Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 4th day October 24, 2013

Mominul ton leads Bangladesh fightback

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Bangladesh 269 for 3 (Mominul 126*, Tamim 70) and 282 lead New Zealand 437 (Anderson 116, Watling 70*, Shakib 5-103) by 114 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mominul Haque and Tamim Iqbal exhibited patience and character to shore up Bangladesh, and by the end of the day the home side had secured a handy 114-run lead in Mirpur. Mominul remained unbeaten on 126 after raising his second successive Test century.

The pair chipped away at the 155-run deficit, and in the process laid to rest the unsettling trend of Bangladesh batsmen throwing their wickets away in the third innings of a Test match. Their record 157-run partnership for the third wicket ensured New Zealand were chasing the game at the end of the fourth day. Though the stand was broken in the final hour of play, Mominul will have the company of Shakib Al Hasan as Bangladesh head into the final day's play.

New Zealand made a promising start, but were unable to replicate their discipline from the first innings. Neil Wagner ran in hard and had both Anamul Haque and Marshall Ayub caught in the slips. On their first full day fielding under the Dhaka sun, he and his fellow seamers struggled to put pressure on the batsmen. The fielders were running low on energy as well, exemplified by Ish Sodhi's keeling over on the boundary in the 66th over, and letting a cut from Mominul go through him.

Tamim and Mominul hardly forced the issue, their interest fixed on orthodox Test match batting, extending the bowlers' wait for a mistake. There were occasions when Mominul showcased his dominance from the first Test when he scored 181. New Zealand had not learned from Chittagong and continued to be either too short or too full, especially outside the off-stump and Mominul took full advantage, and became only the second batsman from Bangladesh to score back-to-back Test hundreds.

More than his shots or the milestone, Mominul's calm in trying conditions - exhibited best when he wasn't flustered despite being stuck on 99 for ten deliveries - caught the eye. Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, packed the off side and asked his bowlers to bowl wide of the off stump, trying to prey on the batsman's nerves. Mominul did play away from his body twice, but would not be tempted when McCullum ran up and had a word with him. He waited, and when the ball was pitched up, drove straight, to collect the four that gave him a second Test century.

He found excellent support in Tamim, who played within himself and concentrated on preserving his wicket, as would be expected of a senior batsman. He struck just four boundaries in his 218-ball innings. This was his second slowest fifty and has never scored so many runs with so few boundaries. The last time it happened was in Colombo on a thick, grassy outfield in March. He was careful with balls outside off stump, reining in his usually extravagant cover drives, and collecting his runs by tucking the bowlers on the leg side when the bowlers strayed on his pads. He looked gutted when Ross Taylor leapt up and clung safely to a top-edged cut, lingering before making the walk back.

In the morning, New Zealand could only add 18 runs to their overnight total as they were bowled out for 437. Ish Sodhi was slow to react to BJ Watling's call for a single and Mominul Haque scored a direct hit to break the 93-run ninth wicket stand.

There were no heroics from the tenth-wicket stand, as Boult was trapped leg before by Abdur Razzak two overs after the ninth wicket fell.

Shakib was the better of the two left-arm spinners though, finishing with 5 for 103 while Razzak took two for 96 in 23 overs. Debutant seamer Al-Amin Hossain and Nasir Hossain took a wicket each but Sohag Gazi and Rubel Hossain remained wicketless.

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

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  • dummy4fb on October 25, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Dispointing day in Bangladesh cuz rain

  • ShifulAlam on October 25, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    I'm pessimistic in nature and think that the play won't start again. Feeling hopelessness.

  • ShifulAlam on October 25, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Really bad to watch that the rain hasn't stopped till now. We had a great chance. :)

  • android_user on October 25, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    go ahead mimi......best wishes for you

  • dummy4fb on October 25, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    I haven't seen Mominul Haque batting yet ! However, I feel like he would soon be the 'little master' of Bangladesh !!!

  • dummy4fb on October 25, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    "waiting waitng & waiting....my book infront of me & mobile is in my hand...I can't read just always checking the cricinfo for next update....can u tell me when game will start??"

  • dhola8191 on October 25, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    I saw Mominul first time in a BPL match where he took the match away from Dhaka with a cool and technical approach. This guy is definitely a great future for Bangladesh if he keep his coolness. He plays the ball at the last moment and that is his natural game. However 269/3, 114 runs lead. three session are emaining. Bangladesh are save in this match. Either draw or win will happen. If Bangladeshi Batsmen would have played similar way in first innings it was possible to win. BD batsmen got to believe this.

  • espncricinfomobile on October 25, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Cant hold the patience whn the match will start at day 5.tigers will fight for a win .go tigers go.....

  • dummy4fb on October 25, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Why are people talking about "saving" the test. We r trying to win it. I am as u can see in Nasir's camp. We played very well and with a normal start the game could be won. At worst for BD, it will be a draw. Tamim and Mominul made sure that we r out of the woods. The Kiwis are good but we r strong enough to mount a strong challenge. The Tigers fought back hard and are no longer the minnows of old.

  • android_user on October 25, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    why everyone always thought against bd? plz let us play and see after 5 years. I think we r going into exactly right direction. the way our tamim, sakib mominul anamul gazi nasir playing it's perfectly ok.