Talha Kamal
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal’s brilliant knock of 126 went in vain as the Kiwis have the upper hand over Bangladesh after day 1 of first Test match at Hamilton yesterday. Despite Tamim’s heroic 126, New Zealand claimed the first-day honours when they reached stumps at 86/0 in reply to Bangladesh’s 234.
Tamim hit his ninth Test century and was the lone fighter for Bangladesh as Tigers saw yet another batting debacle. Tamim’s 128-ball 126 included a staggering 21 fours and 1 maximum. The others batsmen managed only 108-run from team’s total of 234. They have lost the last nine wickets in 122 runs. Credit goes to New Zealand’s pace-man Neil Wagner, who finished with a five-wicket haul as kiwis ripped through the Tigers tail.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. Bangladesh started in a decent manner as openers Tamim Iqbal and Shadman Islam crossed 50-run mark without losing any wicket before Shadman’s stumps were rattled by Trent Boult, leaving Bangladesh at 57/1 after 10.2 overs. Tamim continued to show his capabilities against the quality pace attack in spite of losing his partner. Tamim and Mominul Haque brought up another half-century stand in the second wicket.
Bangladesh lost the second wicket when Wagner struck to take the wicket of Mominul. Bangladesh were 122/2 at lunch of the day one of the first Test. Tamim was unbeaten for 86 at the time. Tamim brought up his ninth test century after launch when he pulled a short delivery from Wagner in front of square for his 18th boundary. After launch session the batting debacle took place.
Once Tamim was dismissed for 126, which left the visitors at 180/5, only stand-in captain Mahmudullah (22) and wicketkeeper Liton Das, who was last man out for 29, provided any resistance to Wagner and Southee’s short-pitched barrage as Bangladesh were all out for 234. Wagner was the peak of Kiwi bowlers as he finished with figures of 47/5 in 16.2 overs. Tim Southee was another bowler who wrecked havoc in Bangladesh batting lineup as he finished with figures of 76/3 in 14 overs.

New Zealand had an anxious moment at the start of their reply when pacer Ebadat Hossain, on debut, saw his third ball in Test cricket fly from Tom Latham’s bat direct to second slip, but Soumya Sarkar spilled the straightforward chance.
From there, Tom Latham and Jeet Raval knuckled down to bat unruffled through to stumps with Raval unbeaten on 51, and Latham on 35.