New Zealand vs Bangladesh 1st Test Day 1: Wagner’s five-for gives New Zealand the upper hand

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Neil Wagner finished with figures of 5-47 off 16.2 overs

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Neil Wagner carved through Bangladesh’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul to put New Zealand in control on the opening day of the first Test in Hamilton.

Being put in to bat first, Bangladesh got off to a solid start as Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam amassed a 57-run partnership before Shadman was clean bowled by Trent Boult for 24.

Tamim and Mominul Haque kept the runs flowing with a 64-run stand, during which Tamim raced past his half-century, before Mominul was caught behind off the bowling of Wagner for 12.

Mohammad Mithun only made eight runs before he was caught by Tom Latham at midwicket off the bowling of Wagner.

Tim Southee then joined the party by having Soumya Sarkar caught behind for one run.

Tamim went on to score 126, which came off 128 balls and included 21 boundaries and a six, before he was caught by New Zealand captain Kane Williamson at gully off the bowling of Colin de Grandhomme.

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Tamim Iqbal celebrates after scoring his ninth Test century

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Once Tamim was gone, Wagner removed Bangladesh skipper Mahmudullah and Mehidy Hasan Miraz in quick succession, while Southee took out Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed for two and a duck respectively.

Bangladesh ended up being bowled out for 234 when Liton Das was caught by Boult at fine leg off the bowling of Wagner for 29.

Wagner was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Southee snapped up three, and Boult and De Grandhomme chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 234 runs, New Zealand got off to a superb start as Jeet Raval and Latham forged an unbeaten 86-run stand, during which Raval registered his fifty, before stumps was called.

Raval finished on 51, which came off 89 balls and included eight boundaries, while Latham remained undefeated on 35, which came off 79 deliveries and included four boundaries and a six.

New Zealand ended day one on 86/0 and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 22:00 GMT (the previous day).

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