Blackcaps vs Bangladesh: New Zealand win toss, elect to bowl in Wellington test

It wasn't pretty but New Zealand has bowled out Bangladesh on the opening days play of the second test.

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and asked the visitors to bat on one a bowler-friendly Basin Reserve wicket.

With the first six sessions washed out, the covers revealed a green pitch that all-but blended into the rest of the wicket block.

But openers Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam showed no fear on the bowler-friendly deck, coasting through the first 90 minutes of play.

At drinks, Bangladesh were 74/0 before Colin de Grandhomme made the breakthrough on the resumption of play.

Shadman edged to Ross Taylor at first slip for 27, with the partnership at 75.

Shadam Islam scored 27 for the tourists.
Shadam Islam scored 27 for the tourists. Photo credit: Getty

Tamim continued his great form, passing fifty for the third straight innings and looked to be guiding Bangladesh to a comfortable position at lunch.

Enter Neil Wagner. The ferocious left-arm quick thought he had struck with his third ball when Mominul Haque appeared to have edged through to BJ Watling behind the stumps.

The diminutive Bangladeshi batsman successfully reviewed with replays showing the ball had struck his shoulder, not the edge of his bat.

But Wagner had his man a ball later when Mominul was strangled down the leg-side - BJ Watling diving away to his right to take a nice catch.

There was a sense of déjà vu in the final over of the session when Mohammad Mithun was given out caught behind off Wagner.

However, on review, the ball brushed the arm-guard giving Mithun a reprieve.

But almost comically Wagner struck next ball with Mithun playing a terrible shot to an innocuous delivery from the Blackcaps paceman - Watling taking his second catch in three overs.

Resuming after Lunch on 127/3 with Tamim unbeaten on 72, things fell apart for the tourists.

Wagner had Tamim caught by Tim Southee at mid-off after the left-hander top-edged a reckless pull shot. First test century makers Mahmudullah and Soumya Sarkar came and went quickly before the tourists reached 200.

Liton Das and Taijul Islam looked to restore order until Trent Boult broke a 38-run partnership when he trapped Islam in front for eight.

The left-armer quickly dispatched the tail as Bangladesh lost their last four wickets for five runs – bowled out for 211 just before Tea.

Wagner finished with 4/28 while Boult claimed 3/38. There were also wickets for Southee, de Grandhomme and Matt Henry.

Rain ended play for the day with the Blackcaps on 38/2, Kane Williamson (10) and Ross Taylor (19) are at the crease.

Earlier, after rain wreaked havoc during the first two days of the second test between New Zealand and Bangladesh, play finally commenced on a cold Wellington morning.

The first two days were washed out without a single ball being bowled at the Basin Reserve due to heavy rain on day one, and persistent light drizzle the following day.

New Zealand made one change to the side which won the first test by an innings and 52 runs, with paceman Matt Henry coming in for spinner Todd Astle.

It's Henry's first test since 2017.

Bangladesh have made two changes as spinner Taijiul Islam comes in for Mehidy Hasan, while Khaled Ahmed makes way for Mustafizur Rahman.

There are more light showers expected on day three while heavy rain is expected on Monday.


New Zealand: Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah (c), Liton Das, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed, Taijiul Islam, Ebadot Hossain.