Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Mirpur, 4th day

Mominul ton leads Bangladesh fightback

The Report by Mohammad Isam

October 24, 2013

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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
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Mominul Haque drives on the up, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 2nd Test, 4th day, Mirpur, October 24, 2013
Mominul Haque was part of a record third-wicket partnership for Bangladesh © AFP

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  • Mominul Haque became only the second Bangladesh batsman after Tamim Iqbal to hit centuries in two consecutive Tests. Tamim hit two hundreds in consecutive Tests against England in 2010.
  • Mominul's 376 runs in this series are the highest by a Bangladesh batsman in a two-match Test series and the second highest ever by a Bangladesh batsman in any Test series. He is just four runs short of beating the 379 runs that Habibul Bashar scored in a three-Test series against Pakistan in 2003.
  • The 157-run partnership between Mominul and Tamim was Bangladesh's highest for the third wicket in Tests.
  • Tamim faced 218 deliveries for his 70 runs in this innings; this was his slowest innings of fifty-plus runs in terms of strike-rate.
  • This was only the seventh instance of Bangladesh scoring 200 or more runs before the fall of their third wicket in a Test innings.
  • The unbeaten 57-run partnership between Mominul and Shakib Al Hasan was Bangladesh's tenth fifty-plus partnership of the series. This equals Bangladesh's record for the most fifty-plus partnership in a series. Before this, Bangladesh had ten fifty-plus partnership in a home-series against England in 2010.

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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Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 8:25 GMT)

Dispointing day in Bangladesh cuz rain

Posted by ShifulAlam on (October 25, 2013, 5:51 GMT)

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

Posted by 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. :)

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 5:22 GMT)

go ahead wishes for you

Posted by   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 !!!

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 5:20 GMT)

"waiting waitng & 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??"

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.....

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

The inclement weather may not allow the match to continue throughout the 5th day to conclude.

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

so happy of BD performance, I hope Bd can go at a rate of 4 runs/over for the next 50 overs, which will take the lead to 320 runs, fancy we can get the kiwis out???

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 24, 2013, 21:25 GMT)

Its amazing just how quickly the critics of Bangladesh run and hide whenever Bangladesh performs like they have done today. I remember the day 3 report where they were in numbers saying things like Ireland/Afghanistan are better, Bangladesh should be removes of their test status blah blah blah. Its not going to happen guys if Bangladesh plays awesome Cricket like this. Bangladesh since 2012 have simply been competitive across all forms almost winning the Asia Cup, not losing any tests by an innings, posting 500+ scores thrice, first 200 score, beating and drawing with West Indies and Sri Lanka in ODI series, winning 1 and and drawing 2 tests thus far in 2013 etc whether you like it or not :) I thank things like BPL and DPL where our boys gained confidence by playing with and against the best foreign players in the world.

Posted by Fogu on (October 24, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

Why respond to nonsensical comments from Billy who? Obviously his vitriol is not based on facts. Let him wallow in his hatred. This has been evenly matched series due to BD having home field. I am not sure BD can put up the same fight in NZ but I am hoping we get to experience the conditions there to improve our abilities. BD is definitely improving. Need to continue cycle in better players and remove Razzak and Rubel. Anamul has potential but he needs to take a break and focus on his foot work which is his downfall. NZ has the potential to be in the top 5 in the next two years. They have good young fast bowlers and batsmen. Like BD, this young team needs more experience. Go Tigers!

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (October 24, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

@ billy khan , when you say Bd is yet to produce any world class all-rounder, nobody would believe you never heard of Shakib al hasan, rather it only shows your grudge against Bd. I am sorry for you that new young promising players popping up in Bd now and Bd is improving or atleast moving in the right direction. Even who are already in the team, Nasir hossain Momenul Huq given their young age, would be no surprise should they become world class batsman soon and sohag gazi has the potential to become world class spinner. Pace balling was a concern but the way new players like alamin, robiul, ziaur rahman etc coming up, I think we would soon fix pace balling too. Regarding your theory of struggling, it doesnt seem Bd has struggled this seriesat all(even without effective pacers), nor did they against w.indies in past , nor did they in asia cup losing just by 2 runs in final.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 20:07 GMT)

Wow. Again a Bangladeshi comeback in the game and again some rubbish talks regarding the pitch. Mervo, I'm pretty sury you haven't observed today's play. NZ pacers were actually getting a considerable amount of turn and bounce, especially bracewell was actually able the ball to swing ferociously, delivered some snorters. It was a high quality resilience shown by the BD batsmen specially Tamim that prevented NZ bowlers from getting wickets. And you might have talked a bit too early, watch out the match today, we may have a result. But even if ends in a draw, this will be a test match, treat to watch, and both sides played it equally well.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 19:57 GMT)

Hi Bangladesh did well and become consistent about their performances but did u see the performances of Australia and Pakistan in recent test matches .Please try to understand we played a few test matches still the best all rounder is from our sight and day by day some real tigers become grown up here .Wait u will hear the roar of this mighty tigers one day .

Posted by r0ketman on (October 24, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

@billy khan: I wonder how you did not make it to the ICC selection comittee that ranks all rounders! You should sue ICC for ranking a non world class player number1 all rounder in the world for several years! ICC is missing the service of a "world class" cricket expert like Billy Khan!:-) @NZCricketfan: I mentioned NZs struggle in their formative years only to put BDs struggles in perspective, I have no intention of criticizing NZ. I have a lot of respect of NZ team, and players, they show true sportsmanship, and they are great ambassadors of the game.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (October 24, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

control/command F: flat. No one here said the pitch was flat. The only people who even used the word flat are those who are trying to defend the pitch

Posted by Mullick on (October 24, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@NZcricketfan1 ya ya you played against Aus, Eng, Pak etc...... Pakistan got test status in 1952. NZ was 22 year old in test cricket. Just after 3 years in 1955/56 NZ took on 3 year old Pak team in a 3 match test series and lost 2-0. By that time Pak had played just 14 matches and won just 2. It was Pakistan's first ever series win. It took NZ another 14 years to take the revenge. These are stats my bro. I don't hate NZ team but when you guys keep undermining the development of cricket in BD, you burn inside and do not even fall short of giving test status to Afghanistan. Why so?

Posted by i_amVIVA on (October 24, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

@kiwicricketnut Thanks for your NZ team analysis and their future. In the same token, BD has a great future to look forward to as well. This is a very young team, with the average players' age probably in the mid twenties. Sakib is a jem in both batting and bowling, Tamim is growing with patience to hold onto any batting partners, Mushfiqur is a balanced team playing leader, Gazi is becoming a world class all rounder, Mominul is showing signs of great batting future, Naser is a confident consistent addition, and there are Mortoza, Razzak, Robiul and others moving in the right direction. Furthermore, the Baby Tigers/ U19 team is showing very promising addition for near future in the pipeline. At this rate, we can expect a mighty BD team in the next 3 to 4 years that can challenge any stronger team on a regular basis, provided they are nurtured appropriately by the BCI with care and focused development and utilization from here on. And Go Tigers Go

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 18:44 GMT)

If anyone out here from New Zealand complaining about the pitch of a flat super high way, gotta mention that yeh it is and you have to deal with it, this is the subcontinental standards of pitch no difference then other Asian pitches, if you guys wanna be the best must beat up regardless what kinda challenge or pitch comes ahead of you, Just like the Australians has done here before. If you guy's wanna glory than have to rumble a road block on a super highway like them and that's the way it has to be. No yelling or complaining mate!! Good luck.

Posted by NZCricketfan1 on (October 24, 2013, 17:54 GMT)

@Billy Khan Ross Taylor is ranked number 11 test batsman in the world at the moment as was recently as high as 8. Williamson and McCullum appear in the rankings before any BD player is even visible.

On the bowling side you have Shakib at 17 who is a fine player. We have Southee at 18 Boult at 21 and Vettori at 28. Gazi is at 36. As our quicks are young this is fine I think. Wagner will go up I suspect.

We are rebuilding our team after a lot of retirements and injuries. Overall given our population is 4.5million and yours is 155 million I would actually be pretty disappointed with how you are doing. But hey I respect BD team you are just another guy who does not really look at the realities. Our team is rebuilding and is going to be much better. To be honest I don't really see that in the BD team. As soon as you get on a bouncy wicket it will be a struggle in all departments. Where is in your conditions we are competing.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 17:34 GMT)

Well done Mominul & Keep Going Bangladesh , We will win the match .

Posted by NZCricketfan1 on (October 24, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

Well done BD great fight back. Hope we don't do a calypso callapso on the last day LOL. Always a chance.

By the way someone criticised NZ for taking so long to get a test victory whereis BD got one much quicker. All I can say about that is I sure wish we had Zim to play in the old days not Australia and England, Pakistan, WI and India as we mainly did. :-}

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

This is a "ONE BATTING PERFORMANCE" from Bangladesh. They have been playing cricket for many years now at the highest level. They have yet to produce a world class batsman or bowler or an all rounder. They will struggle every series they play. Whether it's test, odi or t20. I think Zimbabwe is a much better team despite all the problems they are going through right now.

Posted by Ain_EL_Sabet on (October 24, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

anamul has no foot work or right technique , not ready to be in Bd team yet. Alamin looks promising , i think he will imporve if given chance. For odi in future, alamin and robiul should play for pace balling but no rubel hossain please .

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 17:25 GMT)

bd will win

Posted by Rafelgibt on (October 24, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Still the match is on.We must have to batted through the 50 overs of tomorrow's play out of 90 overs so that match can't let down from our hands.I hope our batsmen would play sensibly and try to remain unbeaten upto LUNCH and after that they can try to force the run rate but no way to play like ODI or t20 style to get themselves out.No words to praise Tamim and Mominul.I would like to praise extra to Tamim for consuming 200+ balls innings (Though I've been fade up by saying our batsmen to set your mind consuming at laest 100+ balls per innings) which give us a realistic chance of saving the TEST match.Go Tigers Go.Work is only half done and half would be done tomorrow inshallah.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 17:05 GMT)

some people still talking about the pitch,that the pitch is unhealthy for cricket n blah blah blah.. to those people i want to say u shud criticise when we deserve it but first learn to appreciate us when we play good cricket.just because we r handling the kiwi bowlers well doesn't mean the pitch is a highway road,it shows bangladesh's progress in test cricket.Today the pitch had both bounce n carry n bowlers were able to spin n swing the ball.So stop complaining about the pitch. BTW loved the way tamim n mominul batted today hopefully the team can continue this the next day......waiting to see mominul score a double hundred.

Posted by sysubrceq0 on (October 24, 2013, 17:02 GMT)

Well played BD, hope Mominul & Gazi dont go the way of Ashraful after the initial success. I would like to see BD vs IRE ODI series twice or thrice a year to get IRE match practice for WC and also IRE vs AFG before world cup.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (October 24, 2013, 16:53 GMT)

So it takes a patient Tamim for the rest of the team to be patient? That's not fair on Tamim's part. He should be able to play his strokes. Others should mature enough to follow him. This was one thing Jamie Siddions made sure. But he applied that "rule" (he had many official team rules!) so bluntly that it made rest of the team suffer often. They have to bring that rule back but have to be subtle about it.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

Ban Tiger I proud Mominul......

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (October 24, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Well done Bangladesh!! I remember in the past Bangladesh would've collapsed and lost by an innings when the opposition has like over a 100 lead. But what Bangladesh proved today is that they have finally come of age and improved across all forms and aiming to become that competitive team for once. Don't forget that this team is very young and don't have as much test match experience as the so called "top 8". Highest cap player in the Bangladesh side only 36 test matches so that shows how interested Bangladesh are in becoming a better test side but the job is still not done of course. Even the crowd today proves just how much passion and support there is for Bangladesh Cricket and I request for more International Cricket for Bangladesh as we have been isolated of it for last few years. The competitiveness between New Zealand and Bangladesh has simply been amazing and thus a great and interesting test series. Whatever happens tomorrow, both teams should be proud of themselves.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Great to see Bangladesh batting Improving so Quickly and many talends are coming and becoming star,We hope we also will and needs to do a Amazing performance in T20 world cup 2014 and Cricket world cup 2015

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

mominul takes bd leading positioing....

Posted by benignrasha on (October 24, 2013, 16:31 GMT)

good day indeed (y) . great play by mominul haque. u really have the attitude to do something .

Posted by Greatest_Game on (October 24, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

This continues to be a fascinating series. Both teams have shown skill and character, and this hard fought series exemplifies the need for all test playing countries to have an equal place at the table.

Test cricket is about character, and Bangladesh & New Zealand have shown they have the character to take on the so-called 'big 4' teams, although it is not quite clear exactly who are the big 4 right now. Pak outplayed SA in their 1st test, although SA have come back strongly, much to my relief as a Saffa. Looking forward to more good cricket from both these increasingly strong teams.

Posted by Dhali_BD_Fan on (October 24, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

Very good to see the fightback! Great jon Tamim! Being the way you are and getting 70 runs while fighting 200+ balls is just exceptional! Mominul - is definately a talent - but need to keep improving on your results - and need to be play for the team and the game! Kane Williamson is a terrific NZ player - great to see! Anamul definately needs to be replaced for Tests, what is the point of replacing Asraful with someone just like him? Both teams need to try for a win here and not just settle for the Draw!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 15:36 GMT)

really fell proud for MOMINUL.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

The Bangladeshis unfairly slating Tamim Iqbal seem to have gone all silent all of a sudden. Go figure.

Appreciate your good players, Bangladesh.

Posted by paughvel on (October 24, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

the best thing about todays match was that, Bangladesh took lessons from the temperament of Newzealand batsmen

Posted by Crikoot on (October 24, 2013, 14:40 GMT)

Constructive criticism and feedback is healthy -- don't be reactive. Some people may have personal issues and vent out their frustration through needless and biased criticism to others. No need to take them personally. Forgive and forget -- the Golden Rule!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Bangladesh played very well today with good batting from Tamim and Mominul. But I feel pity for NZ bowlers who were much inconsistent with their line and length. Apart from the two gifted wickets by two inexperienced batsmen of BD, there was rarely any wicket taking bowling from NZ front line bowlers. They bowled short one, half-volleys, bowled on pads for easy pickings. Only Kane Williams could create little bit of pressure (and thus got the wicket of Tamim), but front line bowlers were not up to the level. Those who are complaining about pitch should consider NZ bowling. Against any good side like SA, these kind of bowling will be punished "brutally".

Posted by Chime on (October 24, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

I can only say, a long way to go not only in this match but also for our cricket. We were questioned for our ability, we remained cool, answered in the field. Mr. Yunus khan once said that test status should be snatched from us and given to Afghanistan. In the same time, pakistan scored 99 bowled out and South Africa scores 460/4, (Smith 227*, AB 157*)!!! What a shame on yunus khan.

We are not the best. But we believe that we will be the best one day. I pray to Allah that He will keep Yunus khan alive till then.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

If BD can somehow make another 150 within first two hours of the play tomorrow, NZ will have 4 and a half hours to chase down 264. There might be approximately 70 hours or less left in the day's play. So, NZ will not be in any position to win the match rather BD will be. The key for BD will be to score 150 more runs as quickly as possible and taking 2/3 early wickets of NZ. I know NZ will not go for winning the match if the target is 264. So the behavior of the peach will be another factor to look for. Although draw is the most probable result of the game, I think I can be really interesting to see the final day. As a BD fan, I think BD players can make it their day:)

Posted by CricketChat on (October 24, 2013, 14:12 GMT)

Tamim again showed today why he will never reach batting heights that his talent should have taken him to. A good knock that he couldn't convert into a big one that counts. He can learn a thing or two from Mominul.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 14:11 GMT)

I thought Bangladesh had applied themselves very well today by taking the last two wickets quickly and then batted very well.They had to take the initiative away from New Zealand and hold firm which they did extremely well.Bangladesh needs to apply themselves further to secure a draw and anything beyond that would be absolutely amazing.I am glad that Tamim Iabal had proved me wrong by playing an absolute blinder as the holding player in which i thought that he never had it in him and Mominul Haque greatly profiting from it.As Mominul Haque gets better and physically stronger he will be able to play a long sustaining innings accumulating scores of 200 plus that's how good he is and he reminds me of the same mentality as Zaheer Abbas.If Anamul Haque gets his footwork right he would be one of the best batsmen to grace cricket.

Posted by bdsmaruf on (October 24, 2013, 13:45 GMT)

it is tamim's best innings ever I have seen, even than back to back century in England. mominul, well done still have to go far. draw will be considered as win.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Bangladesh getting better and better. It is a shame that Bangladesh cricket team do not get enough opportunity to do the away tours. The awesome fightback shows the true capability of the Bangladesh batting line up. Nz team have also improved. Specially the batting. Kane Willi is a great prospect. He will be one of the best batsmans of future. Good luck to both teams for playing a good test match.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

It is high time for BCB and ICC to finding more test nations giving some schedule to play more tests with Bangladesh. If BD gets more matches to play certainly their improvement will be sustained.

Posted by r0ketman on (October 24, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

When BD gets out for less than 300 in the first inning, the BD haters shout BD is not ready for test cricket, take their status and give it to IRE, AFG or even Timbaktu! Yet when in same match BD pulls out of a very precarious situation (sign of a good test team), now the pitch is flat? Is'nt it the same pitch where a debutant left arm seamer (who seems to like to talk smack more than playing cricket) took five wickets not even 2 days ago? There have been 2 five wicket hauls in single innings on this pitch by two completely different type of bowlers. The pitch is not flat people, you do not need to get your eyes checked, BD is actually playing good test cricket!

Posted by Shahriar_Peash on (October 24, 2013, 13:13 GMT)

Welle done my little proud me,us again.i notice one major think that,Tamim palayed 216 bowl to score just 70.its nt a bad sign.he shows his brilliant responsibality.hope he will show that in remaining odi.what can i say anamul? He may not parfect for test matches. All the beast for the next day.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 24, 2013, 13:06 GMT)

Again some people here complaining about pitch here. Why is it that everytime Bangladeshi batsmen bat well some people start complaining about the pitch? Our batsmen did really well to score those runs. In first innings when we failed to score nobody was complining about the pitch they were just busy explaining how rubbish our batsmen is and now that they have done well it suddenly become a good pitch for batting? I didnt see anyone claiming that when NZ batsmen were scoring

Posted by rahiq2007 on (October 24, 2013, 13:03 GMT)

Its our "Team Bangladesh",which is showing excellent cricketing performance.Specially from last year our Mominul, Mushfiq, Sohag Gazi are very much regular in test Cricket.

Hope "Team Bangladesh" can be the no 1 team within very short time.

Best of Luck "Tigers".

Posted by British_North_America on (October 24, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Mervo Does Bangladesh have to loose to prove it is a competitive wicket?

Posted by British_North_America on (October 24, 2013, 12:57 GMT)

RichDeGroen To satisfy people like you, Bangladesh should have a batting collapse to prove the pitch is competitive.They did it in the first innings now you want it in the second innings as well.In the same pitch where Pakistan was folded for 99, Graem Smith scored a double ton.Now, what is your evaluation of that pitch? LEARN to respect others ACHIEVEMENT.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

This is my Application to ICC Please give more test match for Bangladesh. Which will be also help Bangladesh Cricket and Bangladesh can also show their talents.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 12:36 GMT)

What a great innings from Mominul! Bangladesh from a few years ago would have folded by now one would think but the batting just keeps getting better and better, hope this young man can keep up the great work!

Posted by AdamShadam on (October 24, 2013, 12:35 GMT)

Always a delight to watch these sub tropical Stadiums in Bangla and the crowd for the test, good to see the future players//school children's in uniform enjoying a day out, certainly the cricket here is much loved. Now let's hope some love from the ICC as well.

Posted by RichDeGroen on (October 24, 2013, 12:32 GMT)

More terrible sub-continent pitches in this 2 'test' series.Test Matches are about bowlers taking 20 wickets. If the pitch isn't conducive to that, then it should not be a test pitch, simple. Its a complete waste of the players talents to be forced to slug out 5 days of meaningless cricket on this rubbish. No bounce, no pace, no turn, NOTHING. Who cares about centuries in a draw? Honestly the NZers might has well have stayed at home and watched paint dry (like the rest of us have been doing metaphorically in watching this series). Along with Galle and Pallekelle, these venues should be overhauled before another ball is bowled. This series was a chance for Bangledesh to win a homes series on turning wickets and overtake NZ in the rankings. How exciting would that have been to see?

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

For me Mominul is the next liitle master. And thumbs up to Tamim's patience. (Y)

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 12:18 GMT)

Shakib is our best player for some time. He is also the best Test alrounder in test cricket. some of his extravagant shot at the end of the day was very risky. I do not understand why he was trying to score with each ball or chasing for quick score. Shakib and Tamim are two best players of BD and they are playing for long time but recently i can not see they score 100 or 150 to save a test match. They love to play their shots but different situation demands different skills of patience. They are good for one day or t20 but still in test cricket they have to prove a lots.They should play with more responsibilities,

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (October 24, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

Really pleased with our boys performance today. Specially with Tamim's batting. He seemed very responsible and didn't throw his wicket away which is exactly what we needed. Now we need a big innings from Shakib and need mominul to stick there. We can still save this test but to do so we've to do something that we usually fail to do. We'e to ensure that there isn't any batting collapse tomorrow. Good Luck to them. Hope they perform well tomorrow

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 12:08 GMT)

If ICC wants test cricket to be more interesting there should be more test match for Bangladesh. This will also help Bangladesh Cricket and Bangladesh can also show their talents.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 12:04 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal & Mominul Howe shower their temperament. Its very good sign for Bangladesh Cricket team. We hope Bd team will more better result, if they play more test mach's. As as Bangladeshi fan- i think if we can draw it will be same result as win. My request & suggest for BCB selectors- Rubel & Anamul Out for test squade. And add Shamshur Rahman Shuvo & Robiul Islam.

Posted by Fogu on (October 24, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Good fightback by the Tigers! This could have turned ugly but BD has shown over the last couple of years that they will fight back. Every now and again we may throw in a stinker but we are more consistent with our batting. Definitely need to have a couple of better bowlers and another opener but it looks like we have some nice pieces in place. Kudos to NZ for fighting hard on tough conditions. This is headed for a draw unless there is a spectacular batting collapse from either teams. If BD takes a lead of 250 and gives NZ 45-50 overs to chase, it may get interesting. Go Tigers!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:58 GMT)

What a perform by Mominul haque.extreamly ecceptional

Posted by Stevros3 on (October 24, 2013, 11:52 GMT)

@Mervo The main reason for the draw is not the pitch it's the weather a entire day pretty much has been lost to the rain. If there were two days left it would be nicely poised, unfortunatley rain has interveend and whilst a draw is clearly the most likely result both sides have a realistic (if outside) chance of getting a win.

Posted by AdamShadam on (October 24, 2013, 11:34 GMT)

Have a good sleep and good fish curry with not too many bones of course, but do it all over again 2morw! thanks! Mominul bhai!!!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

Tamim played his best Test innings ever I seen, Mominul is playing such a great world class innings as a Bangladeshi batsman ever I seen ... brilliant, fantastic, mind-blowing ... speechless ... Carry On bro ...

Posted by jb633 on (October 24, 2013, 11:21 GMT)

When are the ICC going to investigate the pitches in Bangladesh and New Zeland. The pitches of both these countries are appalling. I would far rather watch a game on a minefield than this drivel. There is no enjoyment for the fans watching this stuff and surely the ICC must intervene at some point and have a word with the boards. The pitches New Zeland have been producing in the last 5 years have been similarly poor, with no seam/spin or even variable bounce. The game of cricket has got to be a balance between bat and ball and the pitches are not allowing for this. Bangladesh are making these lifeless pitches so their batsmen will not be found wanting technically and therefore can look like they are making improvements. I am not sure what NZ are doing producing lifeless wickets as it does not favour their style of play. They need to go back to producing a few green tops that make for interesting cricket. A very poor test match series this has been ( and I have watched most of it).

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:19 GMT)

Bangladesh needs more test matches. Its really nice to see some real world class players in the squad. best of luck............

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:17 GMT)

In first innings Mominul got out badly; but in 2nd innings he is compensating well so far, may be the double! This time wish BAN will save the match & that will be a big sign of improvement.

Posted by Rafelgibt on (October 24, 2013, 11:14 GMT)

Well- done Mominul and Tamim. Anamul Haque really needs break from TEST squad.He needs to work on his footwork and temperament while playing in the national league.He is talented no doubt about that but for his own betterment Selectors must provide him few years to get back into track.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:11 GMT)

Bangladesh won't win this test. However, they have held their own against NZ, toe to toe and have thus proved that they are no longer pushovers. With continuous talent coming into this side, I foresee them being a formidable cricket force in the coming years. Mominul's back to back centuries and Gazi's hattrick followed up with the hundred are clear signs of what's to come.

Posted by Mervo on (October 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT)

Another boring face-saving draw. Can't better wickets be prepared there? Get help!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

Good n ya mominul.. Keep it up..mate..

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:07 GMT)

good to see people from different countries appreciating B'desh's performance.BD will become a very competitive test nation if they are given more matches. Go tigers....

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:05 GMT)

BD players should realize that there is no way they can win this test match. Best possible result for BD is a draw. Draw a match in a tuff situation will test BD players mental strength and maturity. It is much much better than drawing in a flattest pitches. Another thing if they can draw the match by batting as long as possible then the series will be drawn which was BD's promary target from the beginning. Mirpur pitch is a hopeless for BD team. If i remember last 5 years no test pitch helped BD team than the way it helped opponents. BCB should dig out this mirpur pitch as least for test.Our think tank with BCB should sit down and make a long term plan . how they can win a test match against big boys in short time? if we need a cricket pundit/ experts for positive result in test match then appoint them. BD should make the home condition best suitable according to BD's strengths. First class structure should also play according to our strengths. performance should be consistent.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT)

Tamim and Mominul showed the real efficiency of Bangladesh. Hope Shakib will continue the same on next day. Tigers are roaring.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Mominul the Bradman of Bangladeah!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 10:53 GMT)

Mominul is showing the real emper of Test cricket. Really feeling good to watch this kind kind of batting.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

good batting today by mpminul

Posted by Live.Suman on (October 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

Cricket World find a new Schin which is our Mominul.....go ahead Tiger!!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 10:18 GMT)

shakib al hasan is an amazingly talented player. He is only 26 but has almost 4000 runs in ODi's and 160 wickets. Tests stats aren't as mind boggling mainly due to lack of tests Bangladesh play, but are still very very good. If he continues to go at this rate then he can end up with over 10000 runs and 400-450 wickets. In Odi' he could probably make into the team as a specialist bowler alone. In tests he is also a very good genuine all rounder, although not quite as good as he is in ODi's. If he continues at this rate, then he could probably end up with over 5000 runs and 250-300 wickets, stats which would compare with likes of kapil, botham, imran, hadlee etc. He really is a wonderful talent. When someone is as good has him it means a team is playing with 12 people. Although those kind are very rare, especially in today's age: the only other players I think that can perform both roles in tandem in this decade are flintoff, but even they only played this role for about 3-4 years.

Posted by 22many on (October 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT)

If BD batted like this in the first innings when many threw their wickets away, they might have well won this test. BMac once again showed his captaincy flaws, bringing on his quick bowler with no first slip ,first ball it gets nicked right where he should have been...don't win to many tests doing that

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 9:57 GMT)

Go ahead Bangladesh team our nation with yours side.

Posted by simpleadmin on (October 24, 2013, 9:43 GMT)

I m frm India...Congrats bangladesh,,u have got an exiting test prospect in the form of Mominul and nasir hossain,,,good to see tamim batting so responsibly when pressure is on,,,i actually feel if bdesh save this test it will be a great day for bdesh cricket,,,plz bcb encourage these players as they r highly talented,,,all the best BDESH...

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 9:37 GMT)

go ahead bd team, showing great batting display, congratulations mominul! lead 200 + then possible to good result.

Posted by MAN_AT_WORK on (October 24, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

What a fantastic game of cricket playing by Bangladesh and NZ Its worth waking up 4 o clock every morning. Good game

Posted by paughvel on (October 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

If Bangladesh can take a lead of 200 runs by the end of this day and bat for another couple of hours tomorrow, anything is possible.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

@warmcoffe well said mate. i agree with u. abdur razzak is a odi t20 bowler never a test bowler (my opinion) he done well in national circuit but i dont see any test specialty in him. also same thing for rubel. in odi/t20 he can survive with random line length but in test there is no chance of dat. bad ball always being punished and release pressure off from batsman. if a pace bowler cant get help from wicket at least he can bowl in a good line length keep pressure on batsman by cutting down run which our new recruit al amin showed earlier and also nz bowler c.anderson n.wagner showed and took wicket.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 8:39 GMT)

anamul wasted his chance and he have to learn how to move his feet according to ball otherwise he will fail most of d time . both mominul and tamim playing very well. this is d way how to play test. still a long way to go. make a decent lead around of 200+ will take out the equation of loss. pitch still looks good to bat except some little crack. hope there will be more and big crack on pitch tomorrow and our spinner can take dat advantages and trouble nz batters. nicely balanced game anything can happen. jst bring positive result on our side ;)

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

Anamul is not fit for test at all!! Naeem or Jaharul should be on his place!! Hope same mistake will not happen again in future!!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

A great innings by Tamim Iqbal, never have seen him to leave that much balls outside off stamp where in other circumstances he would flashed at those (and possibly get edges!). Really playing a gem of an innings. And good consistent batting by Mominul too. Bangladesh really now is a good test team, to fight back 150+ lead confidently. Now BD have to prove this in hostile conditions so that they can't be called as another typical sub-continent team to only play good cricket in its own soil..

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 8:28 GMT)

Till now it's good going by Tamim &Mominul.keep it up.Hopefully they will not loss their determination & concentration in the evening session.If Bangladesh can go to the final day by lossing only 1 Wicket more , it will be easy for Bangladesh to draw the match tomorrow& obviously it will be a great achievement for our team.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Also Abdur Razzak and Rubel Hossain are not fit for tests. Their poor records speak for themselves and no wonder the team had trouble bowling out New Zealand lower order and tail. 7 batsman is not enough for Bangladesh for tests since they can obviously be vulnerable so in future bring back Mahmudullah and play him at 8 again who can also bowl.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (October 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT)

And that's how Bangladesh batsman should be playing in tests. They can play their usual aggressiveness in the limited overs which is what these formats are for but test requires a different approach - temperament, shot selection, stamina, concentration etc Bangladesh batsman are naturally talented stroke-makers and should always let their talent do the talking and along with in future tests used their mind accordingly and to the situation. I agree with fellow bangla fans that selection has to be a lot better. Anamul Haque has the talent and I even rate him more than Nasir and Mominul but his footwork is poor and for now should stay away from the test team and concentrate in ODIs. Instead, bring Naeem who has the best temperament in the side in and play him at 3 for future tests and Marshall Ayub at 2 even though that's not his position but has the perfect technique to succeed at 2. Its not like we have any other promising opener out there which has been a problem for the team.

Posted by QTS_ on (October 24, 2013, 8:12 GMT)

Thunderstorms predicted all day tomorrow. BD might have crawled into a safe position already.

Posted by provatnazmi on (October 24, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

Its good see the position of Bangladesh in this test. Tamim is taking responsibility as a key player and Mominul is doing very well. If they can continue more and other batsman can maximize their efforts then I believe this test will bring good result for Bangladesh !!

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 8:08 GMT)

BAN batsmen need to score in the right pace if they ever going to win a match. Look @Tamim's strike rates in this match and 2nd inns in Ctg. In the 1st inns he should have scored in the pace he is scoring in the 2nd inns. In Ctg he should have scored faster to give his team a chance to win.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 7:52 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal is building his best ever innings under pressure. This is the way how to play according to the course of the game. Best of luck boys.

Posted by masum2181 on (October 24, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

Anamul is not at all fit for test. BD could have give chance to Naeem.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 7:20 GMT)

A lead by at least 290+ may save the test. So, they need to build some solid partnerships. We look forward to watching some good cricket from Tamim, Mominul, Shakib, Mushfique, Nasir and Sohag.

Posted by   on (October 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

anamul must drop from test squad. no foot work at all. ayub maybe good at domestic lavel but still new at international lavel. ayub need more must post st least 300+ run other way nw very easily win this test match

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