Trent Boult has taken 3 wickets so far    Getty Images
Trent Boult has taken 3 wickets so far Getty Images

Bangladesh have reached a total of 225 for 5 at the end of the second session of the second Test against New Zealand at Christchurch. This session belonged to the hosts pace attack in the initial stage as they took 3 quick and important wickets to put the game back in balance. Trent Boult has been the successful bowler from the New Zealand pace attack as he got rid of Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman in his back-to-back overs to pull the game back in their court. At present, Bangladesh have two debutants at the crease in the form of Nurul Hasan (31) and Nazmul Hossain Shanto (15).

Bangladesh resumed the second session at the score of 128 for 2 and had Sarkar and Shakib batting at 64 and 39. The two carried on with the scoring at the same rate as they were in the first session i.e in Flurry. But both these could add just 37 runs together as Boult got the much0needed breakthrough by dismissing Sarkar (86). It was a soft dismissal for Sarkar, as he attempted to drive but the ball came onto him a little late than his anticipation eventually mistiming it. Colin de Grandhomme took a clean catch at short cover to complete the formalities. This wicket also saw an end to a 127-run stand of 25.3 overs coming to an end.

Full Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Christchurch

Just 11 deliveries later, Boult struck once again to dismiss Sabbir Rahman (7) who had walked in just after Sarkar s dismissal. Before Bangladesh could do anything, 4 deliveries later Tim Southee dismissed Shakib (59) putting visitors in a precarious situation. But since then, both debutants Nurul and Nazmul have handled the pressure well. They have had their moments as there were 2-3 missed chances which if the New Zealand would have capitalised on, they would have ended cleaning up the Bangladeshi tail.

So far, Nurul and Nazmul have put up a 46-run stand for the 6th wicket and this partnership will hold key to how much the tourists can score in their first innings as this is the last recognised batting pair. Kane Williamson will have to rethink his strategy and come out with a fresh approach to stop these two from scoring any more runs and dominate the game as we head into the last session of the first day. The visitors on the other end would be expecting these two to score as much as they can as they is no batting left after them.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 225 for 5 (Soumya Sarkar 86, Shakib Al Hasan 59, Nurul Hasan 35*, Nazmul 15*; Trent Boult 3 for 63) vs New Zealand