Dhaka, Mar 10 (UNB)- After two full days were washed out due to persistent rain, the second Test of three-match series between Bangladesh and New Zealand started at Basin Reserve in Wellington on Sunday.
Bangladesh failed to post a challenging total for the hosts as they all out for 211 while losing four wickets to Neil Wagner in their first innings after losing the toss.
Before rain stopped the play again, New Zealand started their innings and lost Jeet Raval (3) and Tom Latham (4) to Abu Jayed Rahi in eight runs only. They ended with 38 for two wickets, meaning, the hosts are trailing by 173 runs at the end of the third day. Kane Williamson (10) and Ross Taylor (19) remained unbeaten.
Unlike the first two days, the third day started with the players warming up in the field, and the toss was performed timely at 10am local time.
Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam started the innings with a solid stand of 75 runs which was indicating to good batting wicket. But the Tigers tumbled for 211 on the brink of the Tea break.
Like in the first innings of the first Test in Hamilton, Neil Wagner kept delivering short ball after coming to the action as number three bowler. However, the first wicket was taken by Colin de Grandhomme.
Shadman (27) went to block a delivery off Grandhomme what was toward the fourth stump line, but he failed to move his foot properly and just manage a thick edge to the lap of the slip fielder Ross Taylor who took an easy catch.
Before the dismissal, Shadman accompanied Tamim in three fifty-plus opening stand in Test cricket.
Wagner came to bowl in 31st over and in the very next over of him, he scalped the wicket of MominulHaque (15). The southpaw went to leave the bowl. But at the end of passing the batsman, the ball kissed his gloves, and BJ Watling took a comfortable catch. Before the lunch break, Bangladesh lost another wicket when Mohammad Mithun (3) tried to drop a short delivery of Wagner down but only managed an edge to get caught out.
Wagner took his third straight wicket when Tamim went to pull but managed a flick to square leg, and Tim Southe took an easy catch. The ball was at stomach height and Tamim failed to clear it accurately. He ended up scoring 74 with four boundaries, which is his third consecutive 50-plus score in the ongoing Test series.
SoumyaSarkar, who struck his maiden Test ton in the previous game in Hamilton, fell for 20 this time. Matt Henry delivered a short delivery, and Soumya disappointed to clear it. He only managed a top-edge to the wicketkeeper Watling.
After losing five wickets in 152 runs, the onus was on Mahmudullah and Liton Das to stretch the innings with the tailenders. But they failed to do so.
Mahmudullah, the captain of Bangladesh, who recorded his best Test innings the previous game, failed to stay long in the middle this time. He fell prey to Wagner scoring only 13.
In the seventh wicket stand, Taijul Islam and Liton Das added 38 runs, and they helped the Tigers to pass 200-runs mark. But with breaking this partnership, Bangladesh lost the last four wickets in five runs, and three of them fell prey to Trent Boult.
Neil Wagner ended with taking four wickets conceding 28 runs while Trent Boult took three for 38.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — Prime Bank Cricket Club and Prime Doleshwar Sporting earned victories in their respective matches of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) at different venues on Saturday.
Prime Bank beat Khelaghar Samaj Kallyan Samity by two wickets at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium while Prime Doleshwar outplayed Shinepukur Cricket Club by nine wickets at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
Shinepukur set a target of 176 for Prime Doleshwar in Fatullah in 47.1 over, which Doleshwar chased down in 32.5 overs.
While chasing, Doleshwar lost the wicket of Shykat Ali in 57 runs. But they managed to score the remaining runs without losing any wicket. Saif Hassan and Farhad Hossain remained unbeaten on 60 and 40 respectively.
Earlier, Shinepukur tumbled for 175 all-out in 47.1 overs. Most of their batsmen failed to capitalise a good start. They lost the first wicket in six runs when opener Suhrawardi Shuvo fell prey to Arafat Sunny for five.
In the second wicket stand, they posted 42 runs. Sabbir Hossain was the second man to get dismissed for Shinepukur. He scored 31 runs off 31 balls.
Towhid Hridoy and Delwar Hossain were the other batsmen to post more than 30 runs. Towhid posted 33 while Delwar scored 40 coming to bat at number eight.
Farhad Reza, the best all-rounder of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League T20, took three wickets for Prime Doleshwar while Arafat Sunny bagged two wickets for them.
In the other match, Khelaghar posted 195 all-out while batting first against Prime Bank, who chased it in 47 overs (196/8).
Rubel Mia was the best scorer for Prime Bank as he struck 46 while opening the innings with captain Anamul Haque (37).
Along with them, Ariful Haque (32*) and Nahidul Islam (31) were the most successful batsman for them.
Irfan Hossain took three wickets for Khelaghar while Robiul Haque took two for them.
Earlier, Khelaghar posted 195 runs while batting first in the match with the help of Amit Majumder (36), Ashok Menaria (35) and the captain Nazimuddin (29). Besides them, Robiul Islam Robi (16), Mosaddek Iftekhar (19), Masum Khan (17) and Robiul Haque (14) contributed with the bat as well.
Right-arm pacer Ariful Haque was the best bowler for Prime Bank as he scalped four wickets conceding 32 runs in seven overs while leg-spinner Alok Kapali bagged three wickets.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — Right-arm pacer Shafiul Islam bagged five wickets in a List-A game for the first time in his career to help Mohammedan Sporting Club defeat Gazi Group Cricketers on Saturday.
Gazi, sent to bat first, posted 182 at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) grounds in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL).
Mohammedan chased it down (183/7) with three wickets in hand in 45.2 overs with the help of captain Raqibul Hasan’s unbeaten 82.
Gazi bowlers dominated the match initially, taking five wickets in 51 runs. Mohammedan lost the first wicket in 25 runs when Abdul Mazid (13) fell to Ruhel Ahmed. Mohammad Ashraful, the former Bangladesh captain, came in at number three but suffered a golden duck.
After losing Mazid and Ashraful in successive deliveries, Mohammedan lost the wickets of Avishek Mitra (24) and Irfat Shukkur (0) on 48 in two consecutive deliveries.
Along with them, Nadif Chowdhury (1) and Bipul Sharma (9) also failed to help Mohammedan accelerate the innings. However, Raqibul was firm with the bat. In the eighth wicket stand, Raqibul and Sohag Gazi added 49 runs.
Eventually, Raqibul struck unbeaten 82, and Sohag scored 29 to ensure a win in their first match of the league.
Earlier in the match, Gazi stuttered at the start of the innings as they were at 26 for the loss of six wickets. Shafiul scalped three wickets in his first eight balls.
Mehedi Hasan was the first batsman to get dismissed. Rony Talukdar and Shamsur Rahman were also removed by Shafiul. After Shafiul bagged three early wickets, Alauddin Babu scalped the wicket of Gazi’s captain Imrul Kayes, who just posted seven runs.
Shafiul took the wicket of Raihan Uddin in his fourth over and bagged the fifth one - Parvez Rasool- in his fifth over to complete the five-wicket haul.
However, in the seventh wicket stand, Touhid Tareq and Shamsul Islam added 101 runs to avoid an embarrassing total.
Touhid fell during the 33rd over after hitting 56. Shamsul remained unbeaten for 71 off 111 deliveries. Coming into bat at number nine, Abu Hider struck 26.
Shafiul took five wickets conceding 32 runs, while Sohag Gazi bagged two wickets and Alauddin Babu, and Mohammad Ashraful scalped one each.
Shafiul was adjudged as the man of the match.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — Rain has washed away the first two days of the second Test of three-match series between Bangladesh and New Zealand. But Tigers head coach Steve Rhodes believes that it is possible to get a result in the remaining three days at Wellington.
“I think cricket is a strange game,” Rhodes told the media on Saturday. “We saw a lot of two days and three days games. So, there is still a good chance of result (in this game). But let us see how the weather remains tomorrow.”
Rhodes said the situation “is very frustrating” for both teams. There was a chance to play for 40 minutes but both teams decided not to.
“Maybe at a certain point of time, the umpires felt that with 40 minutes of play it is certainly going to be unfair to one of the teams. So, they decided to start again tomorrow, and I think that was the right call,” he said.
New Zealand are leading the series 1-0. In the first Test, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult bowled superbly, and Kane Williamson hit his second Test double-ton.
On the other hand, Tamim Iqbal hit a ton in the first innings, and Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad replicated the same feat in the second innings but that was not enough to avoid a defeat by an innings and 52 runs.
Bangladesh have so far failed to win any of the 14 Tests they played against the Kiwis.
Dhaka, Mar 9 (UNB) — After day one has gone away due to persistent rain, the second day was also flushed out by non-stop rain in Wellington as Bangladesh and New Zealand yet to perform toss in the second Test of three-match series.
New Zealand lead the series 1-0 as they outplayed the touring side in the first Test of the series by an innings and 52 runs in Hamilton. Along with the pacer-duo- Neil Wagner and Trent Boult, the Kiwi captain Kane Williamson performed well in the first match.
While Wagner and Boult registered five-wicket haul in the first and second innings of Bangladesh, Williamson struck his second Test double-ton in the only innings of New Zealand.
Heading to the second Test, Bangladesh’s biggest challenge is to bounce back to stay alive in the series. But the persistent rain raised the question mark to the possible result in Wellington.
After losing two successive days to rain, it is unlikely to see a result in the second Test of the series which still to observe a toss performed by the captains of both teams.
Unlike the day one, there was a hope of hosting at least a session on day two at 4pm local time. But the rain came again, and the last hope faded away. The players from both teams were warming up, but at the end of the day, they went back to the dressing room without taking any part in the match.