* Mominul Haque smashed a half century as Bangladesh recovered from the quick loss of two wickets to reach 103-2 against New Zealand on the second day of the first test on Thursday. The Kiwis also rallied from an early stumble. Resuming on 280-5,they were 282-7 after the first two overs. But wicketkeeper BJ Watling scored his second test century and added 127 runs with fast bowler Trent Boult for the last wicket. By stumps,Mominul Haque was a career-best 77 not out from 71 balls and Bangladesh trailed by 366 runs at at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. For New Zealand,B.J. Watling scored his second Test century and added 127 runs with Trent Boult in their last-wicket stand. Bangladesh took five wickets on the day to dismiss New Zealand,which resumed on 280/5. Boult contributed 52 runs for the Kiwis. Watling survived after being caught off a delivery from Rubel Hossain because of a no-ball when he was on four,but he went on to score 103 off 182 balls. Part-time left-armer Mominul Haque dismissed Watling,stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim.
brief scores: NZ 469 in 157.1 overs (K Williamson 114,B Watling 103,A Razzak 3/147,S Gaz 2/79); Ban 103/2 in 26 overs (M Haque 77 n.o.,M Ayub 21 n.o.,T Boult 1/5,D Bracewell 1/25)
Federer crashes out
* Roger Federer crashed out of the Shanghai Masters today at the hands of flamboyant Frenchman Gael Monfils another damaging defeat in a miserable season for the Swiss great. Monfils went toe-to-toe with the 17-time Grand Slam champion during a feast of attacking tennis,eventually emerging on top 6-4,6-7 (5/7),6-3. After trading sets and with both players sticking to a plan of all-out attack,Monfils grabbed the initiative,breaking to take a 3-1 lead and managed to save the break points that Federer carved out before he went on to seal the match.
HC stays BAIs Jwala ban order
* THE Delhi High Court today asked Badminton Association of India (BAI) to allow ace Indian shuttler Jwala Gutta to participate in upcoming tournaments till the disciplinary authority took a final decision on the issue of her alleged indiscipline. Justice V K Jain allowed Guttas plea and said,I am of the view that you (BAI) must allow her to play in the tournament. The two upcoming badminton tournaments in which Gutta was to participate are Denmark Open scheduled from October 15 to 20 and French Open from October 22 to 27. The BAI had yesterday withdrawn Gutta and her partner Ashwini Ponnappa from the Denmark Open.