Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 359 runs partnership on Day Two    Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim added 359 runs partnership on Day Two Getty Images

New Zealand must have had their tails up when Tim Southee had Mominul Haque caught-behind early on Day Two of the first Test at Basin Reserve, Wellington. But Bangladesh, buoyed by a massive partnership between Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, added a humongous 359 the highest partnership for any wicket for Bangladesh. The stand ended when Mushfiqur played a lazy stroke off Trent Boult, edging it to BJ Watling, for 159 though not after Shakib had reached his maiden double-hundred. Soon afterwards, Shakib pushed Boult to mid-off to take a single that took him to 207 now the highest individual Test score for Bangladesh. Shakib eventually chopped one on to the stumps off Neil Wagner, for 217.

The Bangladesh batsmen broke plenty of records en route 542 for 7, their fourth-highest score till date in Test cricket and their highest outside the subcontinent. Let us have a look at the numerous records that tumbled over the day:

Both Shakib and Mushfiqur have 4 Test hundreds each. They have joined Mominul as the joint third on the all-time list of Bangladeshis. The only men ahead of them are Tamim (8) and Ashraful (6).

Shakib also became the third Bangladeshi to go past the 3,000-run mark in Test cricket, after Tamim (3,405) and Habibul Bashar (3,026). Shakib is currently on 3,146 Test runs, which means he has gone past Bashar, and is currently second on the all-time list.

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As mentioned above, Shakib now has the highest score for Bangladesh. Mushfiqur s innings, meanwhile, is the sixth-highest for them.

150s in Tests for Bangladesh
R Player Against Venue Season
217 Shakib Al Hasan New Zealand Wellington 2016-17
206 Tamim Iqbal Pakistan Khulna 2015
200 Mushfiqur Rahim Sri Lanka Galle 2012-13
190 Mohammad Ashraful Sri Lanka Galle 2012-13
181 Mominul Haque New Zealand Chittagong 2013-14
159 Mushfiqur Rahim New Zealand Wellington 2016-17
158* Mohammad Ashraful India Chittagong 2004-05
151 Tamim Iqbal India Mirpur 2009-10
150 Imrul Kayes Pakistan Khulna 2015


1. Mushfiqur (200) and Mohammad Ashraful (190) had both scored their hundreds in the same innings just like Shakib and Mushfiqur today. The same holds for Tamim (206) and Imrul Kayes (150).

2. The previous highest score for a Bangladesh batsman outside the subcontinent was 128 by Tamim, against West Indies at Kingstown in 2009.

3. The previous highest score for a Bangladesh batsman in New Zealand was 115 by Mahmudullah, at Hamilton in 2009-10.

The partnership between Shakib and Mushfiqur, as mentioned above, was the highest for any wicket for Bangladesh.

200-run partnerships in Tests for Bangladesh
R Wicket Players Against Venue Season
359 5th Shakib Al Hasan Mushfiqur Rahim New Zealand Wellington 2016-17
312 1st Tamim Iqbal Imrul Kayes Pakistan Khulna 2015
267 5th Mohammad Ashraful Mushfiqur Rahim Sri Lanka Galle 2012-13
232 2nd Imrul Kayes Shamsur Rahman Sri Lanka Chittagong 2013-14
224 1st Tamim Iqbal Imrul Kayes Zimbabwe Chittagong 2014-15
200 2nd Tamim Iqbal Junaid Siddique India Mirpur 2009-10

Shakib and Mushfiqur have now added 2,017 runs between them from 46 stands. They became only the second Bangladeshi pair to go past the 2,000-mark, after Tamim and Kayes.

Bangladesh batting pairs with more than 1,000 Test runs
R I NO Ave Players 100s
2,229 48 1 47.43 Tamim Iqbal Imrul Kayes 4
2,017 46 43.85 Shakib Al Hasan Mushfiqur Rahim 3
1,321 32 41.28 Javed Omar Habibul Bashar 5
1,008 27 37.33 Tamim Iqbal Junaid Siddique 3

Shakib and Mushfiqur have also put on the fourth-highest fifth-wicket partnership in the history of Test cricket.

350-run 5th-wicket partnerships in Test cricket
R Players Team Against Venue Season
405 Sid Barnes Don Bradman Australia England Sydney 1946-47
385 Greg Blewett Steve Waugh Australia South Africa Johannesburg 1996-97
376 VVS Laxman Rahul Dravid India Australia Kolkata 2000-01
359 Shakib Al Hasan Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh New Zealand Wellington 2016-17

Having started Day Two on 5, Shakib scored 217. This meant he scored 212 in a single day s cricket. This is the third-highest score by any touring batsman on New Zealand soil in a single day. The first two spots belong to Wally Hammond.

Overseas batsmen scoring 200 runs in a day in New Zealand
R Player Team Venue Season
295 Wally Hammond England Auckland 1932-33
223 Wally Hammond England Christchurch 1932-33
212 Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Wellington 2016-17
203 Aravinda de Silva Sri Lanka Wellington 1990-91
200 Graham Thorpe England Christchurch 2001-02

Shakib scored his double-hundred in 253 balls, the fastest for a Bangladeshi. In fact, he got his 217 runs from mere 276 balls, at a strike rate of 78.6. Only Nathan Astle (222 runs at 132.1) and Graham Thorpe (200* at 86.9) both in the same Test, at Christchurch in 2001-02 had scored more than 200 on New Zealand soil at a faster pace.

This was also the second time in Test cricket that three bowlers (Boult 31-4-121-2, Southee 31-5-144-2, and Wagner 36-6-124-3) conceded over a hundred runs in the same innings against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka, at Galle in 2012-13, were the only other side to have achieved this. In that case the bowlers were Shaminda Eranga (34-4-122-2), Rangana Herath (62-11-161-2), and Ajantha Mendis (36-3-152-2).