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  • 10:53 AM IST

    STUMPS: New Zealand were led by Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson who showed belligerence against an inexperienced bowling unit of Bangladesh. Latham anchored the host’s innings through the day to tilt the match in balance. Bangladesh heading into Day Four were still 303 runs ahead of New Zealand who were 292 for 3 at stumps.

  • 10:28 AM IST

    Both Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls are playing for lights if nothing else. Bangladesh have opted to bring on Subashis Roy from one end with umpires giving a go ahead. Mehedi Hasan has just not been able to get the drift thanks to a reverse breeze blowing.

  • 10:07 AM IST

  • 10:03 AM IST

    Mehedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan have been able to curb the scoring rate. Latham and Nicholls have one eye set on the clouds with rain in the air. Bangladesh will be more than happy to take light/have rain stop play with the form New Zealand batsmen have been in.

  • 9:47 AM IST

  • 9:47 AM IST

    Tom Latham has anchored this New Zealand innings after Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor departed. After early nervousness Latham showed more control in his innings to get to his sixth Test ton.

  • 9:36 AM IST

    New Zealand 247/3, Nicholls 21*, Latham 91*: Decision Review System (DRS) was used for the first time in the day after Nicholls got hit on the pads. Replays suggested that the ball struck him outside the line of the stumps much to the upsetting of Bangladesh players. Latham has also moved into the 90’s.

  • 9:19 AM IST

    Henry Nicholls has used his reach to good use against Mehedi Hasan. Taskin was unlucky not get the wicket of Nicholls, who top edged a hook short which fell just inches away from Shakib Al Hasan. Tom Latham in the meanwhile is nearing his sixth Test ton.

  • 8:55 AM IST

    OUT! Ross Taylor goes for 40. Trying to push the ball onto the leg side, Taylor pulls the ball straight into the hands of Mahmudullah at square leg. Kamrul much like his first wicket gets a wicket on his first ball again. Henry Nicholls is out in the middle.

  • 8:51 AM IST

  • 8:38 AM IST

    New Zealand 191/2 , Ross Taylor 37*, Tom Latham 69* : Back on for the final session of the day. Taylor will be the key for New Zealand as he can in no time get them nearer to Bangladesh’s total. Bangladesh on the other hand, will want to knock over Latham and Taylor early into the post-tea session. Mushfiqur Rahim still remains of the field.

  • 8:26 AM IST

  • 8:14 AM IST

    TEA: Good session for New Zealand. Runs have come at a quicker pace for the hosts even after suffering the loss of Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor with his new pair of eyes has done wonders so far striking the ball with brute force. Bangladesh going into tea will be a bit disappointed.

  • 8:03 AM IST

    New Zealand 180/2 , Ross Taylor30*, Tom Latham 65* : Back from an eye operation Ross Taylor came out in the middle at No.4. Taylor hardly showed any signs of discomfort during his stay whipping and driving bowlers for attractive looking boundaries. Taylor took charge on to Taskin and Kamrul proving that the new pair of eyes has done him a world of good.

  • 7:47 AM IST

  • 7:31 AM IST

    New Zealand131/2 , Ross Taylor 0*, Tom Latham 51* : OUT! Taskin Ahmed gets his first Test wicket. Kane Williamson went for the poke and gave a simple catch to stand-in keeper Imrul Kayes. Williamson achieved his 25th Test fifty in 55 balls. Ross Taylor is out in the middle with tom Latham.

  • 7:26 AM IST

    This has been an unrealistic fifty for Latham not the most flucid. Latham got to his fifty in 108 balls that included 7 fours’. Few nudges and flicks behind the wicket. 12th Test half-century for the young-lad.

  • 7:04 AM IST

  • 6:53 AM IST

  • 6:51 AM IST

    Meanwhile, James Neesham at his brutal best 😛

  • 6:50 AM IST

    Williamson has moved on the front and back foot with absolute ease. Tom Latham, on the other end, has dropped his anchor and kept on leaving anything that goes away from him. Latham was lucky to survive after a few inside edge missed stumps and went for a few boundaries.

  • 6:29 AM IST

  • 6:13 AM IST

    Players are out in the middle to start the post-lunch session. Onus will be upon Kane Williamson and Tom Latham to edge New Zealand past the follow-on score firstly. Bangladesh on the other hand will want to pick up quick wickets and put the hosts into a tumble.

  • 5:38 AM IST

    LUNCH: New Zealand openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham had a shaky start to their innings but soon found their mojo. It was Kamrul Rabbi who struck just before the stoke of lunch getting Raval for 27. New Zealand going into lunch trailed Bangladesh by 540 runs at 55 for 1.

  • 5:26 AM IST

  • 5:11 AM IST

    This has been a cautious start for New Zealand. They could very well have been 1 or 2 down if not spilled catches and lucky chances. Jeet Raval in particular from a sketchy start now looks more settled in the middle. The pair has also added fifty runs in 13 overs.

  • 5:01 AM IST

  • 4:50 AM IST

    FACT: This is first time ever a team has opened bowling in the first innings of a Test with a genuine spinner in New Zealand

  • 4:35 AM IST

  • 4:25 AM IST

    New Zealand 0/0 , Jeet Raval 0*, Tom Latham 0* : Jeet Raval playing only his 3rd Test is out in the middle along side Tom Latham. Mehedi Hasan bowled a near perfect over first-up. Mushfiqur Rahim is currently sitting out as he is suffering a few niggles with thumb and finger injury.


Hello, good morning and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates of the third day’s play in the opening Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh. This is Vishal Mehra, and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and update of the play on Day Three. The opening Test of this two-match series is being played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. It has been Bangladesh all the way so far in this Test, who will be resuming their first innings at a mammoth total of 547 for 7, looking to add a few more to their total and try and make New Zealand bat twice.

New Zealand were expected to continue with their domination over Bangladesh in the ongoing Test, especially after comprehensive victories in the ODI and T20I series. In the limited-overs leg of Bangladesh’s tour of New Zealand 2017, the hosts had emerged victorious by margins of 3-0 in both series. Everyone expected that the Test series will be a one-way affair as well. However, Bangladesh had other plans. They came out with a purpose, went after the bowling hard, and produced a memorable batting performance over the last two days to serve a more-than-gentle warning to New Zealand.

Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 1st Test Wellington

Not surprisingly, Bangladesh have found their heroes in Shakib Al Hasan and captain Mushfiqur Rahim. The two men have etched their names in the history books following their stunning performances against New Zealand. Shakib scored 217, the highest individual total by any Bangladeshi in Test cricket, while Mushfiqur got 159 to strengthen his team’s position in the contest.

Shakib and Mushfiqur added 359 runs for the fifth wicket, now the fourth-highest fifth-wicket partnership in the history of Test cricket. Their partnership is now the highest by any Bangladeshi pair for any wicket. Shakib also completed his 3,000 runs in Test cricket, and went past Habibul Bashar. Of his countrymen, only Tamim Iqbal has more runs.

Shakib batted aggressively. His 217 came off a mere 276 balls. He hit a total of 31 boundaries in the process. On the other hand, Mushfiqur faced 260 balls, struck 23 boundaries and a six to score 159.

At stumps on the second day, Bangladesh had the contest in their firm grip. Another 50-odd runs will take them closer to the 600-run mark — a total that would be more than enough to exert pressure on the New Zealand batsmen.