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Wagner succeeded with his short ball tactics and picked up two vital wickets

Neil Wagner struck twice on the brink of Lunch break to lift New Zealand on Day 3 of their second Test against Bangladesh in Wellington. For Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal cracked a fine unbeaten fifty as the visitors ended the session at 127 for 3.

After the first two days were washed out, rain finally relented on Day 3 as Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl. However, on a track with a good covering of grass, Tamim cut, drove and pulled the able duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult to give the tourists a solid start.

The southpaw opener showed his intent in the first over of the innings with a crunchy drive wide of cover. In the sixth over, he cracked a couple more shots to the boundary hoardings to frustrate the home side. Shadman Islam also collected a few boundaries to keep the scorecard ticking over.

Meanwhile, both Southee and Boult were below par with the ball in their respective first spells. On occasions, the duo extracted enough nip off the surface to trouble the openers, but struggled for control. The pair also found little swing.

It was Matt Henry, arguably the best seamer in the morning session, who found enough movement off the pitch to put some pressure on Shadman and Tamim. Colin de Grandhomme also bowled with good discipline at the other end and eventually, was rewarded with the scalp of Shadman. The left-handed batsman played with hard hands and could only edge it to the slip cordon.

Despite losing his batting partner, Tamim continued to play with authority and soon reached his fifty by steering Henry to backward point for a single. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, they yet again couldn't find an answer to navigate through the short ball tactics of Wagner as they lost both Mominul Haque and Mohammad Mithun before the break.

After overturning a caught behind decision, Mominul was dismissed the very next ball when he eked out an edge to the 'keeper. During the last over of the morning session, Mithun too was adjudged caught behind. However, just like Mominul, he also placed his belief in the review and replays suggested it had taken the arm guard and the decision was rightly reversed.

Mithun, though, couldn't survive for much longer as the very next delivery he eked out an inside to BJ Watling behind the stumps. Both Mominul and Mithun were unsure of whether to take evasive action or employ the pull shot against Wagner's short deliveries and paid the price. The duo also stayed leg side of the ball.

After finding themselves in a strong position at 119 for 1, Bangladesh would be disappointed to finish the session three down.

Brief scores: Bangladesh 127/3 (Tamim Iqbal 72*; Neil Wagner 2-12) vs New Zealand

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