Bangladesh gained the advantage on Day 3 of the ongoing first Test against New Zealand after a scintillating batting display in Mount Maunganui.
Opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy, batter Najmul Hossain Shanto, captain Mominul Haque, and wicketkeeper-batter Liton Das all shined with the bat to help Bangladesh to a historic first innings lead over Black Caps.
Mahmudul Hasan scored 78 off 228 balls, while Najmul made 64 from 109 deliveries before Neil Wagner dismissed both the batters. Soon Trent Boult removed Musfiqur Rahim to reduce the tourists at 203/4.
Then, captain Mominul and Liton paired up to take the team out of hot waters. The duo ended up forming a dominating 158 runs partnership for the fifth wicket to put the hosts on the backfoot. Boult broke the crucial stand by dismissing Mominul 12 short of the latter’s century. The left-arm pacer didn’t just stop there as he soon got rid of another set batter Liton for 86.
At stumps, Bangladesh reached 401/6 in reply to New Zealand’s 328, leading the hosts by 73 runs with Yasir Ali (11 no) and Medidy Haasan (20 no) at the crease.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Delighted to see that the promise seen in Liton Das is beginning to flower.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 3, 2022
Bangladesh has taken the first-innings lead…with six wickets still in hand. Quite an achievement. A little over two days of play left…could be an exciting Test match. #NZvBan
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 3, 2022
Test 400+ totals by visiting teams in last five years in New Zealand:
Bangladesh 🇧🇩 – 3 times
All other teams – 1 time#NZvBAN
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) January 3, 2022
What a gutsy and determined display by Bangladesh today! And everyone down the lineup seems to be contributing. What a great day for them! #NZvBAN
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) January 3, 2022
— Spark Sport (@sparknzsport) January 3, 2022
— Dan-yule Brettig 🎄 (@danbrettig) January 3, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) January 3, 2022
Incredible effort from Mominul (88) & Liton Das (86) as Bangladesh end Day 3 on 401-6, a lead of 73
Loving this fight front them, with both bat & ball#NZvBAN
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) January 3, 2022
Highest batting average by a visiting team in New Zealand in Tests in last 5 years :-
🇧🇩 : 32.6
🇿🇦 : 31.8
🏴 : 29.9
🇱🇰 : 28.4
🇵🇰 : 24.8
🏝 : 22.2
🇮🇳 : 18.0#NZvBAN
— Cricket StatsMan (@CricketStats47) January 3, 2022