Kiwis take upper hand against B'desh

Updated: 07 January 2008 09:00 IST

Matthew Bell marked his return to Test cricket after a six-year absence with an unbeaten 74, giving New Zealand a first-innings lead over Bangladesh.

DUNEDIN:

Opening batsman Matthew Bell marked his return to Test cricket after a six-year absence with an unbeaten 74 on Friday, giving New Zealand a first-innings lead over Bangladesh on the first day of the first Test.

Bangladesh, sent in to bat after losing the toss, was dismissed for 137 in less than two sessions but fought back to have New Zealand 156 for four at stumps, a lead of 19 runs overall.

Bell, in his 14th Test match and his first since the 2001-2002 season, batted three hours for his third Test half century to hold together the fraying New Zealand innings and to give the home side hope of a dominant position on the second day.

Earlier, Chris Martin took four wickets for 64 runs as New Zealand exploited bowler-friendly conditions to dismiss Bangladesh in only 46.1 overs.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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