Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So overall, a back-and-forth day's play has ended with New Zealand having the advantage. Kane Williamson opted not to use Mitchell Santner, his premier spinner, at all for some reason. What it meant was that his fast bowlers had to deal with a heavy workload on the opening day of the first Test, especially their strike bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult who bowled 52.3 overs between them. They will now get to put their feet up after a hard day's toil. How will New Zealand respond to this total? Join us tomorrow to find out. Until then..

So it will be Southee who gets the five-for. New Zealand needed exactly one day to bowl Bangladesh out and they had to endure their share of frustrating passages of play, especially when the short ball did not work in their favour against the lower order. That passage made for some bizarre bowling from New Zealand as they kept banging it in short on a surface that had no pace. A significant lot was taken off the ball after it landed on the surface which meant the batsmen had enough time to suss out the bounce and deal with it by ducking under or getting on top of it to play it. The pitch did get quicker late in the day, and in the end, their short-ball strategy did fetch them wickets, but they would have certainly liked to be more clinical. For a while, it seemed as though they were listlessly going through the motions, waiting for something to happen. That, after all the hard work had been done and they had an inexperienced lower order to bowl to. Credit to Bangladesh's debutants Nurul Hasan and Mazmul Hossain Shanto for showing the application and patience to grind it out which was largely absent when some of their senior players were batting. Not to forget Kamrul Islam Rabbi who batted 63 balls for 2 runs. New Zealand also had their share of concerns on the field with all the dropped catches. But overall, they will be pleased with the total they have restricted Bangladesh to after opting to bowl on a flat deck.

Gary MacLennan: "the last pair used up seven overs for 17 runs. I am sure NZ were delighted to see them struggle to little or no effect. A flurry of strokes would have gotten as much and would have given BD more time to bowl at the NZ openers. Poor tactics."

Southee to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, OUT, rapped on the pads and given out by umpire Paul Reiffel. That was a superb ball, angling in on a fuller length and straightening late to beat the inside edge to ping him on the pad. Bangladesh opt for a review and replays confirm that there was no edge involved and the ball would have hit middle and off

Kamrul Islam Rabbi lbw b Southee 2 (92m 63b 0x4 0x6) SR: 3.17

Southee to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, no run, short of a length, angling in, does not get up probably as much as expected but he ducks under
Southee to Kamrul Islam Rabbi, no run, fuller on off, sticks his bat out without feet and gets beaten as the ball swung away

84 | 6 Runs | BDESH: 289/9

  • Rubel Hossain16 (21b)
  • Kamrul Islam2 (60b)
  • Trent Boult24-4-87-4
  • Tim Southee28-7-94-4
Boult to Rubel Hossain, no run, fuller ball, brings the bat down late as he is beaten by pace and the ball goes past the inside edge to the keeper

He is back up now and ready to face.

Boult to Rubel Hossain, no run, Rubel has copped a painful blow below his elbow. And it's on his bowling arm. He's down, in some pain and is being attended to. That was one nasty blow. It was a hort of good length ball and he was forward looking to defend. But the ball did not bounce as much and pinged him back on the bottom part of the elbow. That was a horrendous blow. Still being attended to and it seems like we will have an extended break in play
Boult to Rubel Hossain, no run, back of a length outside off, swing and a miss
Boult to Rubel Hossain, 2 runs, moves across before backing away as the bowler fires it full and on leg stump and it is squeezed out to deep fine leg. They charge back for the second and the throw comes on at the non-striker's end. Some mix-up there, so there was a chance of a run out but they make it back
Boult to Rubel Hossain, FOUR runs, sees the width and slaps it square of the wicket behind point, with an open bat face
Boult to Rubel Hossain, no run, says leg side of the ball and opens the bat face to steer it wide of backward point
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Sarkar's first


Previous highest score for Soumya Sarkar in Tests, in 5 inns before this. He made his maiden fifty in this match. Also, he opened for the first time in Tests

Shakib continues


No. of scores of 50 or more for Shakib against New Zealand - the most for him against any team. He averages 68.63 in 14 inns vs NZ.

In-form Nurul


Nurul Hasan's average in his last seven first-class innings, before making his Test debut today. His scores in those 7 inns - 182*, 76, 18, 79*, 52, 22, 103*.

Southee's second


No. of five-wkt hauls in last 3 home Tests for Southee. Prior to this, he did not take any five-for in 24 home Tests after grabbing one on his debut.

Latham in top form


No. of 50+ scores for Latham in the last 7 Tests, including this. No other New Zealand batsman has made more than 4 such scores in these matches.

Taylor's milestone


No. of NZ batsmen to score 6000 or more runs in Tests, including Ross Taylor who got there in this match. Fleming (7172) and McCullum (6453) are the others.

second of the series


No. of fifties for Henry Nicholls in this series, including this inns. Prior to this series, he had made only 2 fifties in 9 Tests and 14 inns.

Shakib strikes


Wickets by Shakib in 2 overs (67th & 69th). He had bowled only 4 overs out of his team's first 66 overs before this spell. This is also his first 3-wkt haul in NZ.

Southee's 200


No. of NZ bowlers to pick up 200 or more Test wickets, including Southee. He is the 2nd fastest for NZ to do it in 56 Tests after Hadlee who got there in 44 Tests.

Southee-Bolt show


Last time NZ's opening bowlers picked up 15 or more wickets in a Test, before this - against WI in Wellington. Southee and Bolt did the damage on that occasion too.