Haque century sees Bangladesh nose ahead of NZ

Mominul remained unbeaten to score 126 off 225 balls.

Written by Associated Press | Mirpur | Published: October 25, 2013 2:26 am

Mominul Haque smashed his second Test century to help Bangladesh cruise to 269 for 3 and took a 114-run lead over New Zealand at stumps on the fourth day of the second Test on Thursday.

Mominul remained unbeaten to score 126 off 225 balls that included 16 boundaries,while Tamim Iqbal contributed 70 before he was out.

Shakib Al Hasan was not out on 32 at the end of the day.

After New Zealand was dismissed for 437 runs with a 155-run lead over Bangladesh,the hosts lost Anamul Haque for 22 and Marshall Ayub for 9.

Neil Wagner returned 2 for 52 and Kane Williamson took 1 for 44.

Mominul was untroubled though he gave a chance in an otherwise a pretty organised innings when he edged Doug Bracewell on 122. But Ross Taylor in the first slip failed to grab the opportunity.

He and Tamim added 157 runs to set a new record for Bangladesh for the third wicket stand,going past the previous mark of 103 made by Mohammad Ashraful and Javed Omar against Pakistan in 2003 in Peshawar.

Tamim had to go after he attempted to cut a delivery off Williamson. Taylor in first slip took the catch sharply to end his five-and-a-half hours of standing.

The left-handed batsman abandoned his natural attacking instinct to face 218 balls that included just four boundaries.

Tamim said his slow pace that was part of the game plan.

“We had decided to not lose too many wickets,so I went very slow,” he told reporters. “We would try to build a big total and wish to bat until lunch tomorrow so that we can send New Zealand to bat.”

After New Zealand was dismissed for 437 runs with a 155-run lead over Bangladesh,the hosts lost Anamul Haque for 22 and Marshall Ayub for 9 earlier. Tamim was the final man for the day to go.

Earlier in the second session,the hosts added 86 runs after resuming on 87 for 2 after lunch. For Bangladesh,Shakib Al Hasan returned 5 for 103 and Razzak took 2 for 96. Wagner,who claimed five wickets in the first innings,took both early Bangladesh wickets.

In the first session,New Zealand lost its two remaining wickets for the addition of 18 runs after resuming on overnight score of 419 for 8. BJ Watling remained unbeaten on 70,while Ish Sodhi was run out on 58 and Trent Boult was trapped lbw by Abdur Razzak for 4.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 1st innings: 282 & 269 for 3 in 89 ovs (M Haque 126 batting,T Iqbal 70; N Wagner 2/52) vs New Zealand 437 in 140 overs (C Anderson 116,BJ Watling 70 not out; S Al Hasan 5/103)

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