Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 2: BJ Watling’s century keeps New Zealand in control

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Watling and Boult put New Zeland in a dominant position heading into day three

Following Kane Williamson’s century on day one, New Zealand retained control over Bangladesh in Chittagong on the second day as well thanks to a brilliant knock of 103 by wicketkeeper BJ Watling.

Both Watling and pace bowler Trent Boult, who remained unbeaten on 52, registered new career-high scores.

Bruce Martin and Watling were the two new batsmen at the crease, but their partnership did not last very long as Martin was caught behind off the bowling of Rubel Hossain.

All-rounder Corey Anderson found himself back in the pavilion in the very next over as he was dismissed by Abdur Razzak, who picked up two wickets on day one.

Watling and Doug Bracewell were able to steady the innings with a 57-run partnership before Bracewell was cleaned bowled by Sohag Gazi.

Debutant Ish Sodhi failed to have an impact either as he was given out lbw for just one run.

With Bangladesh’s bowlers slicing through New Zealand’s tailenders, Watling and Boult refused to go down without a fight.

The pair ended up frustrating Bangladesh with a 127-run partnership, during which Watling brought up his century and Boult registered his half-century, before Watling was stumped by Bangladesh skipper and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim off the bowling of Mominul Haque.

Watling scored 103 off 182 balls, which included six boundaries and two sixes, while Boult remained undefeated on 52 off 137 deliveries, which included four boundaries and three maximums.

Razzak was the most successful Bangladesh bowler with three wickets, while Gazi and Shakib Al Hasan both picked up two wickets and Rubel Hossain, Haque and Nassir Hossain all chipped in with one wicket each as New Zealand were bowled out for 469.

With Bangladesh starring down the barrel of a big total, their opening pair immediately succumbed to the pressure.

Despite starting off with a wide, Boult’s first legitimate delivery was enough to send Tamim Iqbal packing as he edged the ball straight to Williamson at gully.

Iqbal’s opening partner Anamul Haque was dismissed midway through the fourth over as Bracewell got a delivery to nip back in and it struck Haque on the pad right in front of the stumps.

With Bangladesh struggling at 8/2, Mominul Haque trundled to the crease and started batting as if he were playing a Twenty20 International.

Haque soon recorded his half-century, which came off just 36 balls.

Bangladesh finished day two on 103/2 with Haque unbeaten on 77 off 71 deliveries, which included 13 boundaries, and debutant Marshall Ayub undefeated on 21.

Bracewell and Boult picked up one wicket apiece.

The pair’s partnership currently stands at 95 and they will resume batting at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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