Bangladesh vs New Zealand 2017 1st Test day 2 Live Cricket Score Streaming
Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim put on 109 of the 115 runs that Bangladesh made on the second morning as they marched towards a strong total. Both batsmen had crossed fifty - lunch would taste delicious - but with the pitch settling down they'd best not sate their appetites.
The theme of play on Friday made it seem like the Basin Reserve was a farmer's market. It was bathed in sunshine but the Northerly was nowhere to be found, clearly it didn't like what they were selling today. The Williamson and Rahim families though just couldn't get enough. The score - 269 for 4 - indicated neither one had quite gained a definitive upper hand. If the fifth-wicket partnership broke, Sabbir Rahman was the only recognised batsman left.
"Time for runs," said the sign posted over the pitch. "Fair enough," said Bangladesh. They lost Mominul Haque, who couldn't add anything to his overnight score of 64, but were hard-nosed enough to flourish for the rest of the two-and-a-half hour session, weathering short-ball barrages and playing text-book shots. It was no coincidence that Shakib and Mushfiqur, the two most experienced players in the line-up, led the charge.
"Patience for wickets? Lovely, darling patience for a pretty packet of wickets?" tempted the old gaffer who kept following Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner and Colin de Grandhomme. The New Zealand bowlers bought into the deal wholeheartedly. They targeted left-handers from around the wicket, placing the ball in the off stump corridor and one of them snatched Mominul's edge in the third over of the day. It was the 44th instance that caught Watling bowled Southee featured on a scorecard, going past caught Smith bowled Hadlee.
The right-handed Mushfiqur had to deal with a spate of bouncers early in his innings, copping blows to his fingers while awkwardly fending the ball away. But he wouldn't give in. This pain was nothing compared to what he would have to endure if Bangladesh had collapsed from a position of strength, again.
Mushfiqur relied on his guts to survive, fuelled perhaps by the desire to show that the team he leads can do well outside of their borders. Of course, it helped that when the full delivery came, he was able to put them away. A lash through cover, a push past mid-off and a stunning on-drive for four were among the pick of his shots as he went to lunch at 53 not out.
Shakib, meanwhile, had far fewer moments of discomfort because he was able to pick the bouncer early. He was happy to leave an over that was packed with them from Wagner, who plays on batsmen's egos to hustle them out. But the moment the short ball failed to rise above the waist, he was onto it, pulling and cutting with no half measures. He was unbeaten on 66 - five more runs would take him to the 3000 mark in Test cricket. Only Habibul Bashar and Tamim Iqbal have more.
New Zealand, while being disciplined, would rue the catches that they couldn't hold on to. Mushfiqur, on 28, flailed at a wide delivery from de Grandhomme, a very thick outside edge flew too quickly and Jeet Raval leaping up at second slip could only get his fingertips to it. While that was a very difficult chance, yesterday, Mitchell Santner dropped a straightforward one off Shakib when he was on 4.