Not a Single ball bowled in the third day

Not a Single ball bowled in the third day

New Zealand 260/7  (71 overs)
Raval 16, Latham 68, Williamson 2, Taylor 77, Nicholls 56*, Santner 29
Kamrul Islam Rabbi 2/48, Shakib Al Hasan 3/32, Taskin Ahmed 1/64, Mehedi Hasan 1/51

Bangladesh 289/10 (84.3 overs)
Tamim Iqbal 5, Soumya Sarkar 86, Mahmudullah 19, Shakib Al Hasan 59,
Sabbir 7, Shanto 18, Nurul 47, Miraj 10,Taskin 8, Kamrul 2, Rubel 16*
Boult 4/87, Southee 5/94

Persistent Heavy rain washed out the entire third day’s play of the second test between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday.

Rain had forced the players off early on Saturday and the hosts were to have resumed their first innings on 260 for seven, a deficit of 29 runs, with Henry Nicholls on 56 while Tim Southee was on four.

It’s been a frustrating day after a well-fought first two days. With seventeen wickets down in this Test, there is still enough time to force a result should we get two full days of play. The forecast is better for tomorrow, though there are a few clouds expected. But it is expected to be windy, which means we may not have lengthy interruptions, if any.

However, downpours overnight ensured there would be at least a delay to the start of play, but when the rain did not stop umpires Paul Reiffel and Nigel Llong abandoned play without a ball being bowled at the conclusion of the scheduled tea break at 1600 local (0300 GMT).

Earlier in the match, Bangladesh managed to score 289 runs in their first innings of the match by playing the whole first day. Taskin Ahmed was given the new ball to start the 2nd day while Miraj started bowling from the other end. Jeet Raval and Tom Latham have came to bat in the opening stand for the Blackcaps.

Jeet Raval was really lucky in the beginning as his catches were dropped two times. Mahmudullah and Sabbir dropped his catches while he was on 2 and 6.

Then, Latham and Raval started to play fluently and the pair added 45 runs in the opening stand. They were looking dangerous at that time and then Kamrul Islam Rabbi came to bowl.

Rabbi bowled Raval with a cracking delivery and then Williamson was gone too in the same over. Kiwi skipper couldn’t play Rabbi’s out-swinger properly and gave catch to the wicket-keeper.

After the departure of Kiwi skipper, the centurion of the first test Tom Latham and veteran batter Ross Taylor made a partnership of 106 runs in the third wicket and lifted the team from danger.

In the fourth ball of the 38th over, Tiger pacer Taskin made the break through by removing Latham for 68. The Kiwi batsman gave a catch to the wicket keeper Nurul Hasan Sohan.

Then Ross Taylor couldn’t manage to stay at the crease much longer. He departed for 77 runs while team scored 177. In the fifth wicket Mitchel Santer and Henry Nicholls made a partnership of 75 runs.

However, after departure of Santner for 29 in the 4th ball of the 66th over, The Kiwis lost two more wickets rapidly. IT was Shakib Al Hasan who made the break through and departed Santner, Watling and Grandhomme.

Henry Nicholls (56) and Tim Southee(4) are at the crease now.  However, play has been stopped due to rain.

Earlier,in the first day, New Zealand had a super start while bowling and Bangladesh captain Tamim Iqbal disappointed the fans in the beginning. Mahmudullah and Tamim got out with in 11 overs of the match.

After their departure, it was Soumya Sarkar who started to play brilliantly in his first test match as an opener. Soumya made 127 runs partnership with Shakib Al Hasan in the 3rd wicket stand.

But, Soumya got out after scoring 86 runs and his departure opened the gate for Kiwi bowlers. Within 15 runs, Bangladesh lost two more wickets. Shakib got out after scoring 59 runs and Sabbir scored 7 before getting out.

Then, two debutants, Nazmul Hasan Shanto and Nurul Hasan Sohan showed great bit of bravery in the middle and they fought very hard. This partnership added a fifty run stand which gave Bangladesh strength to reach a respected total.

Nazmul Hasan Shanto scored just 18 runs from 56 balls but that was valuable. After his departure Sohan continued his patient fight along with the tail-enders. Miraj failed again but Taskin and Rabbi supported him in a steady way.

Sohan was steady throughout his innings and at the end Kamrul Islam Rabbi was fantastic. After scoring valuable 47 runs, Nurul Hasan got out. On the other hand, Kamrul Islam Rabbi played 63 balls.

At the very end, Rubel Hossain played some excellent boundaries which took Bangladesh’s first innings total to 289 runs. But, the worry for them will be Rubel’s injur. Rubel Hossain got hurt in his right elbow by Boult’s delivery.

New Zealand will be eagerly trying to make it nine wins in a row for the domestic international season, after sweeping the Tests against Pakistan and the ODI and T20 series and the first Test against Bangladesh

Bangladesh made four changes as they dealt with an injury crisis that left them without their captain Mushfiqur Rahim and two top-order batsmen in Imrul Kayes and Mominul Haque.

They brought in two debutants in the left-hand middle-order batsman Nazmul Hossain Shanto and the wicketkeeper-batsman Nurul Hasan, and brought Soumya Sarkar back into the side to open for the first time in Test cricket, alongside the stand-in captain Tamim Iqbal. Rubel Hossain, meanwhile, replaced Subhashis Roy in their three-man pace attack.

Playing Squads:

New Zealand: 1 Tom Latham, 2 Jeet Raval, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 BJ Watling (wk), 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Neil Wagner, 11 Trent Boult.

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal (capt), 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Nazmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mahmudullah, 5 Shakib Al Hasan, 6 Sabbir Rahman, 7 Nurul Hasan (wk), 8 Mehedi Hasan, 9 Taskin Ahmed, 10 Rubel Hossain, 11 Kamrul Islam Rabbi.

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