Game evenly poised in the 2nd Test – Bangladesh vs. New Zealand

New Zealand 3-107 (Ross Taylor 37*, Kane Williamson 28*, Shakib Al Hasan 3-25) trails Bangladesh 282 (Tamim Iqbal 95, Mominul Haque 47, Neil Wagner 5-64, Ish Sodhi 3-59) by 175 runs.

Neil Wagner and Ish Sodhi bowled superbly for New Zealand while Shakib Al Hasan responded well with the ball for Bangladesh and put his side back in the game.

The Bengal Tigers were bowled out for 282 after 74.5 overs and the Black Caps managed 107 for the loss of three wickets in 33.3 overs when play was called off due to weather.

The second day’s play came to an end on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.

Neil Wagner - Grabbed five wickets with his excellent bowling
Neil Wagner – Grabbed five wickets with his excellent bowling

Earlier, the hosts went into bat at 5-228 in 54.4 overs whereas Mushfiqur Rahim was batting at 14 and Nasir Hosssain joined with him in the morning. They got off timidly by adding just 13 runs to the total until the end of the 65th over and Mushfiqur Rahim was gone for 246 for18 runs. The Kiwi bowlers bowled excellently while the middle and lower order batsmen kept on struggling and the entire innings of Bangladesh was squeezed for 282 in 74. 5 overs.

Neil Wagner was the star performer with five wickets, Ish Sodhi held three whereas Trent Boult and Corey Anderson shared one wicket each.

The visitors found it hard to accumulate the runs freely and lost their openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford at 32. Kane Williamson along with the experienced Ross Taylor steadied the proceedings and took the score to 76 in 23.5 overs when Williamson was retired hurt after a nasty delivery from Rubel Hossain that hit his grill. The skipper of the Black Caps walked in next and became the third victim of Shakib Al Hasan for 11. Kane Williamson rejoined with Taylor and they held their ends for 28 and 37 as the total reached 107 in 33.3 overs when the play was stopped due to rain.

New Zealand requires another 175 runs to catch up with Bangladesh who scored 282 in their first innings and the match looks wide open at the moment.


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