Tigers struggling to skip innings defeat
Published: 01:57 PM, 2 March 2019
Tigers are struggling to skip innings defeat by losing four quick wickets left them in a troublesome position as they scored 174/4 at stumps on the third day of the first test at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday.
Bangladesh still trailed by 307 runs and remained six wickets in hand as need to bat six more sessions if they want to save this match which seems to be a quite difficult task.
Though openers Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam got off to a solid start, in reply to the mountain of runs of 715/6 (dec) New Zealand scored in their first innings, contributing 88 runs for the opening stand but they lost their four top-order batsmen rapidly in the span of 38 runs, leaving them in a deep trouble.
Opener Tamim Iqbal, who scored a magnificent century in the first innings, again shine with the bat with a fluent 74-run off 86-ball before he was the victim of Tim Southee while his partner Shadman fell to Wagner after making 37.
Soumya Sarkar with 39 and skipper Mahmudullah with 15 on the crease and ensured no further damage for Bangladesh.
Trent Boult was the pick of New Zealand bowler taking two Bangladesh’s wickets for 53 runs.
Earlier, Skipper Kane Williamson’s scored a double ton as New Zealand declared their first innings at 715 for 6 in reply to a Bangladesh’s first innings total of 234.
The Black Caps skipper Williamson remained unbeaten on 200 as the Hosts took massive 481-run first innings to lead when they called the innings off midway through day three.
Hard-hitting Colin de Grandhomme took New Zealand past their previous record score 690 against Pakistan in 2014 with a huge six, one of five in his tornado innings of unbeaten 76.
In a session and a half on day three, New Zealand smacked 264 off 45 overs with Williamson becoming the first Black Caps to post 20 centuries. It was his second highest score behind an unbeaten 242 against Sri Lanka in 2015.
It is only the 13th time in the history of Test cricket and the second time by Black Caps that the first three batsmen have scored centuries in the same innings.
The only other top three New Zealand batsmen scored centuries in the same innings were Mark Richardson (145), Lou Vincent (106) and Scott Styris (119) against India at Chandigarh in 2003.
South Africa scored three centuries at the top of the innings against Bangladesh at Bloemfontein in October 2017, as India did in Dhaka in 2007.
For Williamson, it has been an innings of milestones as the Black Caps skipper became the first batsman to score 20 Test centuries for his country.
In the course of his 71st Test, he has also joined 6,000 runs club, becoming the fourth and fastest New Zealander to do so and with the best average of 52.79 after he resumed the third day on 93 and was content to take a back seat while Neil Wagner pushed the score to a 60-run stand for the fourth wicket partnership.
Wagner, who claimed five wickets in Bangladesh’s first innings, finished with his Test-best 47 of which 42 runs came from boundaries — six fours and three sixes. His blistering innings finally came to an end when he was caught behind to give Ebadat Hossain his first Test wicket.
After Bangladesh was bundled out for 234 in their first innings, the host batsmen pounded the bowling for two days.
Openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval set the platform from the front when they added a 254-run opening stand.
When resuming day three at 451 for four, Williamson was content to take a backseat as nightwatchman Neil Wagner blazed away contributing 47 runs 42 from boundaries in their 60-run stand.
New Zealand scored 154 before lunch and with de Grandhomme in the middle to liven up proceedings with Williamson after lunch they blasted another 110 in 15 overs before declaring.
Soumya Sarkar was the pick of Bangladesh bowler taking two wickets conceding 68 while Mehedy Hasan also took two wickets but proved as most expensive Test bowling figures in New Zealand with two for 246 from 49 overs.
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