Dominant Bangladesh finishes Day 3 with 73-run lead over New Zealand
Own representative, Dhaka, January 4: Bangladesh finished the third day of first test match against New Zealand with a 73-run lead at the Bay Oval in Mount Manganui. Bangladesh dominated the match from the second day morning. New Zealand all out for 328 runs after a power show by the Bangladeshi bowlers. The Tigers ended the day with 175 runs for the loss of only two wickets. Nazmul Hossain Shanto was dismissed after scoring a half century (64 runs), but Mahmudul Hasan Joy was on the wicket with 70 runs.
Bangladesh batsmen batted brilliantly on the third day. Bangladesh lost the wickets of Joy, Mushfiq, Muminul and Liton's wickets. All of them, except Mushfiq, scored half centuries. At the end of the third day, after playing 156 overs, Bangladesh scored 401 runs for the loss of six wickets. Mehdi Hasan Miraj with 20 runs and Yasir Ali Rabbi with 11 runs are on the crease.
First Mahmudul Hasan Joy, then Muminul Haque, and finally Liton Kumar Das missed their centuries for a few runs. Liton Das was dismissed after scoring a brilliant 86. The wicketkeeper-batsman of Bangladesh played 177 balls and he hit 10 boundaries, but his inning was ended just 14 runs short from the century. Mahmudul Hasan Joy was dismissed after scoring 78 runs while Muminul Haque scored 88 runs.
Kiwi pacer Trent Boult dismissed both Mominul and Das within four overs of each other in the final session.