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Day 4 of 5
New Zealand won by 121 runs.

New Zealand vs Bangladesh

Pair frustrate Black Caps

Mahmudullah and Shakib lead Bangladesh fightback

Mahmudullah: Hamilton century

A maiden Test century from Mohammad Mahmudullah and an aggressive fifty from Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan sparked a spirited fightback by the visitors in the one-off Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

But it was the controversial dismissal of Shakib that was a big talking point on day three at Seddon Park.

The Bangladesh skipper was just 13 runs shy of a maiden Test century when he was dismissed despite the ball appearing not to carry to New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum.

Surprisingly Shakib did not ask for a referral of Rob Tucker's decision and his departure ended a vital 145-run stand with Mahmudullah that helped lift their side to 408 all out in reply to New Zealand's 553 for seven declared.

Despite his captain's dismissal in the second over after tea and that of Shahadat Hossain (13) shortly afterwards, Mahmudullah remained composed to reach three figures for the first time in Test cricket with his 14th boundary of the innings.

He was eventually trapped leg before wicket by Daniel Vettori for 115 and two overs later Bangladesh's innings came to an end when a direct hit from Vettori had Rubel Hossain run out for nought.

Bad light

Play ended early again because of bad light with New Zealand having reached nine for one in their second innings, extending their lead to 154 runs.

But they lost BJ Watling (run out for one) in the process, leaving Tim McIntosh and Peter Ingram unbeaten on five and two respectively.

The first session of the day belonged to New Zealand as they ripped through the top order, taking five wickets to leave the tourists at 211 for six at lunch.

Tamim Iqbal (68), Junaid Siddique (21), Mohammad Ashraful (12), Aftab Ahmed (33) and Mushfiqur Rahim (seven) all departed with Daryl Tuffey getting two wickets and Vettori, Chris Martin and Tim Southee one apiece to leave Bangladesh in trouble.

But Shakib and Mahmudullah took to spin bowlers Vettori and Jeetan Patel in the middle session with the Bangladesh all-rounder hitting his opposite number for nine boundaries and taking another four off Patel as he moved to 82 by tea.

At the other end, Mahmudullah, who was unbeaten on 74 at the interval, was in a similarly aggressive mood as they piled on 125 runs in the session.

However, the visitors were not able to push on after tea as Martin (three for 116 off 25 overs) got the vital breakthrough early with the wickets of Shakib and Shahadat and then Vettori (three for 88 off 28.3) wrapped things up, dismissing Mahmudullah and Rubel.

Match Details

Date
14th - 19th Feb 2010
Toss
Venue
Hamilton
Umpires
R E Koertzen and R J Tucker

bangladesh BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Iqbal c Tuffey b Vettori 30
Kayes b Patel 29
Siddique b Martin 8
Aftab Ahmed run out 8
Ashraful lbw b Vettori 2
Al Hasan b Southee 100
Rahim c McIntosh b Tuffey 22
Mahmuddal c Tuffey b Patel 42
S Hossain not out 17
Islam c McCullum b Southee 13
Hossain c McIntosh b Southee 0
Extras 6w, 4b, 1lb 11
Total All out, 76.0 Overs 282
Full Batting Card

new zealand BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Martin 12 1 48 1
Southee 11 4 41 3
Vettori 24 6 80 2
Tuffey 12 5 33 1
Patel 17 2 75 2
Full Bowling Card