On the very first day, the Test match has progressed rapidly, with a total of 15 wickets falling. Bangladesh was dismissed for 172 earlier in the day, and the Blackcaps, in response, have already lost five wickets.
The turning point came when Mushfiqur Rahim was given out for obstructing the field, causing a collapse from which the hosts couldn’t recover.
The New Zealand spinners, making the conditions challenging for the Bangladesh batters, led to a consistent loss of wickets. Mehidy Hasan Miraz and Taijul pleased the home fans by quickly taking five wickets in return.
No batsman appeared at ease in these challenging conditions. Due to bad light, stumps were called early today, prompting an early start tomorrow. However, the Day 2 forecast is not favourable, with some rain expected.
The home team is eager to capitalise on the opportunity to dismiss the Kiwi lower order early on Day 2.
Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
Bangladesh’s batsmen struggled to find their rhythm on the turning track. The openers and skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto fell early, losing four wickets in the initial session.
The partnership between Mushfiqur Rahim and Shahadat Hossain, however, provided stability, contributing to a score of more than 50 runs until lunch.
Unfortunately, Rahim’s loss of concentration in the second session triggered a collapse, leading to their total dismissal for 172 runs. Anticipating favorable conditions for their spinners, Bangladesh saw Taijul Islam make an impact in the last session by dismissing Devon Conway.
Mehidy Hasan then took charge, securing three quick wickets, including that of Kane Williamson, with credit to Shahadat Hossain for an exceptional catch at short. Taijul concluded with two wickets.