Bangladesh vs New Zealand , stumps day 1.

New Zealand had a good start in their plan to beat Bangladesh on their home ground. On the first day in Sylhet, Bangladesh scored 310 runs. Glenn Phillips was the hero for New Zealand, taking four wickets, while Ish Sodhi and Ajaz Patel took three more. Bangladesh lost nine wickets on the opening day.

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New Zealand bowled first.

Bangladesh won the toss and chose to bat. Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Zakir Hasan faced the fast bowling for 10 overs before Zakir was the first wicket to fall to spin bowling. Ajaz Patel bowled a quick one that beat Zakir’s attempt to cut, hitting the off-stump. Najmul Hossain Shanto tried to take on New Zealand’s spinners but got out when he miscued a full-toss from Phillips and hit it to Kane Williamson at mid-on.

Despite a couple of close calls, Mahmudul and Mominul Haque led Bangladesh’s recovery in the second session, building a solid base with an 88-run partnership. However, Phillips disrupted their plans by getting Mominul out.

He did the same thing as Shanto did against Ajaz, trying to cut a ball that wasn’t suitable for that shot, and ended up nicking it to Tom Blundell behind the stumps. Ish Sodhi then got Mahmudul out, making him nick one to Daryl Mitchell at slip. Bangladesh went to Tea at 184 for 4, and things got worse in the post-Tea session as the ball started to spin more.

Credit to Bangladesh’s lower-order batters, they all got decent starts, but none could stay on until stumps to give Bangladesh a strong position in the match. Mushfiqur Rahim and Shahadat Hossain took Bangladesh past 200 runs, but Phillips got Mushfiqur out when he tried to hit big but mistimed it to Williamson at mid-on.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz looked good for his 20 runs until he hesitated and edged one from Kyle Jamieson to Daryl Mitchell at slips. Bangladesh kept losing wickets, going from 233 for 6 to 290 for 9.

New Zealand couldn’t wrap up Bangladesh’s innings on Day 1. Taijul Islam and Shoriful Islam batted for 3.1 overs, hitting four boundaries to take the team past 300. Bad light then stopped play a bit early, with 85 overs bowled. New Zealand is happy with how they handled Bangladesh’s batting, but the real test will be how well they bat, especially with the pitch favoring spinners.

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