At last, millions of Bangladeshi fans have found something to cherish from their team’s tour of New Zealand and for the first time in the last few days, their staying up at night hasn’t proved in vain. Bangladesh have scored 542 runs for 7 wickets in the second day of Wellington test and clearly have taken the rush of the match in their hands. This is their second highest score outside the homeland and obviously the best in New Zealand.
Bangladesh have climbed this apex by riding on the massive and stately stand between Shakib and Mushfiq. They have put 359 runs fifth wicket partnership which is the 4th best fifth wicket partnership in the history of test cricket. They have surpassed the country best partnership of Tamim and Kayes, who had a 312 runs first wicket stand against Pakistan two years ago. Shakib al Hasan has broken many records by playing a scintillating knock of 217 runs and has become the third Bangladeshi to score a double hundred. This innings is also the highest score by any Bangladeshi batsman in test cricket. Mushfiqur Rahim, the skipper, was firmly confident with his ability, albeit he had started shakily at the beginning. He was keenly determined to lead his team effectively and was pledged to prove his team’s ability to do well in the overseas condition. He has returned to the squad after suffering from a hamstring injury but with his big hundred of 159, he dispelled any vestige of doubt regarding his form.
Bangladesh at the end of the second day, undoubtedly, have consolidated a rigid possession. Sabbir ended the day by remaining unbeaten and Bangladesh probably will execute some fireworks tomorrow morning. This is a huge day in Bangladesh cricket and obviously the players have diverged the taboo of green pitch and windy condition of Wellington. Bangladesh can also forget their past records on this ground as they were never able to cross 150 marks in any of their previous four innings.