Published:  08:47 AM, 07 December 2023

Spinners lead Bangladesh fightback against New Zealand

Spinners lead Bangladesh fightback against New Zealand
In a day fraught with drama, bad lights abruptly halted play in the Dhaka Test with over eight overs still on the horizon. Prior to the unexpected interruption, the Bangladeshi spinners cast a spell of chaos upon New Zealand, sending shockwaves through the visitors' camp as they succumbed to the loss of five wickets for a mere 55 runs. 

Aiming to amass a formidable total, Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat first in this Test, only to encounter a formidable challenge from the Kiwi spin attack.Bangladesh was eventually dismissed for 172. Despite a resilient effort from Mushfiqur Rahim and Shahadat Hossain Dipu, in only his second Test appearance, the remaining Bangladeshi batters grappled against the Kiwi spinners.

Mushfiqur emerged as the highest scorer for Bangladesh, notching 35 runs. However, his innings will be etched in memory for an unusual reason-he was declared out for obstructing the field, a first-time occurrence for a Bangladeshi batter in Tests. Following a defensive play, Mushfiqur nudged the ball away with his gloves, leading to his dismissal.

Had Mushfiqur not departed in such a fashion, Bangladesh would have found themselves in a more advantageous position after the first innings. When Bangladesh took to the bowling crease, they found ample reasons to celebrate, claiming five wickets in a mere 12.4 overs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz impressed with a three-wicket haul, including two in a single over, while Taijul Islam secured two dismissals.

e first casualty was Davon Conway, falling victim to a delivery that showed minimal signs of turning. Attempting to dispatch the ball, it crashed into his stumps. Tom Latham, on the other hand, succumbed to the prowess of Taijul, the standout bowler for Bangladesh in this series. With Tom's dismissal, Taijul's Test wicket tally reached an impressive 150.

Shahadat showcased the most spectacular catch of the match when an extra bounce did the trick for Mehidy. Despite Kane Williamson's efforts to keep the ball down, Shahadat was poised and secured a catch destined for the highlight reel.

As the dust settled on day one of the Dhaka Test, New Zealand found themselves reeling at five for 55. Bangladesh, having triumphed in the first Test, entered this match with the ambition of sealing

the series. After a compelling first day, they seem to have firmly grasped the steering wheel towards that coveted goal.

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