Shakib, Mushfiqur put Bangladesh on driver’s seat

Bangladesh are in driver’s seat after the end of second day of the first Test at Basin Reserve in Wellington after skipper Mushfiqur Rahim’s 150 and Shakib Al Hasan’s double ton.

Bangladesh have posted a huge total in front of New Zealand in their first innings of the first Test. Losing Mominul Haque early, Shakib and captain Mushfiqur took the control of the game. They scored fifties within first session.

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Bangladesh lost no wickets in the afternoon session. By the time, Shakib and Mushfiqur hit their fourth Test tons. Shakib joined the 3000-club as third Bangladeshi cricketer in Tests. He also joined elite list of 3000+ runs and 150+ wickets in this format.

Shakib was moving itching towards the double hundred. He was dropped twice in the last session, one by keeper BJ Watling and another by Ross Taylor at point. He took his chances and became the third Bangladeshi to score a double century in Tests.

Mushfiqur could not make his knock much bigger after crossing 150-mark. Bangladesh captain made 159 off 260 balls with 23 fours and a six. He and Shakib put on 359 for the fifth wicket which is a record partnership for Bangladesh in Tests. Overall, this is the fourth highest partnership for the fifth wicket.

Surpassing Tamim Iqbal’s record of 206, Shakib’s brilliant innings ended at 217 from 276 deliveries hitting 31 boundaries.

Mehedi Hasan Miraz fell to Neil Wagner for a duck on the last ball of the day. Bangladesh ended day two at 542 for 7 in 136 overs. Undoubtedly, it was Bangladesh’s day as they put 388 runs in the day. Sabbir Rahman is at the crease for ten runs.

Brief score:

Bangladesh 542/7 in 136 overs (Shakib 217, Mushfiqur 159; Wagner 3/124, Boult 2/12)

Stumps – Day 2

-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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