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Martin five-for skittles Bangladesh


Bangladesh’s attempt to salvage something from a winless tour of New Zealand started disastrously as their fragile batting line-up collapsed once again due to a combination of poor shot selection and controlled aggressive bowling. They were bowled out for 143 before tea on the first day, having faced only 45.3 overs at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

Bangladesh had been thrashed inside three days in the first Test in Dunedin, a defeat that began with a first-innings collapse for 137 in 46.1 overs, and so far they’ve batted from the same script. The New Zealand pace attack played their part with Chris Martin and Kyle Mills getting the ball to seam appreciably in windy conditions and Ian O’Brien, the first change bowler, did not allow the pressure to ease. Martin, though, was the best of the three. He troubled the batsmen incessantly with pace, bounce and movement in both directions and picked up 5 for 65, his eighth five-wicket haul in Tests.

New Zealand had to see off an awkward half-hour before tea, a period during which left-arm medium-pacer Sajidul Islam picked up the wicket of Matthew Bell, caught down the leg side. Mashrafe Mortaza also troubled the right-handers with the odd delivery that seamed away and beat the bat but Peter Fulton and Craig Cumming went into the break with New Zealand on 28 for 1, and quickly taking control of this game.

There was assistance for the fast bowlers throughout the day and New Zealand were given an early boost when Daniel Vettori won his ninth consecutive toss and put Bangladesh in. Ashraful said, before the start, that he did not want to bat either but found himself at the crease in the ninth over after Bangladesh lost early wickets due to a lack of application.

The Bangladesh openers needed to play with caution while the new ball was seaming around and only needed to recall their record century partnership in the second innings in Dunedin for inspiration. Instead Tamim Iqbal tried to unfurl his shots and while Junaid Siddique was more circumspect, he was also unconvincing in defense. Troubled when the ball was pitched short, Tamim was quick to move forward when the length was fuller. He drove Kyle Mills elegantly to the cover and straight boundaries but those were exceptions during a passage when he was troubled by movement away from him. He eventually chased a wide one and edged to Mathew Sinclair at point.

At 17 for 1, Bangladesh needed Habibul Bashar to draw on all his experience to negotiate the testing conditions but he also played an indiscreet drive away from his body and edged Chris Martin to Brendon McCullum.

Ashraful, too, didn’t apply himself but a vein of good luck ensured that a couple of edges off Iain O’Brien flew between gully and the heavily populated slip cordon. O’Brien’s bad luck got worse when Matthew Bell grassed a sharp chance at short cover.

Bell, however, made amends for his dropped catch by pouching Siddique, who was the most careful of the Bangladesh batsmen. He left several balls outside the off stump until he got one from Martin that was too close to leave. Shahriar Nafees, though, needn’t have poked at the delivery that he edged to second slip to leave Bangladesh reeling at 68 for 4.

Ashraful appeared intent on hitting Bangladesh out of trouble but his dismissal shortly before lunch was a crippling blow. He walked off shaking his head and replays showed that the ball had brushed the pad and not the bat before going through to McCullum.

There was no respite for Bangladesh after lunch as Martin struck in his first over with one that seared back into Mushfiqur Rahim and rapped him on the pads. Refreshed after the break and buoyed by immediate success, Martin increased in pace and intensity and Aftab Ahmed wore one short ball on mid-riff and two more on his helmet.

Aftab began uncharacteristically slowly, taking 12 balls to get off the mark and then playing out 26 more dot balls. He started throwing his bat around, when he began to run out of partners, and several top edges and the odd bottom edge ran to the boundary to bring up Bangladesh’s 100.

Bangladesh held Mortaza back to No 11, a tactic that yielded 21 quick runs as Mortaza backed away and flayed at everything. He sliced Martin twice, over backward point and third man, for six but holed out to long-on when he tried to hit Vettori. New Zealand’s fast bowlers were so effective that Vettori bowled only 2.3 overs and picked up the final wicket of a purposeless Bangladesh innings.

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