Martin triple strike rocks Bangladesh

Updated: 07 January 2008 08:59 IST

Strike bowler Chris Martin put New Zealand firmly in charge as Bangladesh slumped to 88 for four at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test.

Martin triple strike rocks Bangladesh

DUNEDIN:

Strike bowler Chris Martin put New Zealand firmly in charge as Bangladesh slumped to 88 for four at lunch on the opening day of the first cricket Test on Friday.

Only debutant opener Tamim Iqbal, unbeaten on 41, offered any resistance as Martin ripped apart the Bangladesh top order to have three for 32.

At one stage Martin was sitting on a hat-trick after dismissing Habibul Bashar and Mohammad Ashraful with successive balls before Shahriar Nafees blocked the next delivery.

But Martin received little support from New Zealand's other pace bowlers and the only other wicket to fall went to spinner Daniel Vettori.

The lack of overall penetration by the New Zealand pace bowlers forced captain Vettori to bring himself on earlier than he would have liked and he was rewarded with the dismissal of Nafees.

Vettori won the toss and opted to make first use of a ball on a pitch which had all the indications of becoming more batsman friendly as the Test progresses.

Martin was two balls into his third over when he struck for the first time, getting Junaid Siddique to edge the ball to Stephen Fleming at first slip.

Bashar, one of three reinforcements brought out from Bangladesh following the recent one-day series, came to the crease and immediately went on the attack.

He hit two sixes, one to third man and one to fine leg, before being caught by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum for 23.

Martin took his third wicket off the next ball when he trapped key batsman Mohammad Ashraful leg before wicket when the Bangladesh captain padded up and did not play a shot.

Ashraful's departure left Bangladesh reeling at 47 for three

Tamim and Nafrees put on 35 for the fourth wicket before Nafrees was bowled by Vettori for 16.

Fine weather is forecast for Dunedin over the next few days.



Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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