Bangladesh 269-3, leads NZ by 114 runs
MIRPUR, Bangladesh (AP) — Mominul Haque’s second test century propelled Bangladesh to 269-3 and a 114-run lead over New Zealand which left their second test in the balance on Thursday heading into the final day.
Mominul was 126 not out off 225 balls, after featuring in a 157-run partnership with Tamim Iqbal, a team record for the third wicket.
Mominul hit 181 in the first test in Chittagong, where it ended in a draw. That looks likely here as well, as Bangladesh will probably declare around lunchtime and see if Shakib Al Hasan can conjure anything out of a fairly flat pitch.
“We need to come out tomorrow morning and take a couple of wickets to put pressure on them. I think it’ll be an exciting day,” New Zealand opener Peter Fulton said.
After New Zealand added only 18 more runs to its overnight score and was bowled out on 437 for a 155-run lead, Mominul joined Tamim at 55-2 and cruised.
Mominul brought up his second century in his fifth test by driving the ball straight back and past fast bowler Neil Wagner to the boundary. It was his 13th boundary among 169 balls.
He gave a half-chance on 122 when he edged Doug Bracewell, but Ross Taylor at first slip failed to grab the opportunity.
“We didn’t do too much wrong in bowling. It’s still a pretty good track and they batted well,” Fulton said. “Mominul has been outstanding. We didn’t give him too much width but he was patient throughout.”
He and opener Tamim stand of 157 surpassed the previous record of 103 for the third wicket by Mohammad Ashraful and Javed Omar against Pakistan in 2003 in Peshawar.
Taylor did take a sharp chance to help dismiss Tamim, who batted for 5 1/2 hours for 70 off 218 balls, with just four boundaries.
Tamim said his slow pace was deliberate.
“We had decided to not lose too much wickets, so I went very slow,” he said. “We wanted to try to build a big total and wish to bat until lunch tomorrow so that we can send New Zealand to bat.”
At stumps, Mominul was still batting with Shakib, 32 not out.
Wagner, who claimed five wickets in the first innings, took both early Bangladesh wickets, Amanul Haque for and Marshall Ayub for 9.
Earlier, New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling was left unbeaten on 70 after Ish Sodhi was run out on 58 and Trent Boult was trapped lbw by Abdur Razzak for 4.
Shakib returned 5-103 off 43 overs and Razzak took 2-96.