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Bangladesh’s Mominul Haque sends score soaring again

Mominul Haque, after scoring 181 in the first innings of the first Test, posted 126 not out on the fourth day of the Bangladesh v New Zealand Test.

Mominul Haque built a 157-run partnership with Tamim Iqbal on the third wicket on Thursday. AM Ahad / AP
Mominul Haque built a 157-run partnership with Tamim Iqbal on the third wicket on Thursday. AM Ahad / AP

Mominul Haque scored an unbeaten century and put on a record partnership with Tamim Iqbal as Bangladesh fought their way back into the second Test against New Zealand in Dhaka on Thursday.

The hosts reached 269 for 3 in their second innings at stumps on the fourth day, wiping out New Zealand’s first innings advantage of 155 for an overall lead of 114 runs.

Mominul led Bangladesh’s batting charge with 126 not out, making him only the second Bangladeshi to score back-to-back Test centuries after Tamim.

Mominul, who scored 181 in the first innings of the drawn first Test in Chittagong, batted solidly throughout the day on Thursday, showing no sign of nerves until he got stuck on 99 for 11 balls.

He reached his century with a half-hearted boundary over long on off Neil Wagner.

Former captain Shakib Al Hasan was accompanying Mominul with 32 not out when stumps were drawn on the penultimate day of play.

Tamim, who achieved the same feat at Lord’s and Old Trafford against England in 2010, played a patient knock of 70 off 218 balls before Ross Taylor spectacularly caught him one-handed at slip off Kane Williamson.

Mominul and Tamim added 157 runs, a record for Bangladesh for the third wicket, after Wagner struck twice in the first session to leave the home side struggling on 55 for 2.

The South African-born left-arm paceman, who claimed 5 for 64 in the first innings, had opener Anamul Haque caught by Peter Fulton at slip for 22, before adding Marshall Ayub to his tally.

Anamul’s 22, his highest score in the series, included four boundaries, while Ayub fell for just nine as Taylor took a catch at slip.

Earlier New Zealand had resumed on 419 for 8 but added just 18 for the last two wickets to be all out for 437.

Ish Sodhi was run out by Mominul for 58, before Abdur Razzak trapped Trent Boult in front to wrap up the innings seven overs into the morning session.