Persistent rain forced early curtains to the 1st day’s play of the 2nd test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand. But Bangladesh would see it as a blessing in disguise as it stopped a batting collapse from going further. Opener Tamim Iqbal fell five runs short of his century hampering the home side’s plans of putting up a large first innings score.
The New Zealand bowlers were lucky on three out of the five wickets to fall, but the four string pace attack worked hard to keep the batsman in bounds. Neil Wagner, drafted in to replace Bruce Martin, took 2 wickets. Doug Bracewell’s ten expensive overs didn’t hurt them too much. Though Bracewell was the most unfortunate, as Tamim was dropped twice – on 5 and 10 of his bowling. With this good fortune, Tamim led the way after Bangladesh had opted to bat first after winning the toss in the morning. He produced some classy strokes, collecting 17 fours in his 153-ball innings. He was specially explicit with his drives and his deft touches through the leg side and his taps through third man were also equally impressive. Five runs short of his century,Tamim was caught by Williamson who leapt sharply to his right to catch a ball that was intended to go between the wicketkeeper and gully. Shakib Al Hasan followed Tamim back into the pavilion in the over leading into the tea interval. However, rain arrived five minutes into tea and stumps were called from the umpire’s room after the downpour grew heavier in the next hour. The outfield was very wet, an unusual occurrence at Shere Bangla National Stadium, which boasts of the best drainage facilities in the country. The weather is expected to remain cloudy, with more rain forecasted for the remaining four days of the match.
The second wicket partnership between Tamim and Marshall Ayub was the high point of the day’s batting. Marshall dominated the 67-run stand, striking six fours, and his drives through the off side caught the audience’s eye yet again. But similar to both innings of the Chittagong Test, Marshall fell just when he looked set for a maiden Test fifty. Mominul Haque was the third wicket that was gifted to the oppositon. The ball was so wide that it was almost impossible that he could edge it. Before the uncharacteristic dismissal, he had made 47 off 59 balls with eight fours.
New Zealand would look to ensure this shift in momentum continues and would hope to finish things off soon as with rain predicted over the next 4 days,it would be a miracle which could save this match from going towards a draw, but with more rain looming, play on the second day looks doubtful.