New Zealand, Bangladesh share day's spoils
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter
DateLine: 15th February 2010
The Bangladeshi side showed that they were not mere push-overs as they did well to restrict the Kiwis from running away with the match. At stumps when bd light stopped play the New Zealanders were placed at 258 for 5 with Martin Guptill nd Brendon McCullum unbeaten on 80 and 58 respectively.
With overcast conditions around, Bangladeshi skipper Shakib did not have any hesitation in electing to bowl first and his opening bowlers were right on spot. The pacemen Shahadat Hossain, Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain posted some difficult questions to the host's batsmen with their pace, controlled swing and accuracy. Shafiul Islam finally removed opener McIntosh before the skiddy pace of Rubel Hossain proved too much for Watling. Debutant Ingram did not show any nerves if he had any in the middle as he dealt well with the Bangladeshi bowlers. Taylor was at his belligerent self as he went hammer tongs at the Bangladeshi bowlers.
Rubel Hossain continued to be the thorn in the flesh of the Kiwi batsmen as both fell to the paceman at the cusp of their half-centuries. With his side tottering at 126 for 4, Guptill took the mantle of repairing the innings and he succeeded. The elegant, talented right-hander displayed all th necessary qualities required for a Test batsmen as brilliant shot-making was mixed with immaculate defense. Shakib Al Hasan managed to remove Daniel Vettori but the Bangladeshi bowlers hit a roadblock in the form of a blazing McCullum who was in murderous mood.
The light was fast fading and when the umpires offered the light to the batsmn who accepetd it.