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Taijul shines as Tigers end Day 2 strongly

Published : 29 Nov 2023 11:50 PM | Updated : 30 Nov 2023 04:01 PM

Bangladesh’s spinner Taijul Islam’s four-for restricted New Zealand to 266/8 on Day 2 of the first Test match at the Sylhet International Stadium on Wednesday. The Kiwis now trail by 44 runs after Tigers were dismissed for 310 in their first innings at the start of the day’s play. 

Left-arm spinner Taijul took the prized wicket of centurion Kane Willaimson who scored 104 off 205 balls and got rid of IshSodhi in the last session of the day as Bangladesh finished the day on a high. 

The New Zealand skipper scored 104 runs off 205 deliveries -- his innings featuring two dropped-chances -- as New Zealand ate away at the Bangladesh total. 

Kyle Jamieson (7) and Tim Southee (1) will start the third day's play on Thursday. 

Taijul was the most successful of the Bangladesh bowlers with four wickets for 89 runs. The three other bowlers and part-timer MominulHaque got a wicket each.

New Zealand's innings has also followed a similar pattern to Bangladesh. One standout batter and a lot of others getting starts without going big. Batting looked pretty difficult though as the spinners found a lot of help on the second day. 

Taijul and company got the ball to turn sharply on numerous occasions and beat the bat plenty of times as well. A little more luck and better catching would've given Bangladesh a significant lead already. 

But as it stands, thanks to a sublime ton from Kane Williamson, the match is now nicely balanced. Williamson had his share of luck and made the most of it, stamping his class on a difficult pitch to bring up his 29th Test ton. However, he was later dismissed by Taijul with the second new ball. 

Bangladesh failed to add any run to their overnight total as they were all out for 310. Shoriful Islam was the last wicket to go as he was trapped lbw on the very first delivery of the morning session bowled by Kiwi bowler Tim Southee.

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