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Tigers collapse in first innings

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 11 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tigers collapse in first innings
Bangladesh batsman Yasir Ali (centre) walks from the field after being dismissed on day two of the second cricket test match against New Zealand in Christchurch on Monday. –AFP PHOTO

Bangladesh batters demonstrated a disappointing batting effort on the second day of the second Test as they were bowled out for only 126 runs in their first innings at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday.

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult ripped through the Bangladesh batting line-up as he finished with 5-43 and while Tim Southee (3-28) and Kyle Jamieson (2-32) shared the remaining five wickets between them to bowl Bangladesh all out in 41.2 overs.

The hosts earlier rode on skipper Tom Latham’s 252 and Devon Conway’s 109 to declare their first innings on 521-6 after resuming an overnight score of 349-1.

New Zealand, which obtained a massive 395-run lead over the visitors, are expected to take a call whether they will impose follow-on on Bangladesh or bat in their second innings before the start of the third day’s play today.

Bangladesh made a terrible start in the start of their innings as they were reduced to 27-5 after Boult and Southee claimed three and two wickets respectively.

Opener Shadman Islam was the first man to be dismissed by Boult on seven before Southee handed Mohammad Naim a five-ball duck in his debut Test innings.

Najmul Hossain Shanto (four) followed the openers soon as he was caught behind off Boult while Mominul Haque (0) and Liton Das (eight) lost their wickets in quick succession to leave Bangladesh tottering in their innings.

Yasir Ali and Nurul Hasan then put up a 60-run stand for the sixth wicket to take Bangladesh close to the 100-run mark before the latter was trapped in front by Southee after making 41 runs.

Yasir (55) completed his maiden Test fifty but he couldn’t last long at the crease as the wickets continuously fell from the other hand and Bangladesh were bowled out for their joint third lowest Test total against New Zealand.

Boult also became the fourth New Zealander to take 300 Test wickets when he bowled Mehidy Hasan for five to join Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Southee.

“The wicket obviously offers a bit of bounce with grass on it. I thought the way the boys started, to get a couple of wickets early, not really letting up on the pressure, I suppose we did what we spoke about. It is simply to get them playing on the front foot, and bowl for each other at each end. Only half the job done but it was a satisfying afternoon,” Boult said after the end of the second day’s play.

“To join the names like Daniel (Vettori) and Sir Richard (Hadlee) is also very special. Winning the Test match and getting back in the series will be special as well. It is definitely the focus at the moment,” he added.

Earlier in the day, Conway, who resumed the day on 99, brought up his hundred with a four off the first ball but was run out soon after with the score of 363 to end a 215-run second-wicket partnership with Latham.

New Zealand’s elder statesman Ross Taylor, playing his 112th and final Test, received a guard of honour on his way to the middle from the Bangladesh players and was quickly into his trademark strokes, with boundaries from a cover drive and a cut.

However, he was caught by Shoriful Islam at square-leg off Ebadot Hossain on 28 while Henry Nicholls (0) and Daryl Mitchell (three) followed soon after that saw New Zealand getting reduced to 423-5.

Latham then put up a 76-run stand with Tom Blundell (unbeaten 57 off 60 balls) to take the hosts close to the 500-run mark before his flamboyant innings off 373 balls including 34 fours and two sixes came to an end by Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque.

When New Zealand declared, pace bowlers Boult and Southee then showed how to move the ball on a verdant surface as they tore apart the Bangladesh line-up.