Shakib Al Hasan picked 2 wickets for 54    Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan picked 2 wickets for 54 Getty Images

Despite cloudy conditions and rain around Day Four between Bangladesh and New Zealand miraculously started on time at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. New Zealand despite som resistance from Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls found themselves in trouble after Bangladesh’s star with the bat Shakib Al Hasan shone with ball. The Test headling towards a draw saw excitement after Bangladesh bowlers grabbed quick wickets to pull strings on the hosts batsmen. Going into lunch Bangladesh were still 193 runs ahead of the hosts’ who were in a hold at 402 for 6.

Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham recorded their 100 run stand in 201 deliveries. first thing in the morning, Bangladesh too wasted no time in opting for the new-ball with overcast conditions at Wellington. Nicholls played with aggression this morning to get to his third Test half-century. After poor run against Pakistan this innings will add confidence. Latham soon got his name in the records books as he surpassed John Wright s score of 138 runs as an opener at Wellington (1986/87). Nicholls reached his fifty in 116-balls.

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

Latham soon recorded a well-deserved 150 off 268 delivers. Also the stand between Nicholls and Latham is now the highest for fourth wicket against Bangladesh, beating the previous 138 between Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder (Mirpur).

Shakib Al Hasan was finally awarded the ball in the 90th over and produced instant result. Nicholls trying for the flick gave a simple catch to leg-slip for 53. Colin de Grandhomme in the middle joined Latham. De Grandhomme provided fireworks for 16-balls before he became Subashish Roy s first Test wicket. de Grandhomme looking to drive the ball out of the park gets a nick to Imrul Kayes.

Latham s resistance came to an after 329-balls after the missed a straighter one from Shakib. Trying to play across the line Latham found him in no man s land and plumb in front for a gorgeously made 177. This was Shakib s second wicket.

Going into lunch on Day Four New Zealand were 402 for 6 with BJ Watling and Mitchell Santner batting in the middle.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 595 for 8 decl. (Mominul Haque 64, Shakib Al Hasan 217, Mushfiqur Rahim 159; Neil Wagner 4 for 151 ) lead New Zealand 402 for 6 ( Kane Williamson 53, Tom Latham 177; Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 54) by 193 runs.