Chittagong - Young left-hander Mominul Haque scored an impressive 181 as
Bangladesh made light of New Zealand's bowling attack on the third day
of the first Test in Chittagong on Friday.
anchored the innings to notch up his maiden Test century as the hosts,
replying to New Zealand's 469, cruised to 380-7 by stumps at the Zahur
Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (67) added 92 for
the fifth wicket with Mominul to lift Bangladesh to 301-4, before both
batsmen fell in the space of six deliveries after tea.
left-arm seamer Corey Anderson, who had conceded just 10 runs in his
first 10 overs, was rewarded for his accuracy when he trapped Mominul
Rahim fell in Doug Bracewell's next over, caught by a diving Ross Taylor in the slips, as the hosts slipped to 301-6.
Hossain (46) and Sohag Gazi (28 not out) frustrated the Black Caps
further with a 70-run stand for the seventh wicket on a slow pitch that
offered no assistance to the bowlers.
The hosts, who have lost
eight and drawn one of their nine Tests against New Zealand, trail by 89
runs with three wickets in hand.
Anderson was the lone New
Zealand bowler to emerge with credit in unhelpful conditions, returning
with figures of 2-23 from 14 overs.
Fellow newcomer Ish Sodhi went
for 1-89 in 22 overs of leg-spin, while left-arm slow bowler Bruce
Martin conceded 83 runs in 21 unsuccessful overs.
nicknamed Sourav by team-mates for a batting style that reminds them of
former India captain Sourav Ganguly, hit 27 boundaries.
just 19 runs short of becoming only the second Bangladesh batsmen after
Rahim to score a Test double-century. The skipper Rahim hit 200 against
Sri Lanka in Galle in March this year.
Mominul, who came in to bat
in his fourth Test match with Bangladesh struggling at 8-2 on Thursday
evening, launched a spectacular counter-attack to keep the Black Caps at
Mominul put on 126 for the third wicket with debutant Marshall Ayub, who defended dourly at the other end while making 25.
The pair, resuming at 103-2, took the score to 134 when Ayub was caught behind to hand Anderson his first Test wicket.
captain Shakib Al Hasan scored 19 in a fourth-wicket stand of 46 with
Mominul when he was caught behind off Kane Williamson in the first over
The second Test will be played in Dhaka from October 21 to 25, followed by three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match.