Mominul Haque remained unbeaten on 64* on Day One    Getty Images
Mominul Haque remained unbeaten on 64* on Day One Getty Images

After a lengthy rain delay, the final session of the first Test of the two-match series went underway as New Zealand took on Bangladesh at Basin Reserve in Wellington. New Zealand in totality had an off day in the field with Tim Southee and Trent Boult having a poor outing. As far as Bangladesh are concerned, it was the blade of Mominul Haque that roared high and mighty. As seen all through the day the weather conditions dictated terms, bad light stopped play in the 40th over. With no further improvement seen the conditions umpires decided to call-off Day One with Bangladesh handsomely placed on 154 for 3.

New Zealand opted for Colin de Grandhomme in place of Boult and Southee as wicket taking option that did not bear good results for the side. De Grandhomme was either too wide or short for Bangladeshi batsman to cut and defend. Mominul knocked over his eleventh half-century in 79 balls with the help of 9 fours and a six. On the other end, Mahmudullah was getting into his groove hitting boundaries once very over. Kane Williamson s distrust in Southee and Boult was quite evident.

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Short of ideas, Wagner and Williamson opted for the short pitch bowling approach and dished out a stern test for the Bangladeshi batsmen.

Both Mahmudullah and Mominul played the short stuff with ease by either ducking or fending it off the body. Both players did try the hook and pull but there were no mishits. However, Mahmudullah ran out of patience soon as he gave a tough catch behind the wicket. Neil Wagner bowled a wider delivery to which Mahmudullah obliged and flashed had at it for a diving BJ Watling to catch the ball for 26.

The pair added 85 runs for the third wicket. Bangladesh s most loved all-around Shakib Al Hasan came out in the middle to join Mominul. With rain and clouds playing hide and seek, the umpires decided to take lights which meant play was stopped at 154 for 3 after just 40.2 overs, and play being abandoned on Day One.

At the time Shakib was unbeaten on 5 while Mominul was batting steadily on 64.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 154 for 3 (Tamim Iqbal 56, Mominul Haque 64* ; Neil Wagner 1 for 25) vs New Zealand.