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Sarkar and Mahmudullah shared a 235-run stand for the fifth wicket

After all the hard work by Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah against New Zealand's short-ball ploy, the hosts hit back with the second new ball to secure an innings victory on Day 4 of the the first Test in Hamilton on Sunday (March 3). Sarkar and Mahmudullah ensured a wicket-less first session and added 235 for the fifth wicket. However, Boult used the new cherry to good effect post lunch, picking up a five-wicket haul to bowl New Zealand to a win by and innings and 52 runs.

The positive batting from Bangladesh, which was the feature of the first session, was on display again post lunch as Mahmudullah took a liking to Colin de Grandhomme, dealing in boundaries to extend the partnership past 200. But there was another testing period for the fifth wicket pair when New Zealand opted for the second new ball as soon as it was available. Boult, who was moving the ball both ways, went past the edge of Sarkar's bat on a few occasions. Sarkar was also tested by full deliveries from Southee. But the batsman also managed boundaries through the cover region, taking the fight back to the New Zealand bowlers.

However, Sarkar's fight against the second new ball ended when he was bowled by Boult after missing a flick, ending what was Bangladesh third-best fifth wicket stand. Mahmudullah, meanwhile, continued unperturbed as he took on Southee's full and short deliveries for two successive fours to register his fifth Test ton. But Bangladesh suffered another setback as Liton Das chased a Boult delivery outside off and although he looked to leave it in the end, he ended up chopping it on to the stumps. With Mehidy Hasan failing in his attempt to take on a short delivery from Wagner, Mahmudullah was left to bat with the tail.

Mahmudullah wasn't through with his fight as he struck two sixes and a four in an over off Wagner before scoring two back-to-back fours off Boult. Abu Jayed was doing his best to survive at the other end, with his skipper providing constant encouragement. But he was out after facing 19 deliveries, bowled by a straight one from Boult who bagged his fifth wicket with the dismissal. Mahmudullah managed to force the game into the final session of Day 4, having brought up his career-best score in Tests. However, he fell early in the post-tea session, getting out to Southee who also accounted for Ebadat Hossain to end the innings with a three-wicket haul.

Earlier, the short-ball barrage, which tested Sarkar and Mahmudullah late on Day 3, continued into the fourth morning as Wagner and Boult came hard at the Bangladesh fifth wicket pair. But Sarkar didn't hesitate to take them on, pulling Boult for a couple of sixes. At the other end, Mahmudullah was hanging back and waiting for the short balls which he handled well. Although he was jumping, ducking, weaving and pulling, with his technique looking ungainly, the Bangladesh captain was effective in preventing New Zealand from picking up any wicket.

Having seen off a 12-over spell in tandem for Boult and Wagner, Sarkar and Mahmudullah batted confidently against the legspin of Todd Astle, scoring a couple of sixes. Southee also went for a few as Sarkar reached three-figures for the first time in Test cricket, getting there off 94 deliveries to make it the joint fastest hundred for Bangladesh. Mahmudullah went past fifty, adding to the frustration of the New Zealand bowlers as Bangladesh managed 136 runs in the session in 29 overs.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 234 (Tamim Iqbal 126; Neil Wagner 5-47) & 429 (Soumya Sarkar 149, Mahmudullah 146; Trent Boult 5-123) lost to New Zealand 715/6 decl. (Kane Williamson 200*, Tom Latham 161, Jeet Raval 132; Soumya Sarkar 2-68) by an innings & 52 runs.

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