In a match dominated by spinners, New Zealand faced a daunting task on the deteriorating pitch. Despite Daryl Mitchell‘s resistance, batting on 44 when play was halted due to bad light, New Zealand’s top order collapse has left them on the verge of defeat in the first match of the two-Test series.
Left-arm spinner Taijul Islam played a crucial role, claiming figures of 4-40, ensuring Bangladesh didn’t feel the absence of regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan, who, along with several other key players, is sidelined due to injury.
Earlier in the day, Bangladesh, resuming at 212-3, was eventually bowled out for 338 in the second session.
Mushfiqur Rahim (67) completed his fifty, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz made an unbeaten 50 to stretch Bangladesh’s lead.
For New Zealand, Ajaj Patel claimed four wickets though he went above four runs per over.
New Zealand were rattled early in their second innings with Shoriful Islam, the lone seamer in Bangladesh’s spin-heavy attack, dismissing Tom Latham in the first over before the spinners took over.
Taijul struck a body blow when he trapped Kane Williamson lbw for 11 to put Bangladesh in the box seat.
Williamson offered a forward defensive shot but was beaten by the ball which rapped him low on his front pad.
Williamson opted to review the decision that had gone against him but could not get it reversed.
New Zealand slumped to 60-5 after Taijul dismissed Devon Conway and Tom Blundell in quick successions but Mitchell’s obduracy stretched the game to its final day on Saturday.
(With Reuters Inputs)