Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 3rd day October 23, 2013

Anderson's maiden ton hands NZ advantage


New Zealand 419 for 8 (Anderson 116, Williamson 62, Watling 59*, Shakib 5-97) lead Bangladesh 282 by 137 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Corey Anderson scored his maiden Test century with a calculated dominance of the Bangladesh attack. His 116 led the way for New Zealand as they ended the third day of the second Test on 419 for 8 with a lead of 137.

Shakib Al Hasan's five-wicket haul was the only solace for Bangladesh, who also had to endure a late, 84-run ninth-wicket partnership between BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi. On a pitch that is offering more turn every day, the stand further dented the confidence of the Bangladesh bowlers. Watling was unbeaten on 59 and Sodhi on 53, the legspinner's maiden Test fifty.

Bangladesh had a good start to the day, picking one of the two wickets they had sought desperately on the second day. New Zealand had added 20 runs in 3.3 overs before Ross Taylor edged Shakib to first slip for 53 off 79 balls.

Williamson was the other wicket that the hosts wanted but they didn't get the batsman for another couple of hours. While they focused on dismissing New Zealand's No. 3, Bangladesh were blind-sided by Anderson, who had made his debut in the first Test in Chittagong.

Anderson made a quiet start, scoring just one run off his first 12 deliveries, but broke free with a four through long-on off Sohag Gazi. He swiftly hit a few more fours before swinging a six off Shakib and brought up his fifty off 72 balls. At lunch, New Zealand were 51 runs behind, but Anderson had moved to 75 and Williamson was on 56.

The pair ensured New Zealand also maintained a good run-rate of 3.72. The first session saw New Zealand score 124 runs for the loss of one wicket and, with the threat of rain and a spinning track, it marked a shift in the momentum of the game.

Thirty-odd minutes after the break, Anderson reached his hundred with a glide through midwicket off Gazi. It was an assertive innings - Bangladesh couldn't get Anderson playing and missing for too long, and eventually the batsman would hit out with a four. Predictably, he played spin more than pace but dominated Shakib, Gazi and Abdur Razzak. Against Rubel Hossain, who tested him on a few occasions from around the wicket, Anderson struck five boundaries.

At the other end, Williamson steadily brought up his third successive fifty in the series with a four down the ground off Al-Amin Hossain. Williamson had a reprieve on 58 when Mushfiqur dropped a chance off Gazi, but fortunately for Bangladesh, it didn't cost them too much as the batsman was out for 62.

Razzak broke the 140-run stand as Williamson miscued and holed out to Tamim Iqbal at deep mid-wicket. Seven overs later, Al-Amin had Anderson caught in the covers for his first Test wicket. Anderson scored 116 off 173 balls with 13 fours and a couple of sixes.

Shakib completed his tenth five-wicket haul when he had Doug Bracewell caught behind in the 101st over of the New Zealand innings. Then came the late-order resistance from Sodhi and Watling, who made sure they held on to the advantage created by the middle-order.

It wasn't an attractive stand, but the pair nudged and smothered the spin and the frustration of the crowd grew with every lightly tapped boundary from Watling. Sodhi showed his batting potential, not reluctant to manufacture shots when the field was up.

Bangladesh's bowling, indifferent throughout the day, hardly had venom at the stage. Gazi remained wicketless and had himself to blame for spilling a return chance from Sodhi. Razzak was expensive on the second evening, and mostly ineffective on the third day. Rubel and Al-Amin tried hard, but the New Zealand batsmen played them well. Shakib remained the best bowler on show, although he too strayed towards the end.

Bangladesh now have the hard task of staying in contention in the game. Apart from dismissing New Zealand quickly, they must come up with a proper second-innings response to put the visitors out of the game. For that, they can learn from the Williamson-Anderson stand that has given New Zealand an advantage.

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

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  • roket on October 24, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu: Yes we are cheering a drawn match against a full strength NZ team, since we can see how your A team full of SL national team players (including your captain) is losing badly on your own soil to NZ club level team at the same time!

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Ammo- i dont think any of you are mentioned have jealous regarding bangladesh . coz we have ample reasons to happy about their national teams. Talk about sri lanka they were joint winners of 2002 icc champions trophy as well. plus unlike bangladesh, sri lanka got even less test matches when their first 13 years comparing to bangladesh , but still they managed to beat kapil dev's world cup winning indian team in 1985, and imran khan's great pakistan team , plus great newzealand team and england team 1992 in home plus they beat newzealand in 1994 and pakistan in 1995 in away test. simple truth is you have much more oppurtunities since your arrival compared to sri lanka at same stage and still you couldn't able to capitalize on it. but as a asian we hope that will change . cheers

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    The biggest disappointment was the Mirpur pitch. At least it is not a test pitch for home team, I am sure when curator or think tank produced this pitch long way before , they were not sure what kind of wicket will suit BD's performance. First dig out that wicket which did not give any hope for BD test performance over years. Now it is the full responsibility for BCB and BD think tank to sit down and plan how they can win a test match! with a bigger boys. It must be, this the biggest challenge for BD's cricket future! drawing a test or some individual achievements are not good enough in this level. Plan way before a series, what kind of wicket we will play! which players can do our job. how we can take 20 wickets of opponent teams. find out the weakness of opponents and exploit that with proper execution. if we need special adviser or cricket pundit for improvement in test , hire them. by any means we must and should win test matches with consistent performance in 5 days.

  • Subramani on October 24, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Corey Anderson reminds me of Chris Cairns in his early days. Looks like New Zealand is getting to be a very good side again. They have every angle covered. Now they also have a leg spinner.

  • Shah on October 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    @Dhutugemunu, Albert_Campbell, JPNana & poor wishers... seems like u all have lot of time to show jealousy to BD success disrespectfully, you all must learn sportsmanship first! see your own teams how they won & when they first won a international test and after how many years then point BD cricket..Srilanka have won world cup once good and it looks that is last...and now for Zimbabwe to be even in top 5 its a dream but till then be happy..and see kiwis ranking in test after hearing u people its looks ICC will have to make & declare Srilanka, Zimbabwe & New Zealand the BEST team in the universe no matter what rank they deserves other than #1 ;D

    ppl are talking about Ireland and comparing with BD which Ireland is yet to get a test status even. &yes BD is still on the rise and its just due to lack of consistency and its not all their fault but BCB is also much responsible for this, just let BD play enough test matches like other teams then see what is called minnows you think!!

  • kevin on October 24, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Great to see Wagner getting wickets. How on earth did he miss being selected for the first test? If it comes to a decision between him and Bracewell he should always be in first.

  • jared on October 24, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    @ 22many im not as convinced about ronchi as you are, i like watling at 7, he has the perfect test match temperment and is definatly the guy you want to hold off an opposition attack so the tail isn't exposed and when he has to bat with the tail, he doesn't hit out like a lunatic, he seems to get the best out of the tail and forms crucial partnerships and valuable runs, his keeping is a work in progress but i think he is definatly up to standard, i think i've only seen him drop one catch since he took the gloves and the byes arn't usually his fault, more sloppy bowling. Ronchi on the other hand is very aggressive with the bat, i don't think we need anymore aggressive batters in our team.

  • kevin on October 24, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    It is unfortunate that someone of Watling's quality gets left batting with the tail all the time. Such a waste. He's just lucky the tail has actually been showing a little fight lately.

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    Current scoreboard suggests. NZ is on their way to win this test match on 5th day. But BD must bat sensibily in second inning to prevent NZ to win this test match. The best way BD players can achieve that not to worry about stay on the crease for a long time but only focus on building a big innings.

  • Ranil on October 24, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    I am loving this. Only weather god can save BD from a embarrassing defeat. I hope this will awake BD fans from their dream world and give some sense about the standard of BD team. The fact is that BD team is not good at playing test cricket. Tamim, Shakib and Mushfiqur have been playing test cricket for almost 7-8 years but haven't shown any improvement. They perform once in a while but not consistently. So future does not seem bright for BD unless you are a die hard BD fan. There is no way BD will move up in the test ranking near future. May be in another 15 years time.....By the way NZ are playing well and becoming a strong force in world cricket. So BD fans look at NZ team and learn what improvement means before making ridiculous comments about NZ team .