Stumps-Day 2

Bangladesh: 289/10

New Zealand: 260/7 in 71 overs (Taylor 77, Latham 68, Shakib 3/32)

Bangladeshi bowlers have bowled tremendously well today to restrict New Zealanders taking any lead. Two teams have fought neck and neck in the first two sessions since Bangladesh picked up crucial breakthroughs while New Zealand batsmen were making long partnerships. But Shakib turned the game in Bangladesh’ favor during the final session by striking thrice in quick succession and unraveling the tails. New Zealand ended the rain-meddled day by trailing 29 runs still with three wickets intact.

Shakib had bowled only four overs prior to that final spell and was a bit extravagant to give away runs. But he came back strongly and broke the partnership between Santner and Nicholls. In his very next over, he sent back Watling and Grandhomme by two magnificent deliveries. Shakib was putting enormous pressure on the Kiwis but rain then interrupted the play and the umpires called the day off.

Bangladesh began with fumbles in the first session as catches were dropped and a chance of runout was spared. Rabbi then sealed the streak of penance by picking up Raval and Williamson in his very first over. Soon after lunch, Miraz and Taskin also struck to cause to stay Bangladesh in the game firmly.

Latham and Taylor continued their form in this game as well and both of them picked up fifties. At the end of day two, two teams are standing on an exquisitely balanced position and promising more actions in the days ahead.