Spinners clean up lower order as New Zealand fold for 328

Spinners clean up lower order as New Zealand fold for 328


New Zealand added only 70 for the loss of five wickets in the morning session

Lunch Bangladesh 5 for 0 (Joy 3*, Shadman 1*) trail New Zealand 328 (Conway 122, Nicholls 75, Shoriful 3-69, Mehidy 3-86) by 323 runs

The second morning in Mount Maunganaui belonged to Bangladesh after they bowled out New Zealand for 328, their lowest total against these visitors at home. Bangladesh took 5 for 70 in the first session, before their openers Shadman Islam and Mahmudul Hasan Joy batted out three tricky overs unscathed.
Left-arm quick Shoriful Islam and offspinner Mehidy Hasan Miraz took three wickets each, before captain Mominul Haque took the final wicket of Henry Nicholls to finish with two for himself. Nicholls made 75 off 127 balls with 12 boundaries. He dominated the scoring on the second morning as wickets fell at the other end quite regularly.

Shorfiul took the first wicket of the morning when he had Rachin Ravindra caught at third slip in the fifth over. Nicholls went on the attack almost immediately afterwards, taking five boundaries including three in a row off Ebadot Hossain.

Bangladesh, however, struck back immediately when Mehidy had Kyle Jamieson caught at long-on for six. Mominul kept Mehidy in the attack against the New Zealand tail, and was ultimately rewarded. Mehidy got both Tim Southee and Neil Wagner, off successive balls. He had Southee caught at short midwicket, before Wagner was caught behind. Trent Boult managed to keep out the hat-trick ball.

Nicholls was the last man out, as his reverse sweep was caught at short third man by Shadman, who had dropped Boult at long-on off the previous ball, off Mehidy.

New Zealand had predictably dominated long periods on the first day, particularly during the 138-run second wicket stand between Devon Conway and Will Young. They came together in the fourth over when Tom Latham exited thanks to Litton Das’ brilliant catch. Conway and Young took their time to get going, but as soon as the ball got older, got stuck into the Bangladesh attack.

Young was run out for 52, but Conway went on to score his second hundred, his first in his maiden Test at home. It was a tidy innings from the left-hander who dominated anything short from the bowlers, scoring most of his runs square of the wicket on the leg-side. Conway however fell to a tickly down the leg-side, off part-timer Mominul for 122, as New Zealand lost two late wickets on the first day.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84