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1st Test: BJ Watling century puts New Zealand on top

In response to New Zealand's 469, Bangladesh made a sluggish start but Haque's stormy batting brought Bangladesh back on track.

Associated Press |October 10, 2013, 6:36 PM IST
1st Test: BJ Watling century puts New Zealand on top

Chittagong: Mominul Haque smashed a half-century to help Bangladesh recover from the quick loss of two wickets and reach 103-2 at stumps on the second day of the first Test on Thursday.

In response to New Zealand's first innings' 469, Bangladesh made a sluggish start but Haque's stormy batting brought Bangladesh back on track, although still trailing by 366 runs.

Bangladesh lost their two openers by the fourth over, with Tamim Iqbal going for a duck and Anamul Haque on 3. Mominul amassed 77 off 13 boundaries while his partner Marshall Aiyub was unbeaten on 21.

Brendon McCullum used six bowlers but Mominul continued to batter them amid cheers from a few thousand Bangladeshi supporters at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

For New Zealand, BJ Watling scored his second Test century and added 127 runs with Trent Boult in their last-wicket stand.

Bangladesh took five wickets on the day to dismiss New Zealand, which resumed on 280-5. Boult contributed 52 runs for the Kiwis.

Watling survived after being caught off a delivery from Rubel Hossain because of a no-ball when he was on four, but he went on to score 103 off 182 balls. Part-time left-armer Mominul Haque dismissed Watling, stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim.

Watling and Boult dominated Bangladesh for more than a session after New Zealand lost their ninth wicket in the morning for 342 runs. However, New Zealand's progress stopped when Watling fell 10 minutes into an extended second session. Watling's total came off 182 balls with six boundaries and two sixes. Boult's 52 featured four boundaries and three sixes from 137 balls.

Earlier, nightwatchman Bruce Martin (1) departed in the first over of the day and Abdur Razzak (3-147) claimed Corey Anderson (1) in the second over, leaving the visitors in trouble at 282-7. Nasir Hossain caught him at slip. Doug Bracewell paired with Watling to add 57 runs in the eighth-wicket stand before being dismissed by Sohal Gazi (2-79).

Shakib trapped Ish Sodhi lbw for 1. On Wednesday, Kane Williamson scored 114 and Peter Fulton added 73 to give New Zealand a strong ground. After a sluggish two sessions Bangladesh rebounded by taking three wickets and conceding only 36 runs in the final hour on the first day.

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