Shakib Al Hasan achieved his 20th Test fifty    Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan achieved his 20th Test fifty Getty Images

Day Two started on a brighter note for New Zealand as they played with much more patience as compared to Day One against Bangladesh. A sunny and clear sky welcomed both teams at Basin Reserve in Wellington in first of the two-Test series. The first session belonged to the visitors’ in totality after their batsmen in Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim accumulated hard fought runs. New Zealand’s bowling looked good in parts but were lacking the knockout punch. Shakib and Mushfiqur absorbed everything that was throw at them to put Bangladesh in a strong position heading into lunch on Day Two at 269 for 4.

Bangladesh would have wanted a better start to their day with Mominul Haque and Shakib batting overnight. Mominul eying his fifth hundred fell in the fourth over of the day. Tim Southee bowled an almost unplayable delivery to which Mominul managed a faint edge into the hands of the wicketkeeper. Mominul added 64 off 114 balls. Coming in at No.5 was skipper Mushfiqur, who is making a comeback from injury. It was interesting to see both Southee and Boult extract bounce from the pitch.

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Shakib and Mushfiqur after the fall of Mominul’s wicket kept the hosts at bay as they struggled to pick wickets. Southee along with Wagner did their all but came out second best most of the time. Bangladesh so far in his Test have been patient and sound. Wagner to his credit was able to find some movement in the air. After an extended spell Southee was rested from the attack with Colin de Grandhomme coming on to bowl.

One of the main features of the session was the Wagner versus Shakib rivalry. Wagner adopted the short-ball approach which was quite easily out played by Shakib, who kept leaving and ducking him ball-after-ball. De Grandhomme was unlucky not to pick up Mushfiqur’s wicket after an edge flew just finger tips above the slip fielder.

Wagner could have had Mushfiqur in the same over couple of times but the batsmen was too good not to get an edge. Shakib continued his march ahead and knocked off his 20th half-century with a sublime boundary in 86-balls. Mitchell Santner was finally called on to bowl in the 69th over.

Soon, Mushfiqur too recorded a personal milestone notching up his 16th Test fifty in 100 balls. The pair crossed their 100th run after facing 180 deliveries.

At the stoke of lunch Bangladesh were in control at 269 for 4 with Shakib and Mushfiqur unbeaten on 66 & 53 runs respectively.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 254 for 4 (Mominul Haque 64, Shakib Al Hasan 66* ; Tim Southee 2 for 87) vs New Zealand.