Saturday 5 January 2008 

Stirring Opening Stand Keeps Bangladesh In The Game

Bangladesh 137 (Tamim 53) & 148-0 (Tamim 72no, Junaid 69no) v
New Zealand 357 (Oram 117, Bell 107) in Dunedin


An unbroken second innings opening partnership of 148 between Junaid Siddique and Tamim Iqbal stunned New Zealand on day two of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dunedin. After centuries from Matthew Bell and Jacob Oram, New Zealand were well ahead but half-centuries from the young debutants swung the match back in the balance by the close.

Bell marked his comeback with a fluent 107 while Oram hit an aggressive 117. A good bowling performance from Bangladesh saw Dan Vettori the next best batsman with 32. Mashrafe Mortaza picked up four for 74 with captain Mohammad Ashraful picking up the key wicket of Bell and that of Brendon McCullum with his leg spin.

Facing a deficit having been bowled out for 137 first time round, Tamim and Junaid played solid knocks, with Tamim unbeaten on 72 and Junaid on 69. They are still short of avoiding an innings victory, but the improved batting performance from the pair means they still retain an outside shot at a first overseas Test win.

� Cricket World 2008