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Haque’s 181 brought Bangladesh back into contention
Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque scored a magnificent 181 as he turned the tide in Bangladesh’s favour on day three of the first Test against New Zealand in Chittagong.
Starting out the day on 77, Haque and debutant Marshall Ayub extended their unbeaten partnership from 95 to 126 before Ayub was caught behind off the bowling of Corey Anderson for 25.
Shakib Al Hasan only managed to score 19 runs, but passed a major milestone during his innings as he recorded his 2000th Test run.
Bangladesh captain and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim joined Haque at the crease and together the pair registered a 121-run partnership, during which Haque brought up his century and Rahim his half-century.
Haque continued to pile on the runs as the New Zealand bowling attack could do nothing but stare in absolute awe.
The 22-year-old soon passed the 150-run mark, but failed to convert it into a double century as he was given out lbw on 181.
Haque’s fantastic knock of 181 had come off 274 balls, which included 27 boundaries.
Rahim was dismissed in the very next over as he was caught out off the bowling of Doug Bracewell for 67.
Rahim’s 67 came off 119 deliveries and included 10 boundaries and two sixes.
A 70-run partnership between Nasir Hossain and Sohag Gazi steadied Bangladesh’s innings until debutant Ish Sodhi picked up his first Test wicket by dismissing Hossain for 46 off 65 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six.
Gazi was unbeaten on 28, while Abdur Razzak remained undefeated on one run when play was brought to an end.
Bangladesh finished on 380/7 and still trail New Zealand by 89 runs.
Bracewell and Anderson picked up two wickets apiece, while Sodhi, Kane Williamson and Trent Boult all chipped in with one wicket each.
Play will resume tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.