An opening pair of 23 runs will not look like much. However, Zakir Hasan and Zakir Hasan played 73 balls to get these 23 runs. At the start of the second innings, the two openers did the tough job of spending time at the crease. The innings had to be extended. But it didn’t happen anymore. As in the first innings, Zakir was dismissed by left-arm spinner Ejaz Patel. Then Mahmudul was run out. Both were dismissed at the start of the second session, just 3 runs apart.
Nazmul Hossain and Muminul Haque, who have just come to the crease, have to start anew after a couple of injuries. Both did that on every attack. The two played 141 balls together and added 85 runs. At the end of the second session, Bangladesh scored 111 runs for 2 wickets. Nazmul scored 48 runs in 92 balls. Muminul scored 38 runs off 60 balls. Courtesy of the two, Bangladesh’s lead is now 104 runs.
Spin was New Zealand’s main weapon of attack in the second session. Muminul drives, cuts, Nazmul sweeps the Kiwis. At one stage both had strike rates in the 80s. As the end of the second session drew near, both played Roysoy.
Earlier in the session, in the 14th over of the innings, Zakir was bowled lbw by Ejaz’s off-stump with perfect turn. Zakir, who scored 17 runs off 30 balls, broke the opening pair for 23 runs.
Mahmudul got an unfortunate run out after one over. Nazmul’s straight drive followed through, and Southi ran out Mahmudul who was on non-strike by touching his hand. That ended the 46-ball 8-run innings of victory.