BAN vs NZ 1st Test Day 1 2023 Highlights: A decent show by the hosts

After the events of the 2023 World Cup tournament, the BAN vs NZ 1st Test Day 1 2023, has concluded successfully with the hosts posting a decent total of 310-9 in 85 overs.

The first clash between these both teams after CWC 2023, begins their campaign for the World Test Championship.

Also, international test cricket has begun after a long gap, since the teams were busy preparing for the CWC 2023 tournament.

Though the ball turned up by posing tough challenges to Bangladesh, the hosts put up a decent show.

Glenn Phillips’s exceptional performance restricted Bangladesh from reaching a huge total.

BAN vs NZ 1st Test Day 1 2023 Highlights: Decision after winning the toss

Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto marked his test captaincy debut with this match at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.

The Bangladesh captain opted to bat first on a batting-friendly pitch at this venue.

BAN vs NZ 1st Test Day 1 2023 Highlights: Bangladesh Batting

Bangladesh opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy was the top scorer for his team. Mahmudul Hasan stitched a crucial 182 runs partnership with these three batsmen:

  1. Zakir Hasan( 12 runs from 41 balls- including 1 four): Dismissed by Ajaz Patel at 39-1 in 12.3 overs
  2. Najmul Hossain Shanto (37 runs from 35 balls- including 2 fours and 3 sixes): Dismissed by Glenn Philips  at 92-2 in 24.2 overs
  3. Mominul Haque ( 37 runs from 78 balls including 4 fours): Dismissed by Glenn Philips at 180-3 in 52.5 overs overs

By maintaining these partnerships Mahmudul Hasan Joy, delivered a top-scoring knock of 86 runs from 166 balls( including 11 fours).

The Bangladesh batsmen were perfectly set at 182-3 in 53.2 overs, to accelerate the innings and drive their team towards a high total.

Ish Sodhi grabbed the crucial wicket of Mahmudul Hasan Joy and began the game-changing moments for his team.

Moreover, Glenn Philips bowled for the first time in test matches. Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto and Mominul Haque fell into the trap of a new bowler by gifting their wicket.

After Mahmudul Hasan’s dismissal, the middle-order batsmen struggled and departed with these low scores by facing many dot balls:

  1. Mushfiqur Rahim ( 12 runs from 22 balls- including 1 four): Dismissed by Ajaz Patel at 210-5 in 60.3 overs
  2. Shahadat Hossain ( 24 runs from 54 balls- including 3 fours): Dismissed by Glenn Philips at 261-7 in 72.6 overs

Mushfiqur Rahim’s dismissal made Shahadat Hossain sustain the fierce bowling attack of the Black Caps by attaching a 51-run partnership between Mehidy Hasan Miraz and  Nurul Hasan.

BAN vs NZ 1st Test Day 1 2023 Highlights: Final Session

As the final session began, the pitch conditions began to deteriorate by witnessing the quick fall wickets of the hosts. Despite scoring fast and thick runs, these Bangladesh batsmen couldn’t convert them into a long-lasting partnership:

  1. Mehidy Hasan Miraz ( 20 runs from 30 balls- including 2 fours): Dismissed by Kyle Jamieson at 233-6 in 67.5 overs.
  2. Nurul Hasan ( 29 runs from 28 balls- including 5 fours): Dismissed by Glenn Philips at 276-8 in 78.3 overs

At a certain stage, the Black Caps were successful in restricting Bangladesh to 233-6 after Mehidy Hasan’s dismissal.

New Zealand bowlers were aiming to wrap up the innings for less than 270 to 280 runs.

The tail-enders added a completing 37 runs before the umpire declared stumps due to poor light conditions. These crucial runs helped Bangladesh cross the 300-run milestone:

  1. Nayeem Hasan: 16 runs from 27 balls( including 3 fours)
  2. Taijul Islam: 8 runs from 21 balls ( including 1 four)
  3. Shoriful Islam: 13 runs from 9 balls ( including 3 fours)

As a result, Bangladesh overcame the tough bowling conditions to post a total of 310-9 in 85 overs at the end of Day 1.

BAN vs NZ 1st Test Day 1 2023 Highlights: New Zealand Bowlers dominating performance

The New Zealand bowlers restricted Bangladesh from reaching a total above 400 runs with these best performances:

  1. Glenn Phillips: 53-4 in 16 overs ( includes a maiden over)
  2. Kyle Jamieson: 52-2 in 17 overs ( includes 5 maiden overs)
  3. Ajaz Patel: 76-2 in 24 overs ( includes a maiden over)
  4. Tim Southee: 43-0 in 14 overs ( includes 2 maiden overs)
  5. Ish Sodhi: 71-1 in 14 overs ( includes a maiden over)

New Zealand skipper Tim Southee wasn’t able to take a single wicket of the Bangladesh batsmen on Day 1. There are possibilities for Tim Southee to wrap up Bangladesh’s 1st innings by taking a wicket on Day 2.

Bangladesh would be aiming to reach around 330 to 350 runs on Day 2. But, it is highly impossible for Shoriful Islam and Taijul Islam to retain their wicket without any proper experience with the bat.

Can Bangladesh tail-enders enhance their team’s total on Day 2?

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Is it possible for Tim Southee to take the first wicket of the match by wrapping up Bangladesh’s innings to 310 runs?

Can New Zealand Batsmen lead their 1st innings with a huge margin by easily chasing the target?

The answers to the above questions will be witnessed on the 2nd Day of the Test Match between Bangladesh and New Zealand on 29th November 2023…