Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal (AFP Photo)

Tamim Iqbal was 86 not out as Bangladesh made light of the conditions and New Zealand‘s reputation to dominate the opening session of the first Test in Hamilton on Thursday.

The impressive Tamim was particularly harsh on New Zealand’s strike bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult as Bangladesh went to lunch at 122 for two.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson had no hesitation in bowling when he won the toss with a green-tinged wicket beckoning.

But despite New Zealand being newly installed as the second-ranked Test side in the world, it was the ninth-ranked Bangladesh who dictated the terms.

Tamim and Shadman Islam hammered the bowling at a pace that was notably absent when they were rolled 3-0 in the recent one-day series.

After six overs they were 33 without loss, with 26 runs taken off Southee.

Boult had none for eight after four overs but his next three cost 31 runs with Tamim cracking four boundaries off one over.

He did, however, bowl Shadman in that period for 24 to end a 57-run opening stand.

Tamim, who survived a caught and bowled chance to Colin de Grandhomme on 65, had faced 85 deliveries for his 86 and hit 15 fours.

Mominul Haque was the second wicket to fall, caught behind down the leg side off Neil Wagner for 12 before lunch.