x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Bangladesh’s Iqbal goes for 95 in rain-shortened first day of second Test

Bangladesh reached 228 for 5 before play was called off, as Neil Wagner led New Zealand with two for 42.

In the first Test, Tamim Iqbal went for a duck in the first innings but scored 46 in the second. AM Ahad / AP
In the first Test, Tamim Iqbal went for a duck in the first innings but scored 46 in the second. AM Ahad / AP

DHAKA, Bangladesh // Opener Tamim Iqbal scored 95 runs to help Bangladesh reach 228-5 at tea on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand on Monday. Play was called off for the day due to rain following tea.

Tamim’s 95 came off 153 balls that included 17 boundaries. Kane Williamson took a brilliant catch at the gully to deprive the left-handed opener a century. Tamim survived twice on 6 and 12 against Doug Bracewell.

Mominul Haque was dismissed on 47 off 59 hitting eight boundaries. Corey Anderson got him with a short pitch delivery, which Haque tried to cut. He and Tamim added 76 runs for the third wicket to steady the innings.

Bangladesh looked stable despite losing two wickets in the morning session, but it lost three more wickets by tea after resuming on 111-2.

New Zealand strongly returned to the match by taking Tamim and Mominul. Shakib Al Hasan was dismissed on 20, while Mushfiqur Rahim was not out on 14.

The final blow came when leg-spinner Ish Sodhi trapped Shakib lbw just before the tea break was enforced.

Neil Wagner finished with 2 for 42 and Corey Anderson took 1 for 14.

Anamul Haque (7) and Marshall Ayub (41) were dismissed in the first session.

Bangladesh decided to bat first after it won the toss at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Both teams made one change to their lineups from the drawn first Test.

For New Zealand, paceman Wagner replaced left arm spinner Bruce Martin. Bangladesh drafted in uncapped pacer Al-Amin Hossain in place of Robiul Islam for his injured knee.