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Liton, Mominul move Bangladesh past New Zealand total in first Test

Replying to the hosts’ first innings score of 328, four of the top
six Bangladesh batsmen registered half-centuries.

Mehidy Hasan was batting on 20 at stumps with Yasir Ali on 11
after Bangladesh added 226 runs to their overnight score losing four wickets.

Overnight batsman Mahmudul Hasan (78) was the first of the four to
fall after Bangladesh had resumed on 175-2 at the Bay Oval against the world
Test champions. Neil Wagner got him caught at gully for his third wicket in the
match.

Mominul (88) capitalised on two reprieves early in his knock.
First Kyle Jamieson spilled a return catch before Wagner was found to have
bowled a no-ball after Mominul was caught behind.

Trent Boult (3-61) bowled Mushfiqur Rahim for 12 but Mominul and
Liton combined in a 158-run stand to deny New Zealand any success in the middle
session.

Boult eventually dismissed Mominul lbw. The batsman reviewed the
decision but it was upheld after replays confirmed the ball would have hit the
middle stump.

Liton (86) too fell short of his hundred, slashing at a Boult
delivery outside the off-stump and offering an edge to wicketkeeper Tom
Blundell.

“They played really, really well. They made us come back and
bowl spell after spell,” Boult told reporters.

“The wicket is obviously a pretty good one, but we hung in
there. I suppose the game did not advance too much.

“To get a couple of wickets in the end was nice. Another big
day tomorrow.”

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