Mushfiqur Rahim became the first Bangladesh batter to be dismissed for fielding obstruction as the home side dominated proceedings against New Zealand on the opening day of their second Test at the Sher-E National Cricket Stadium -Bangla in Dhaka on Wednesday.
Looking for a series-leveling victory, New Zealand appeared to take a lead in the competition after bowling out Bangladesh for 172 at the Shere Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. The tourists faced their own collapse when they came out to bat and they were reeling at 55-5 when poor light stopped play with just 79 overs bowled in the day.
Daryl Mitchell (12) and Glenn Phillips (5) will resume New Zealand’s battle to stay in the competition when play resumes on Thursday.
Bangladesh’s indifferent batting outing
Before opting to bat, Bangladesh collapsed to 47-4 in 15 overs, with New Zealand’s duo of Mitchell Santner (3-65) and Ajaj Patel (2-54) destroying their top spot . Mushfiqur (35) and Shahadat Hossain (31) combined in a 57-run stand to steady the ship until the 41st over when New Zealand claimed a wicket in the most unlikely of ways.
Mushfiqur creates unwanted recording
Mushfiqur defended a Kyle Jamieson delivery, then instinctively extended his right hand to push the ball away even though there was no chance of it hitting the stumps. The television referee upheld New Zealand’s appeal for what was previously known as ball tampering, but was dismissed for obstructing the field in 2017.
Mushfiqur is the first Bangladeshi batter to be ruled out for obstructing the field, with seven batsmen previously ordered to ‘handle the ball’ in Test cricket. Phillips destroyed Bangladesh’s lower order with figures of 3-31.
The New Zealand opener couldn’t control the spin-friendly conditions and looked uncomfortable against Mehidy Hasan Miraz (3-17) and Taijul Islam (2-29). Bangladesh won the opening Test in Sylhet by 150 runs, their first at home against New Zealand.
(With inputs from Reuters)
First publication: December 7, 2023 12:50 a.m. STI