Sports, Cricket

Day two called off due to rain

Bangladesh-New Zealand second Test

Published : 07 Dec 2023 09:46 PM

Random rain washed out the play of second day of the ongoing second Test between the hosts Bangladesh and New Zealand after an exciting Day 1, that saw 15 wickets fall on Wednesday. 

Continuous overnight drizzling turned into a bit heavy since the early morning and continued to afternoon of Thursday and that was enough to force the match officials to call off the entire second day’s play. The rain continued to throughout the day.

All the match officials and ground staffs expected for the sunlight to resume the second day game. The umpires inspected the conditions a few times at 1.00 pm and waited until 2 p.m. before deciding play would not be possible at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur.  

In the exhilarating first day Bangladesh were in charge against New Zealand, despite being bundled out for a paltry 172 runs after electing to bat first but the hosts just stunned the visitors with claiming five wickets for only 55 runs to snatched control of the contest on Wednesday.  

The Kiwis, now are trailing by 117 runs when if the weather would permit they will resume their first innings today with Daryl Mitchell (12) and Glenn Phillips (five) will have a massive task of rebuilding their innings.          

Might be it would be an uphill task for the New Zealand batters against sharp spin attacks on a turning track when the hosts’ spinners captured all five wickets on second day. The Black Caps’ frontline batters looked all at sea against Bangladesh spin attacks were too good to face off, as hosts teams also experienced when New Zealand’s spinners took eight wickets out of 10. 

Earlier, on the first day’s game, Bangladesh’s batters were struggling much from the beginning of their innings, as they saw a huge setback losing set batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, the most reliable batter of the team impulsively handled the ball and was dismissed for obstructing-the-field.

But the Bangladesh’s bowlers turned the game in their way with a strong comeback and took charge of the game after 15 wickets tumbled on a frenzied opening day of the contest with the hosts lost all their 10 and the visitors five wickets on Wednesday.

New Zealand, who were expected to appear to dominate over the hosts after bundling out Bangladesh for 172, had to struggle much with a top-order collapse of their own when bad light stopped play with only 79 overs bowled in the day. 

However, the tempo of the first day’s game at which the Test move forward, there is still a plenty of time for a result when three days more left to play, second innings of both sides after completing the New Zealand’s second innings.