Sports, Cricket

Tigers end gloomy day with slender lead

Published : 08 Dec 2023 09:43 PM

Bad lights brought an early end to the third day's play of the second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand, as the Tigers lead Kiwis by 30 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Wednesday.

Opener Zakir Hassan is unbeaten on 16 and MominulHaque is accompanying him at the other end, yet to get off the mark, as Bangladesh have scored 38 runs at the loss of 2 wicketsat the end of Day Three. 

Bangladesh could bat just eight overs in the last session after New Zealand got bundled out at the cusp of tea break. The hosts have already lost the wickets of opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy and skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto.

Following a delay due to rain, New Zealand resumed on 55-5 on day 3, Glenn Philips's rapid 87 off 72 helped the visitors reach, leading by eight runs.

Miraz and Taijul Islam shared six wicket's together, taking three wickets each. Nayeem Hasan and Shoriful Islam picked up a couple of wickets. 

Shoriful scalped the prized wicket of Phillips who was caught behind to wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan Sohan. The left-arm pacer earlier struck to break a 55-run stand between Phillips and Kyle Jamieson. 

Phillips and fellow overnight batsman Daryl Mitchell took an aggressive approach and were rewarded with a stand of 49 for the sixth wicket, before Bangladesh had their first success of the day.

As Mehidy took a superb catch, running to his left from mid-on and diving at full length to dismiss Mitchell for 18 off Nayeem.

The second day was washed out without a single ball being bowled due to persistent rain in the venue. 

Fifteen wickets fell in the first day with the tourists trailing by 117 after being held to 55-5 at stumps. Bangladesh opted to bat first and were all out for 172 runs in their first innings.

The hosts lead the two-match series 1-0 after a 150-run win in the opening Test in Sylhet.