New Zealand vs Bangladesh, 1st Test at Dunedin, , Jan 04 2008 - Ball by Ball Commentary

1st Test, Dunedin, January 04 - 06, 2008, Bangladesh tour of New Zealand
137 & 254
(T:35) 357 & 39/1

New Zealand won by 9 wickets

Player Of The Match
3/23, 117 & 1/21
NZ 2nd Innings
Full commentary

In the end it was all too easy for New Zealand. The prospects of this Test going in to the fourth or fifth day looked bright after Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique resisted with positive energy yesterday. But as has happened so often with Bangladesh, the good times fizzled out really quickly today after both fell early and the rest just couldn't capitalise on the start. The middle order lacked the patience required to bat on this pitch and there isn't much time to recover before the second Test.

New Zealand will take plenty of positives out of this game, especially Matthew Bell. Craig Cumming, after failing in both innings, will have a second shot, with Jamie How competing for his slot. In all likelihood, New Zealand may go in with the same line-up in Wellington, injury permitting.

Do join us for the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington starting January 12. The coverage starts at 11.00 local time (22.00 GMT). We hope you enjoyed our company for this game. Thanks for all the mails. On behalf of my fellow crew member, Jamie Alter and Kiran, this is Kanishkaa Balachandran signing off. Cheers!

Ashraful to Fulton, SIX runs

Into the trees and it's all over....Half tracker from Ashraful, Fulton gets down and heaves it over deep square-leg for a big six

end of over 86 runs
NZ: 33/1CRR: 4.12 
Matthew Bell20 (20b 3x4)
Peter Fulton9 (12b 2x4)
Shahadat Hossain 1-0-6-0
Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-14-1
Shahadat to Bell, no run

fires in another short delivery, kicks on Bell, he goes for the hook but decides against it

Shahadat to Fulton, 1 run

another short ball, this time Fulton pulls to the fielder in the deep

Shahadat to Fulton, FOUR runs

that was unusual.... short of a length on middle and leg, the ball kicks on Fulton, he withdraws his stroke in the last second and the ball clips the outside edge and sails over the slip for four

Shahadat to Fulton, no run

cuts in to the right hander off a good length, Fulton rocks back and defends to the on side

Shahadat to Fulton, no run

outside off, pushed back to the bowler

Shahadat to Bell, 1 run

bangs it in short outside the off stump, Bell goes for the pull, he isn't in full control of it and the ball falls in the middle of nowhere behind square on the on side. Two fielders converge

Change now. Shahadat replaces Islam

end of over 75 runs
NZ: 27/1CRR: 3.85 
Peter Fulton4 (8b 1x4)
Matthew Bell19 (18b 3x4)
Mashrafe Mortaza 4-0-14-1
Sajedul Islam 3-1-13-0
Mortaza to Fulton, no run

Mortaza generates good pace, 137 kph, lands on a full length outside off, comes in a little, defended back to the bowler

Mortaza to Fulton, no run

holds the length back a little outside the off stump, Fulton gets forward and defends

Mortaza to Fulton, FOUR runs

full outside the off stump, Fulton shows the maker's name on the ball and punches it off the front foot with ease past the bowler

Mortaza to Fulton, no run

beats him just outside the off stump, the ball just shapes away a fraction as it nearly catches the edge

Mortaza to Fulton, no run

good length on off stump, Fulton stays at the crease and defends back to the bowler

Mortaza to Bell, 1 run

nudged with soft hands just in front of square leg, Bell sets off quickly for the run

end of over 69 runs
NZ: 22/1CRR: 3.66 
Peter Fulton0 (3b)
Matthew Bell18 (17b 3x4)
Sajedul Islam 3-1-13-0
Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-9-1
Sajedul to Fulton, no run

aims for the yorker length outside off, Fulton drives back firmly to the bowler who nearly flings it back

Sajedul to Fulton, no run

lands on a good length outside off, Fulton shoulders arms

Silly mid-off in place

Sajedul to Bell, 1 run

fullish in length on the pads, squeezed out to the on side for a single

Sajedul to Bell, no run

short of a length outside leg, Bell attempts a pull but misses

Sajedul to Bell, FOUR runs

Islam loses his line and length again by dishing out another wide one outside off, Bell reaches out and cuts it square, past the diving point

Sajedul to Bell, FOUR runs

Islam bangs it in short, Bell drags that from outside the off stump and clubs it over midwicket. There was nobody in the deep

end of over 51 run • 1 wicket
NZ: 13/1CRR: 2.60 
Peter Fulton0 (1b)
Matthew Bell9 (13b 1x4)
Mashrafe Mortaza 3-0-9-1
Sajedul Islam 2-1-4-0
Mortaza to Fulton, no run

Pitched well outside off and Fulton leaves it alone

Next batsman in is Peter Fulton