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Cricket news - Wagner leads New Zealand fightback after Tamim ton

Wagner picked up four crucial wickets to dent Bangladesh

Bangladesh lost wickets at regular intervals in the post-lunch period of Day 1 of the first Test in Hamilton on Thursday (February 28) to squander the advantage that was set up by Tamim Iqbal's breezy ton. The left-handed opener struck a 128-ball 126, with his innings characterised by sumptuous drives. But he was also one of five batsmen to be dismissed in the second session, with Neil Wagner doing the bulk of the damage with his short deliveries, as Bangladesh slipped to 217 for 7 at Tea.

Tamim's love affair with the off-side boundary extended into the second session, with Tim Southee again feeling the brunt of his attack. Tamim also handled Neil Wagner's short-ball ploy well, bringing up his ninth Test ton with a authoritative pull. But Mohammad Mithun wasn't as good as Tamim with his execution, getting a top-edge via an attempted pull to give Wagner his second wicket. Southee also tasted some success, with Soumya Sarkar's casual attempt to leave the ball ended up in the batsman getting a glove through to the 'keeper.

Tamim, however, continued to hold the upper hand in his battles with Southee, taking on the short deliveries to score a six and two fours in an over. But his stay came to an end midway into the second session when he steered a Colin de Grandhomme delivery straight to Kane Williamson at gully. Mahmudullah and Liton Das managed to keep the bowlers at bay for a while before Wagner accounted for the Bangladesh skipper and Mehidy Hasan with short balls ahead of the tea interval.

Earlier, Williamson's decision to bowl first on a greenish Seddon Park track, didn't translate into early wickets with the pacemen not finding much help from the pitch. Tamim scored as many as six fours in the first ten overs, playing on the up on a few occasions with minimum movement off the pitch and in the air. 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 Islam provided solid support from the other end before he played down the wrong line to a full delivery from Trent Boult to be bowled for 24.

There was no stopping Tamim though, as he struck three fours on the trot off Boult to register a 37-ball fifty, with Bangladesh managing 80 in the first hour. De Grandhomme created an opportunity when he got the opener early into a drive, only to put down a simple catch off his own bowling. With New Zealand persisting with their outside-off lines, Tamim continued to make merry with his cover drives as he powered Bangladesh past 100 in the 20th over. Mominul mostly played second fiddle in the second wicket stand worth 64 before Wagner's short-ball tactics paid dividends as he got the No. 3 to glove one to the 'keeper just before the lunch break to lay the platform for New Zealand's fightback.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 217/7 (Tamim Iqbal 126, Shadman Islam 24; Neil Wagner 4-35) vs New Zealand.

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