<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Mahmudullah">Mahmudullah</a> has rued <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Bangladesh">Bangladesh</a> s batting failure in the first innings following his team s loss by an innings and 52 runs in the first Test against <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/New-Zealand">New Zealand</a> in Hamilton. While Bangladesh put up a strong fight in the second innings, posting 429 runs on the board with centuries to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Soumya-Sarkar">Soumya Sarkar</a> and the skipper himself, they never recovered from being bowled out for 234 runs as New Zealand raced ahead with a 481-run first-innings lead. (<strong>READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/new-zealand-vs-bangladesh-1st-test-mahmudullah-soumya-sarkar-fighting-tons-in-vain-as-trent-boult-swings-new-zealand-to-thumping-win-810123">Boult swings New Zealand to innings win over Bangladesh</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"You have to play tough cricket in Tests," Mahmudullah said. "There will be good spells from both ends, so one has to understand these things. I think we took the easier options in the first innings and got out. I did it. [Mohammad] Mithun did it. Some other batsmen also got out in the same fashion. I wanted to work harder in the second innings, even if I got hit on the body, I want to give myself a chance. (<strong>READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/bangladesh-in-new-zealand-2019-200957/live-scores/new-zealand-vs-bangladesh-live-cricket-score-1st-test-match-187368-summary.html">1st Test, Scorecard</a></strong>) <p></p> <p></p>"I got out trying to pull the ball casually in the first innings. I thought that if I take a bit of time (the second time), they may get tired and then I take my chances. I tried to be patient when they were mixing the bouncers with yorkers last evening." <p></p> <p></p>Bangladesh were also not helped by the fact that New Zealand posted their highest-ever Test total, with skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Kane-Williamson">Kane Williamson</a> scoring a double hundred, and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/jeet-raval">Jeet Raval</a> and <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/tom-latham">Tom Latham</a> peeling off centuries of their own. Despite his bowlers giving their best, Mahmudullah admitted that their opponents were always a stead ahead. <p></p> <p></p>"The bowlers tried hard. They tried bowling bouncers and also fuller lengths to swing the ball. They were positive and aggressive, which I wanted as a captain," Mahmudullah said. <p></p>"If they show the same attitude and bowl more consistently in Wellington, they are likely to get better results. But I think New Zealand batted really well. Kane Williamson, [Jeet] Raval and [Tom] Latham played really well." <p></p> <p></p>Mahmudullah and Sarkar weren t the only batsmen to give New Zealand a fight. <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Tamim-Iqbal">Tamim Iqbal</a> provided a string start putting on 88 runs with opening partner Shadman Islam. Tamim struck 12 boundaries and a six scoring 74 off just 86 balls and was particularly positive against the bouncers directed at him by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/neil-wagner">Neil Wagner</a>. <p></p> <p></p>"When [Neil] Wagner was bowling bouncers at Tamim from around the wicket, he survived that period. I liked that from him, because he is our best player of pull and hook shots. It is something that I myself and others should also follow," Mahmudullah said. <p></p> <p></p>"Wagner kept on trying to bowl bouncers from a back of a length. [Tim] Southee and [Trent] Boult were trying to swing the new ball. I think it is their primary method, which I hope our batsmen have understood and keep in mind for the second Test."