Plucky Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Junaid Siddique closed in on a 220-run first innings deficit to shatter New Zealand thoughts of a first Test rout here on Saturday.
By stumps on the second day the Test debutants had posted a record-breaking 148 after centuries by Matthew Bell and Jacob Oram had earlier carried New Zealand to 357 in reply to the 137 by Bangladesh in the first innings.
Iqbal was not out 72 and Siddique on 69 with their stand the highest by a Bangladesh opening partnership in any Test, the highest by any Bangladesh pair against New Zealand and the highest partnership of this Test.
Bell and Oram had earlier featured in a 139-run partnership for New Zealand but received little support on a wicket which did not appear to hold any demons for the batsmen.
When Bell, who made 107, and Jacob Oram, 117, were in full flight, New Zealand appeared on track for a lead well in excess of 300.
Bell, on his return to the New Zealand side after being unwanted for the past six years, weathered a shaky period in the 90s and survived a confident leg before wicket appeal on 97 before scoring his second Test hundred.
Ten runs later he was out lbw to Mashrafe Mortaza.
Oram reached his fourth Test century three balls after lunch with his 16th boundary before he was bowled by Mortaza.
Kyle Mills was caught behind first ball leaving Iain O’Brien to thwart the hat-trick before he was last out for five.
The introduction of the second new ball saw the last four New Zealand wickets tumble for just 37 runs.
A 32 by captain Daniel Vettori was the only other score of note, although Chris Martin who has one of the world’s worst Test averages of two from 48 innings, posted his highest international score with an unbeaten 12.
For Bangladesh, paceman Mortaza had the best bowling figures with four for 74 off 23 overs.
Faced with a 220-run target to make New Zealand bat again, Iqbal and Siddique made light of the New Zealand bowling and brought up the 100 at better than five an over.
They only gave up one chance when Iqbal mistimed a pull shot off Mills but Iain O’Brien spilled the chance.
Although the scoring rate slowed in the last half hour they had Bangladesh comfortably placed and New Zealand now face the prospect of a fourth-innings run chase. New Zealand won their four previous Tests against Bangladesh by more than an innings.
New Zealand won toss
Bangladesh 1st inns 137 (Tamim Iqbal 53; C S Martin 4-64)
New Zealand 1st inns (overnight 156-4)
C D Cumming lbw b Sajidul 1
M D Bell lbw b Ashraful 107
P G Fulton b Shahadat 14
S P Fleming c Mushfiqur b Sajidul 14
M S Sinclair lbw b Mortaza 29
J D P Oram b Mortaza 117
†B B McCullum c Junaid b Ashraful 7
*D L Vettori c Enamul b Shahadat 32
K D Mills c Mushfiqur b Mortaza 0
I E O’Brien c Mushfiqur b Mortaza 5
C S Martin not out 12
Extras (b4, lb10, w2, nb3) 19
Total (all out, 91 overs) 357
Fall: 1-5, 2-31, 3-58, 4-121, 5-260, 6-270, 7-320, 8-32, 9-340
Bowling: Shahadat Hossain 18-0-95-2 (1nb); Sajidul Islam 19-2-71-2 (1nb, 2w); Mashrafe Mortaza 23-3-74-4; Enamul Haque jnr 22-4-57-0 (1nb); Mohammad Ashraful 9-0-46-2
Bangladesh 2nd inns
Tamim Iqbal not out 72
Junaid Siddique not out 69
Extras (lb 4, nb 3) 7
Total (no wkt, 39 overs) 148
To bat: Habibul Bashar, *Mohammad Ashraful, Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed, †Mushfiqur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Sajidul Islam, Enamul Haque jnr
Bowling: Martin 10-0-48-0 (2nb); Mills 7-1-33-0; O’Brien 4-0-23-0 (1nb); Vettori 12-4-33-0; Oram 6-2-7-0
Test debuts: Junaid Siddique, Sajidul Islam and Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh)
Umpires: N J Llong (England) and P D Parker (Australia). TV umpire: A L Hill. Match referee: B C Broad (England)
Second & final Test: January 12-16, Wellington
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