1st Test, Day 2, Sylhet: Bangladesh 310 Vs New Zealand 266-8 (Kane Williamson 104, Glenn Phillips 42, Daryl Mitchell 41; Taijul Islam 4-89). Click Here For full scoreboard.
There is no guarantee as to how long Kane Williamson will bat for New Zealand in Test cricket.
But on Wednesday in Bangladesh, the country’s biggest run-scorer in the history of the red-ball international game batted long enough to create another personal milestone and prevent the Black Caps from falling far behind the hosts in Sylhet. Gave.
Williamson became the first New Zealand player to score centuries in four consecutive Tests, and the second player after Andrew Jones to score three centuries in consecutive Test innings.
Williamson was out for 104 soon after Bangladesh took the second new ball and the Black Caps reached stumps at 266-8. On the very first ball of the day, New Zealand captain Tim Southee bowled out Bangladesh for 310 runs through DRS.
His 29th century is 10 more than the next best on the Test list for New Zealand (Ross Taylor) and puts him tied with Don Bradman and Virat Kohli for 16th in Test history across all nations.
Williamson has praised Bangladeshi bowling throughout his Test career, and while Wednesday’s performance was tough, he now has 787 runs at an average of 112.42 from nine innings against his current rival.
The hosts will still regret missing a number of chances which, had they been taken, would have put them significantly on top in a fascinating contest with three days to play.
Just when it seemed Williamson was the only player to keep his composure among a home side excited by the prospect of taking a significant first innings lead, he faced disaster for a few minutes.
On 63, he fell victim to a strong LBW appeal against offspinner Nayeem Hasan. Williamson was given not out, Bangladesh chose not to review and while TV replays indicated that the ball may have collected part of the leg stump, he remained not out.
In the same over, after almost deflecting a catch at leg slip from his gloves, Williamson hit it down the leg side in unfamiliar fashion, where Taijul Islam missed an easy chance to his right at midwicket.
When he was on 70, he allowed Shoriful Islam to be caught in the outfield off Naeem’s bowling and narrowly escaped being stumped on 98, thanks to the rubber on the sole of his right boot.
Williamson missed five Tests from December 2021 to the end of February 2022 due to an elbow injury, and a knee injury in the opening game of the 2023 IPL season kept him out for seven months before returning in the third game of the ODI World Cup. given. Cup in India last month.
Nevertheless, he missed the next four games when a ball thrown from the outfield while attempting to rub broke his left thumb.
One of the world’s best players of spin, the 33-year-old was severely tested during his 205-ball innings, but his footwork and shot selection were very good. Rare loose balls were punished for boundaries, mostly through offside, as he hit 11 fours.
Like the hosts on the first day, New Zealand’s batsmen also got off to a good start, but only Williamson could play a big innings.
Henry Nicholls, always under scrutiny, surprisingly fell to Shoriful for 19 after looking strong against spin along with the former captain, following a bold and brilliant move by new Bangladesh captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto. The fast bowler was brought back on the turning track.
Shanto failed to review an edge to Daryl Mitchell’s outside slash when he was on four and TV replays showed a thin edge.
When the tourists looked comfortable taking a first innings lead, Mitchell edged Taijul behind the wicket on 41, but his loose approach brought the ball home for the left-arm spinner as keeper Nussul Hasan effected the stumping. Did. After number 5 added 66 runs with Williamson.
Phillips contributed his four wickets with 42 runs from 62 balls and added 78 runs for the sixth wicket, before part-time spinner Mominul Haq proved another inspirational bowling change for Shanto, as three late wickets ensured That Bangladesh should end the day holding on. the upper hand.
There were worrying signs for the visiting batsmen on Tuesday itself, when Phillips took four wickets with his offspinners in his first bowling in Test cricket.
On the second day, Bangladesh’s spinners were more demanding than their New Zealand counterparts as cracks began to appear on the Sylhet pitch with dirt and dangerous turn.
On the third day, the Black Caps’ turners will have to do better than that to avoid defeat.