Alexa Tigers suffer innings defeat despite Soumya, Riyad tons

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Tigers suffer innings defeat despite Soumya, Riyad tons

 Sports Desk

 Published: 11:22 AM, 3 March 2019   Updated: 12:11 PM, 3 March 2019

Mahmudullah Riyad hit his fourth Test ton

Mahmudullah Riyad hit his fourth Test ton

Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah Riyad hit their heroic centuries but visiting Bangladesh have lost their first Test of the three-match Test series against New Zealand by an innings and 52 runs in Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday. 

After winning the Test match, New Zealand lead the series 1-0.

Kiwi pacer Trent Boult, the wrecker-in-chief of Bangladesh innings, grabbed five-wicket haul to bring the massive victory for the Black Caps. 

After the stubborn double-century partnership that took Bangladesh to 361 for 4 in their second innings, Boult finally broke the partnership sending back to Soumya for 149.

Soumya, who equaled Tamim’s record of fastest century from 94 balls, also shined with ball taking two wickets, but Bangladesh also needed him to perform with the bat. With 39 overnight score the left-handed batsman reached his fifty from 60 balls. The three figure came when took a single on the leg-side off Tim Southee to bring up his first Test century.  

The partnership finally ended in a 235-run stand with Mahmudullah for the fifth wicket and the Test was all over 68 runs later, just after tea on day four. 

The left-handed batsman Soumya composed a magnificent 149, his maiden Test century, in a heroic partnership with his skipper Mahmudullah who was the penultimate batsman removed by Southee for 146, his fourth and career-best figure. 

Though the match had belonged to New Zealand as they declared their first innings at a massive 715 for six - a first innings lead of 481 - but Soumya and Mahmudullah were determined to stretch the innings and fought bravely to deficit the defeat margin.

The duo batted together for more than 54 overs and produced the fifth best partnership by a Bangladesh pair. Bangladesh lost their remaining five wickets by only 18 overs.

It was a near-impossible task when Bangladesh resumed their second innings with overnight 174 for 4 to score a further 307 just to make the Black Caps to bat again.

But, Soumya could not hold out that long and when the new ball was taken he lasted 14 more deliveries before Boult ended his marathon innings.  

Apart from Boult’s five for 123, Tim Southee claimed three for 98 while Neil Wagner took two wickets for 104 runs.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was named the player of the match for his impressive double century.

Brief score 

1st innings: 234 for all, Tamim 126, Liton 29, Shadman 24, Wagner 5/47, Southee 3/76, Grandhomme 1/39. 

2nd innings: 429 for all, Soumya 149, Mahmudullah 146, Tamim 74, Shadman 37, Boult 5/123, Southee 3/98 and Wagner

New Zealand
715/6 (dec), Williamson 200, Latham 161, Raval 132, Soumya 2/68, Miraz 2/246, Mahmuullah 1/3. 

The second Test between the two sides will begin on March 8 in Wellington.