level team either..just pay attention to your side...under hype too..

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    NZ did forgot that on last tour thay had a nice white wash. Can any one find a team never loose by BD?

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Another pitch that is a joke, balls swings for 4 overs and then nothing. waste of a test match.

  • reyme on October 21, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    @albert are you watching the game live? This pitch is not flat, it's a sporting wicket.

  • on October 21, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    @ Albert_cabbell......when NZ will bat i hope you'll find out is it another highway or not, just wait and see.

  • GURBAXX on October 21, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    nz will strugle aginst bangladesh's spiner in fourth inning

  • MNHH on October 21, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    @cambell:You should be gentle enough to have due respect to BD TEAM earn by their recent performance.Nobody should search for any hidden trick because there isn't any trick at all.I think the pitch isn't a highway,we should wait & see untill 4th day.