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Tamim Iqbal's quick-fire knock helped Bangladesh to a positive start

Positive batting from Tamim Iqbal, who struck 15 boundaries, helped Bangladesh off to a good start in the first session on Day 1 of the first Test versus New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Thursday (February 28). The left-handed opener, who was the major contributor in half-century stands with Shadman Islam and Mominul Haque, was unbeaten on 86 off 85 to help the visitors to 122 for 2 at Lunch.

A greenish Seddon Park wicket might have enticed Kane Williamson in opting to bowl but there wasn't much help for the pacemen, with the Bangladesh openers beginning well. Tamim Iqbal scored as many as six fours in the first ten overs, confidently playing on the up on a few occasions with minimum movement off the pitch and in the air. Tim Southee, with his outside-off lines, was hoping for an outside edge but there weren't any as Tamim managed to put them away easily through the cover region.

Shadman provided solid support from the other end, showcasing good defence while also cashing in on short deliveries as the opening pair scored at a good rate to raise a half-century stand as early as the 10th over. However, a full delivery from Boult caused the downfall of Shadman, who played down the wrong line to be bowled for 24. Tamim, meanwhile, continued finding the boundaries, scoring three on the trot off Boult to register a 37-ball fifty, 40 of those runs coming in boundaries, as Bangladesh managed 80 in the first hour.

With the bowlers hardly troubling Tamim in the first session and hoping for a break, Colin de Grandhomme created the opportunity when he got the opener early into a drive, only to put down a simple catch off his own bowling. New Zealand persisted with their outside-off lines and Tamim continued to make merry with his cover drives as he powered Bangladesh past the 100-run mark in the 20th over.

Mominul mostly played second fiddle in the second wicket stand, with his cheeky six over third-man extending the partnership past 50. His sedate outing, however, came to an end when Neil Wagner decided to go around the wicket and employed short-ball tactics, getting the batsman to glove one to the 'keeper to end a 64-run stand just before the break.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 122/2 (Tamim Iqbal 86*, Shadman Islam 24; Neil Wagner 1-13) vs New Zealand.

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