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

Williamson takes it on the cheek

Plays of the day from the second day of the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Mirpur

The trap
Brendon McCullum persisted with his first-day trap of keeping two fielders close together and it paid off on the second day as well. Mushfiqur Rahim was sucked into driving a wide ball outside off against Neil Wagner - his first such shot - but it took the edge and flew to the second gully, where Peter Fulton took the catch.

The leave
Shakib Al Hasan doesn't spin the ball much, but Peter Fulton didn't seem to know that. In his second over, Shakib brought another ball into the batsman and Fulton replied by thrusting his front pad. The result was a lbw decision, and an easy one to make at that. Fulton had worked hard ahead of the series by scuffing up wickets in his hometown, and later in Chittagong for his two half-centuries in the first Test, so the dismissal would have rankled.

The four
A rare event occurred at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in the 20th over of New Zealand's innings - Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson took an all-run four. The venue has had a smallish ground over the last couple of years due to work in the outfield that has left some of the fringe areas unprepared. As a result, some parts on the southeastern side of the ground are still a little slow. Anamul Haque had missed the ball at backward point, but he chased hard and dived well to save the boundary. However, being a regular wicketkeeper, Anamul's throw was weak enough to allow a fourth run.

The hit
Kane Williamson has shown how good a player of spin he is, but what about against pace? Williamson failed to accurately predict how high a delivery from Rubel Hossain would bounce in the 24th over. He ducked far too soon, and the ball smacked into the side of his face. He fell over, and the physio didn't pass him fit enough to bat on.

The tumble
Later on, Rubel got hurt himself. When McCullum pulled Shakib to square leg, Rubel first misjudged the ball before striding back to take the catch. His fall was awkward, but how he finished when he rolled over on his shoulder as more awkward. The Bangladesh physio was called into action, and Rubel was taken off the playing area and given treatment. He was soon back in action and bowled the next over.

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

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  • QTS_ on October 22, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    @Zeeshan Mahmud: That delivery from Shakib, referred in the report, really did not spin much (but yes, Shakib has spun the ball a lot on other occasions and in other matches).

    @Mohamad Wahid Hossain: Rubel's catch was stupendous, but the fall was also awkward. He fell on his back and then his body flipped around, pivoted on his head and shoulders, to have him end up lying on his stomach. How can you not see the awkwardness in the fall?

  • leggar on October 22, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    What should also have been highlighted with a headline such as `McCullum does it again` is the fact that the NZ captain, who rates himself as a specialist batsmen, got himself out again for a piddling score. For someone who has played nearly 80 tests it is remarkable that he is kept in the team with a batting average of 35! You will never be a world class team if your senior batsmen have averages in the mid thirties.

  • AusieBangaleeShameem on October 22, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Mohammad Isam, please grow up mate. Read more before writing. Watch more before describing. (By the way, I'm learning how to to improve my comment). I'm talking about Rubel's spectacular catch and Shakib's spin. Hope to see well-written future articles from you. Cheers.

  • dummy4fb on October 22, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Mohammad Isam : it's a pity you only saw the awkwardness of Rubel's fall and not the stupendous effort! I wonder whether it was deliberate on your part to downplay a truly astounding catch!!

  • Rafelgibt on October 22, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Mohammad Isam you really have to work hard on your cricket Watching eyes and then convert that thing into writing.Your report is sometimes so poor that i think whether you are from Bangladesh or some other countries.

  • dummy4fb on October 22, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    I am not sure if Isam watched the same match as I and 5000 or so others did. Clearly Rubel's catch was SPECTACULAR and easily the highlight of the day in a rain curtailed day bringing the audience joy. And oh----Shakib does spin much.

    Disappointed with the report.

  • i_golam on October 22, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Hope some early wickets tomorow morning ! This pitch will turn & I hope it starts from tomorow !! If Bangladesh can finish NZ before tea then this test will be in BD's hand !!! Come on guy's ... We need to winn this one !

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