Batsman hits 181 to take Bangladesh to 380 for 7 on third day, trailing New Zealand by 89 runs
Mominul Haque’s maiden Test century helped Bangladesh post a strong response to New Zealand’s first-innings total of 469 on day three of the first Test in Chittagong on Friday (October 11). Bangladesh ended the day on 380 for 7, trailing New Zealand by 89 runs, after Haque had hit 181.
Resuming on 103 for 2, Haque and Marshall Ayub, the debutant, extended their association in a stand that had rescued Bangladesh after a disastrous start. The duo had come together at 8 for 2 on Thursday, and their stand was only broken when Ayub was caught behind off Corey Anderson, a fellow debutant, for 25, having put on 126 runs for the third wicket.
Ayub was gritty in defence and sealed up one end, while Haque, launched a spectacular counter-attack to keep New Zealand at bay. He completed his century early in the day, off just 98 balls, with a rasping drive for four off Trent Boult.
Shakib Al Hasan, who walked in at No.4, held his own and allowed Haque to attack freely. The two had put on 46 when Shakib holed out off Kane Williamson after scoring 19, although he did aggregate 2000 Test runs in the process.
Despite Shakib’s loss, Bangladesh was relentless. Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain, walked in to partner Haque, and the two put on 121 for the fifth wicket. The stand helped Bangladesh go past 300, and both men dealt comfortably with the New Zealand bowlers.
Rahim completed his half-century in the first over after tea, but New Zealand soon had something to cheer about when it had both set batsmen dismissed in successive overs.
Haque was trapped in front by Anderson when he missed an attempted flick, and he walked back after scoring a 274-ball innings that included 27 fours. In the next over, Rahim (67) holed out off Doug Bracewell, and Bangladesh was six down for 301.
New Zealand might have entertained hopes of wrapping up the innings quickly, but they were thwarted by Nasir Hossain and Sohag Gazi, who put on 70 for the seventh wicket. The stand was broken after Nasir Hossain fell to Ish Sodhi late in the day, having scored a quick 46 off 65 balls.
But with Gazi still batting on a 61-ball 28, Bangladesh will be hopeful of reducing New Zealand’s lead further, and possibly even entertaining thoughts of grabbing a first-innings lead.