Guptill And McCullum Rescue New Zealand
New Zealand 258-5 (Guptill 80no, McCullum 58no) v Bangladesh
Only Test, Hamilton, day one
New Zealand reached stumps on day one of their only Test against Bangladesh on 258 for five, indebted to unbeaten half-centuries by Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum which steered them out of danger at 158 for five when Daniel Vettori was dismissed.
Guptill was on 80 at stumps alongside McCullum on 58, the pair putting on exactly 100 for the unbroken sixth wicket to ensure that the honours were shared although up until their partnership, Bangladesh were threatening to take control.
They won the toss and chose to field and quickly got a look at debutant Peter Ingram when Tim McIntosh was caught by Imrul Kayes off Shafiul Islam for seven. BJ Watling then fell for 13 but Ingram tore into the bowling, hitting five fours and a six on his way to a belligerent 42 in 47 balls.
However, his dismissal, Rubel Hossain's second wicket, left the Black Caps at 66 for three before their first substantial partnership of the day saw Ross Taylor (40) add 60 with Guptill for the fourth wicket until Taylor became Rubel's third victim, caught by wicket-keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
Daniel Vettori made just ten before he was stumped off his opposite number Shakib Al Hasan but as Bangladesh sensed a chance to get on top of proceedings, Guptill, who faced 154 balls, and McCullum, who played out 71, saw to it that New Zealand remained on course for a competitive first-innings score.
Rubel finished the day with three for 86.
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