Bangladesh on follow-on at 126, NZ lead by 395 runs...

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Bangladesh on follow-on at 126, NZ lead by 395 runs

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 02:15 PM, 10 January 2022  



Despite winning the first Test against New Zealand on their home ground, Mominul Haque’s team fell follow-on in the first innings of the second match. New Zealand declared the first innings after scoring 521 runs for 6 wickets. In reply, Bangladesh were all-out for only 126 runs and fell on the follow-on. 

Bangladesh’s opening partnership was broken in the second over of the second day. Sadman was caught by Tom Latham in the second slip after falling off Trent Boult’s off stump.

It was surprising that Mohammad Naim Sheikh got a place in the squad. The left-arm opener also played Tests in the end due to Mahmudul Hasan Joy’s injury. But the beginning was very bad. He was dismissed for zero in his debut as the third opener of Bangladesh.

Like Shadman, he got out in the ball which he should avoid easily. Naim Sheikh attempted to defend Tim Southee’s extra jumping ball but pulled to the wickets. With this, the question of including Naim in the Test team was raised more.

Najmul Hossain Shanto was playing with confidence. He was handling Boult well, however, Shanto fell in a trap in the second slip of the left-arm seamer’s ball for not being able to handle the late swing properly in an excellent delivery.   

Mominul Haque wanted to open the run book by flicking the first seven ball dot balls, but he could not and Tim Southee’s ball destroyed the stamps. 

After losing four wickets for 11 runs, Liton Das and Yasir Ali took the helm of the team. These two middle-order batsmen spent the time safely before the tea break.

After losing the first four wickets in just 6.1 overs, Liton and Yasir added 18 runs in the remaining 4.5 overs of the second session. But in the last session, Liton was caught behind the second ball of Trent Boult’s over.

Liton was able to make 8 runs from 16 balls before being dismissed. Bangladesh team lost 5 wickets for only 27 runs.

However, Yasir and Sohan formed the initial resistance from there. They played well in the overs of Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Tim Southee. 

Sohan did not hesitate to play a full-length delivery outside the pool or off stamp after receiving a short-length delivery on the leg stump. Yasir also played some eye-catching shots. Due to which their 50-run partnership was completed in the 27th over of the innings.

It seemed that Sohan would pick up his second Test fifty of his career. But his innings were stopped by 41 runs when he was trapped by an LBW in Southee’s ball. Sohan took a review against the decision of LBW, however, the farewell bell rang due to the umpire’s call.

Mehdi Hasan Miraj, who batted well in the first match, could not stay for long after that. Miraj added 22 runs in 9.4 overs with Yasir Rabbi to become Boult’s 300th Test wicket. After his departure, the fear of follow-on became more pressing on Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Yasir Rabbi picked up the first fifty of his Test career. He went down to number six and completed fifty off 85 balls with seven fours. However, Taskin Ahmed, who scored two runs, made his way to the dressing room as the eighth batsman before his fifty.

After that, there was nothing left of Bangladesh’s innings. In the third ball of the 41st over, Yasir wounded his hand due to Kyle Jamieson’s bouncer. He was caught by Darrell Mitchell in another bouncer of Jamieson’s over. Yasir made 55 off 95 balls.

Trent Boult completed the rest by bowling out Bangladesh in the next over. Boult, who took 300 wickets as the fourth New Zealand bowler, picked up his 5th-wicket for the ninth time in his career by bowling out Shoriful Islam. Besides, Tim Southee took three wickets and Kyle Jamieson took two wickets.  

Earlier, New Zealand started the day with 349 runs for one wicket and declared the first innings at 521 runs for 6 wickets. The biggest contributor is Tom Latham. The left-arm opener played an excellent inning of 252 runs.

Devon Conway, who started the day with 99 runs, reached the century with the first ball of the day.

Ross Taylor, who went to the crease through the applause of the spectators and the guard of honor by the Bangladesh team, could not play a big inning even after settling down. He made 28 in the first innings of the outgoing Test. Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell return quickly.

In the second session, New Zealand added 98 runs in 16.1 overs at the ODI pace. Keeper-batsman Tom Blundell remained unbeaten on 50.