Hasan provides edge to Bangladesh

Chittagong, October 18:

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan took a maiden five-wicket haul to help Bangladesh gain an upper hand over New Zealand on the second day of the opening Test here today.

Hasan took 6-31, leaving the tourists reeling at 155-9 after Daniel Vettori took five wickets to shoot Bangladesh out for 245 in the first innings. Vettori then held fort for the visitors as he went unbeaten on a pugnacious 48 with No 10 Jeetan Patel (0) falling in the last over of the day, leaving the tourists 90 runs behind.

Hasan had Jamie How (16) and debutant Jesse Ryder (one) out in successive overs, before trapping Aaron Redmond (19) to wrestle back the initiative for the home team. Hasan then got the prized wickets of Brendon McCullum (25) and Jacob Oram (nought) to leave New Zealand in tatters at 100-7 before Vettori and Kyle Mills put up some fight.

In between left-arm spin partner Abdur Razzak trapped Ross Taylor for 12. Daniel Flynn (19) and McCullum did try to take the attack to the bowlers but Flynn edged to wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim to give debutant Naeem Islam a wicket in his first over. Vettori and Mills (four) added 26 for the eighth wicket before Hasan struck again, forcing an edge off Mills.

Earlier, Vettori took three of the six wickets to fall in the space of just 57 runs to finish with 5-59, his 16th five-wicket haul. Vettori dismissed Rahim (79), Mashrafe Mortaza (0) and Razzak (11) after Bangladesh resumed at 183-4. Vettori was supported by paceman Iain O’Brien (3-36) and off-spinner Patel (2-67).

Bangladesh were pegged back from the start, losing Mehrab Hossain (83) to O’Brien in the fourth over of the day. Mehrab miscued a drive and was caught at short cover by Redmond. He hit 11 boundaries during his resolute 179-ball knock.

Mehrab and Rahim added an invaluable 144 for the fifth wicket. Rahim also added 41 for the sixth wicket with Islam (14) before Vettori dismissed him. Rahim struck 12 boundaries and a six during his 209-ball innings. The second Test starts in Dhaka from October 25.