Twitter Reacts to Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s Spectacular Bowling Performance, Preventing New Zealand from Dominating Bangladesh on Day 1 of 2nd Test – BAN vs NZ

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On the first day of the 2nd Test at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka, Mehidy Hasan Miraz showcased exceptional bowling skills, preventing New Zealand from establishing dominance over Bangladesh.

Bangladesh struggle to put runs on the board

Bangladesh faced early setbacks, losing wickets consistently as skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto‘s decision to bat first under cloudy conditions in Mirpur did not yield the desired momentum. The initial partnership saw the openers scoring 29 runs, but Mahmudul Hasan Joy departed after contributing 14 runs. A notable resistance came from the duo of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shahadat Hossain Dipu, establishing a 57-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Dipu added 31 runs to the total, while Miraz’s innings concluded at 20.

Rahim, scoring 35 off 83 balls, faced an unusual dismissal for obstructing the field deliberately. Among the bowlers, Mitchell Santner stood out with figures of 3/65 in 28 overs, complemented by Glenn Phillips, who celebrated his birthday with 3/31 in 12 overs. Ajaz Patel contributed with a couple of wickets for 54 runs in 17 overs. Tim Southee, the skipper, took the final wicket as Bangladesh was bowled out for 172.

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Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s remarkable bowling spell halts New Zealand

In response, New Zealand’s top order struggled, losing key players like Devon Conway, Tom Latham and former captain Kane Williamson. Bangladesh’s spinners, spearheaded by Miraz (3/17) and Taijul Islam (2/29), orchestrated a collapse. At the end of the day, New Zealand found themselves at 55/5, trailing by 117 runs. Daryl Mitchell and Phillips remained unbeaten. Bangladesh, buoyed by their spinners’ performance, will aim to capitalize on the favorable situation and dismiss the Kiwis early on the following day. Bangladesh are leading the two-match series 1-0.

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