Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 2nd day October 22, 2013

Rain interrupts as Shakib chips away


New Zealand 107 for 3 (Taylor 37*, Williamson 28*, Shakib 3-25) trail Bangladesh 282 (Tamim 95, Wagner 5-64) by 175 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The fall of eight wickets during the 53.3 overs possible, particularly New Zealand's three, had kept the contest on an even keel before the afternoon rain forced an early end for the second day in succession. Earlier it was Neil Wagner's maiden five-wicket haul that handed the tourists the advantage.

Bangladesh's 282 was nowhere near a decent first innings total in Mirpur, but New Zealand conceded some of that advantage, losing three wickets for 107 in 33.3 overs. At 1:44pm local time, the players walked off as the drizzle turned into an outright downpour.

Shakib Al Hasan did much of the damage, picking up all three wickets to fall. The home side had a poor morning session, losing their last five wickets for just 54 runs in 20.1 overs.

The captain Mushfiqur Rahim was drawn to an away-swinging delivery by Wagner and was caught at a second gully position. It was his first shot of intent, having remained subdued till the dismissal. Nasir Hossain followed three overs later when an excellent delivery from Ish Sodhi took the edge to Ross Taylor who took a simple catch at slip.

Bangladesh's last recognised batting pair had contributed 18 and 19 respectively, but their target of around 400 evaporated quickly. Sohag Gazi, who scored a century in the first Test, struck a four and a six in his 21-ball 14, before he became Wagner's fourth victim, also caught at gully. Rubel Hossain edged behind to give the Pretoria-born left-arm fast bowler his fifth wicket and when Sodhi bowled Abdur Razzak, New Zealand's morning work was done.

But Bangladesh responded swiftly. In the 13th over of the visitors' reply, Shakib, in his first over, had Hamish Rutherford poking at a ball that popped to short-leg where Mominul Haque juggled once before holding on to it. Rutherford hardly looked comfortable against spin, toeing and top-edging deliveries around fielders on occasions.

Shakib struck again off the second ball of his following over when he trapped Peter Fulton with a straighter delivery. The batsman thrust his pad out and with Shakib hardly getting the ball to turn, it was a very easy decision for the umpire.

After lunch, Taylor and Kane Williamson showed some resistance. The pair were severe on Abdur Razzak after lunch, scoring 7, 8, 5 and 13 in consecutive overs. Williamson, however, was stopped in his tracks, quite literally, by Razzak's replacement at the Media Centre end. Rubel Hossain bowled a short one to the New Zealand No.3 who ducked too soon and was hit on the side of his face. He keeled over, and was taken off by the physio.

Brendon McCullum joined Taylor but New Zealand had lost their rhythm. He batted for half an hour before holing to deep square leg where Rubel took a tumbling catch. He hurt his back in the process as he fell awkwardly. He was back on the field the next over, and a short while later, rain struck.

There was nevertheless enough time for a brief look at Bangladesh's latest Test debutant, Al-Amin Hossain. The tall seamer - a rarity even for Bangladeshi pace bowlers - opened the bowling, gave away 13 runs in his only spell of six overs, and was struck for two boundaries.

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

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  • roket on October 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @JPNana: " Sri Lanka gain their test status in 1982 and won their first test series against India in 1983 just 1 year after gaining the test status" - Before criticizing others for not knowing their facts, please check yours! Sri Lanka did not win any test series in 1983, or just one year after getting test status. Sri Lanka drew their first series against India (played in India). They won their first series (and match) in 1985 against India. When did SL beat SA before 1996? The only test played between the two teams before 96 was won by SA. BD has been playing for 12 yrs, not 14. What was SL points after 12 years of playing tests? What was NZs? NZ did not win a match for over 30-40 years of playing test cricket, India did not win for 20, that too was against low level ENG club players. Roy Dias (avg 36), De silva (Avg 42) Ranatunga avg 36 are not "great" test players by any world standards, to SL fans maybe. It took SL 2 decades to produce world class players like Sanga.

  • Janith on October 23, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @World WideCricket... What's the Ranking points of Bangladesh after 14 years of playing Test Cricket, it's just 10 Points. New Zealand 79 Points and Sri Lanka 88 Points. to coming to the at least the current position of SL in test rankings Banglandesh would need to win atleast more than 20 or more test matches. SL isn't competitive in tests. oh really , i wonder who are the last team to beat SA in their own country. and after Murali's retirement SL won recent tests against likes of SA, PAK, NZ, WI, and no 1 team then ENG. first understand and accept where your team stands, and then talk to the facts buddy.

  • Janith on October 23, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    @WorldWideCricket... Sri Lanka gain their test status in 1982 and won their first test series against India in 1983 just 1 year after gaining the test status. before winning the 1996 World Cup, they were already beat New Zealand at new Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa. after 1996 Sri Lanka become the giants in Cricketing world in 2 formats then Test and 50 Overs cricket. Created the greats from the age of Roy Dias, Aravinda de Silva, Arjuna Ranathunga to Recent Mahela and Sanga. i don't want to tell you who is Muttaiah Muralidharan is, Do I????

    In 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Period Sri Lanka maintained their ranking among the 4 positions up untill the retirement of great Muralidharan, and become the no 2 in Test rankings and maintained that position for 1 year or so.

  • Syed on October 23, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    @Posted by Bakhtiar Rahim on (October 22, 2013, 8:45 GMT) "Bangladesh gonna win this test. Mark my words". Brother, I have marked your words, just waiting how it happens. At this moment NZ 221/4, looks to me that NZ is in driving position but as you are very confident, so I marked your words.

  • Android on October 23, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @worldwidecricket in 30 years of test cricket Sri Lanka has achieved plenty. we have the highest score in test cricket, highest wicket taker, highest partnerships and have produced many great players etc. we have also beaten nz, Pakistan, England and south africa in an away test match. the truth is Bangladesh has not lived up to their expectations, they are ranked low in all forms of the game. Hopefully with time Bangladesh will get better with time and it looks like they have recently made some progress.

  • Merv on October 23, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Do BD have no fast bowlers? They opened with a spinner ... Not a good sign for the future of BD cricket surly?

  • Bangla on October 23, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    @soaf : Just want to remind you that few days back, this BD team beat your super world class team ZIM in their own back yard, but this ZIM can not even think to beat BD in BD's own back yard in TEST. BD should learn from top teams like SA/AUS/IND, not team like ZIM/SL who are slightly above BD. BTW, ZIM have been playing TEST cricket for 20+ years but still ranked at 9, just above BD. Is it called an achievement?

  • Bangla on October 23, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @SL_rockz: Sri Lanka have been playing TEST Cricket 30+ years and even after 30 years of cricket they are still ranked at #7 !

    New Zealand have been playing TEST Cricket 90+ years and even after 90 years of cricket they are still ranked at #8 !

    Now you just imagine if test status of BD and ZIM were taken away what would happen to SL and NZ? TEST Cricket lovers would demand SL exclusion from TEST cricket.

    In TEST, SL is not competative at all except against BD. Again this mediocre BD team made 600+ runs on your own back yard against your mediocre bowling..

  • Leigh on October 23, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    @22maney The NZC board has been changed along with its constitution and the make up of the board, to include a balance of past players and professionals and the systems have been changed along with support personnel (no more ex bowls players selecting the team) I have no idea if this will work though, We lost John Wright because of John Buchannan (‎) and no one else wanted the coaching job because the set up seemed dysfunctional. give them a chance, as for McCullum, he is having a lean trot but it was only a 3 tests ago against England when he averaged 67 in the home leg of the series.

  • Dik on October 23, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    That truly was a bold shot McCullum. (lots of pun intended)