NZ in control of first Test against Bangladesh

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Brendon McCullum completed his maiden Test century Thursday to put New Zealand in control on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh.

NZ in control of first Test against Bangladesh

Dhaka:

Brendon McCullum completed his maiden Test century Thursday to put New Zealand in control on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh. Bangladesh suffered early blows in the second innings losing two quick wickets and slumping to 41-2 at stumps, still trailing by 184 runs. Rookie Nafis Iqbal, 19, was unbeaten on 24 with Rajin Saleh yet to score at the close of play. Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori removed experienced opener Javed Omar (14) and Hannan Sarkar (1). Resuming from an overnight score of 207-5 and chasing Bangladesh's first innings total of 177, New Zealand ended its first innings on 402 just after tea. Rafique's recordLeft-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique claimed six dismissals as he became the first Bangladeshi bowler to take fifty Test wickets. On the first ball after tea, Rafique clean bowled Paul Wiseman (28) to wrap up the New Zealand innings. He ended with one of his best figures of 6-122 in 59.1 overs. Overnight batsman Jacob Oram (23) was Rafique's record-making victim and the only New Zealand wicket to fall in the morning session. Rafiqe then picked up his fifth wicket before tea, ending McCullum's run at 143 with Alok Kapali catching him at silly mid-off. Rafique, 34, took his 50th wicket in his 13th test match with an average of 30.26 since debuting in Bangladesh's inaugural test against India at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in 2000. He had Oram caught at first slip by fellow spinner Manjurul Islam. It was his fourth wicket of the innings and second catch of Islam. Islam then took the wicket of Daniel Vettori (23), who got caught by Nafis Iqbal at forward short leg after adding only one run to his unbeaten 22 at lunch. Next to go was James Franklin (23) who was caught by Rajin Saleh at square leg off a Tapash Baishya delivery. On Wednesday, Rafique removed openers Mark Richardson (15) and Mathew Sinclair (76), along with top-order batsman Nathan Astle (11). (AP)



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