New Zealand v Bangladesh, only Test, Hamilton, 1st day

New Zealand eyeing at least 400, says Ingram

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 15, 2010

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Peter Ingram drives with poise on debut, New Zealand v Bangladesh, only Test, Hamilton, February 15, 2010
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The New Zealand batsman Peter Ingram, who marked his debut with a brisk 42, believes the home side can cross 400. An unbeaten 100-run association between Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum enabled New Zealand to overcome a tough position and finish the first day on top.

"We'll be looking for 400-450," he said. "The boys will be going out there doing their routines and processes the best they can to try and achieve that. There's a positive feeling in the camp. We talked about more guys needing to go on. Hopefully the boys do that tomorrow and put Bangladesh under pressure."

Ingram, 31, found himself at the crease in the sixth over after Shafiul Islam picked up Tim McIntosh. He began confidently with a series of boundaries before his dismissal - a loose pull shot to mid-on - left New Zealand 66 for 3. They became 126 for 4 when the impressive Rubel Hossain picked up his third wicket, Ross Taylor.

"I'm happy with the way I played until the shot I played when I got out," said Ingram. "It was a bad decision and bad execution. I felt like I hit balls that were there to be hit and played well until I made a bad decision and I got out. The wicket is a nice easy pace and good to bat on. I'm pretty gutted I threw it away really.

"We all got starts and more guys need to go and make big scores which hopefully Guppy [Guptill] and Baz [McCullum] do tomorrow. Rubel bowled some good heat and you've got to be on top of your game every ball."

After taking those early wickets Bangladesh were seriously tested by Guptill and McCullum and will go into the second day trying to limit the damage. "We had a good chance the first two hours when we bowled well and fielded well," said Mohammad Ashraful. "But later on we didn't take any wickets so we've gone from 158 for five to 258 for five. Tomorrow we have to bowl well and take the rest of the wickets. The wicket was good I think. Rubel bowled well and Shakib [Al Hasan] bowled well but it's not turning that much."

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