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Bangladesh 119-2 as rain forces players off Basin Reserve in first test against Black Caps

Sun Online Desk     12th January, 2017 08:55:48 printer

Bangladesh 119-2 as rain forces players off Basin Reserve in first test against Black Caps

The wind howled, the rain swept in and New Zealand's bowlers struggled more than Bangladesh's batsmen on day one of the first cricket test in Wellington.

 

After New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss on a Basin Reserve pitch he described as soft and likely to assist seam movement, the tourists had the upper hand when rain intervened a second time at 2.40pm. With just 29 overs possible, the tourists were 119-2 and deservedly happy with their work.

 

Opener Tamim Iqbal rode his luck in a rapid 56 off 50 balls before Trent Boult trapped him lbw.

 

Rain has cut short the opening session of the first Test with Bangladesh scoring breezily in the Wellington wind to be 1-39 a green Basin Reserve pitch.

 

An early lunch was called on Thursday with the covers on the pitch after 11.3 overs.

 

In the first Test of the two-match series, New Zealand won the toss and put the tourists in to bat on what was expected to be a seaming green top, but there was no early evidence of it.

 

Mominul Haque and Mahhudullah are on the crease with 48 and 13 respectively.

 

Imrul Kayes falls in the early morning, in the fourth over, hooking a short ball from Tim Southee and picking out Boult at deep square leg.

 

The weather may play a major role in the opening day, with forecasted gale winds, gusting up to 120km/h.

 

Bangladesh have never beaten New Zealand in a Test and are coming off six losses in the Twenty20 and one-day internationals against the Kiwis.

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