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Record 349-run stand between Shakib and Rahim powers Bangladesh to 542 for seven

Shakib Al Hasan slammed his maiden Test double century in Wellington
Shakib Al Hasan slammed his maiden Test double century in Wellington

Bangladesh 542-7 (Shakib 217) v New Zealand
First Test, Wellington, day two

Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim recorded the highest partnership for Bangladesh for any wicket with a massive 359-run stand as the visitors posted 542 for seven at stumps on day two of the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington.

The partnership was also the highest for a visiting team in New Zealand and third highest overall in the country in Test cricket.

Bangladesh resumed the innings at 154 for three in 40.2 overs after most part of day one was washed out in rain.

A tentative start from the visitors saw them survive a run-out chance in the second ball of the innings. However, two overs later, Tim Southee (2-144) had Mominul Haque (64) caught behind.

In the 58th over, Jeet Raval dropped a tough chance at second slip for Rahim (159), who brought the 50-run stand with Shakib (217) off just 86 deliveries.

After battling out New Zealand bowlers, Shakib brought his 20th Test fifty in the 68th over and just at the stroke of lunch, Rahim reached his own half-century and Bangladesh ended the session at 269 for four. They added 115 runs in it losing the lonely wicket of Mominul.

The pair looked fairly confident in the second session and in the 79th over, Shakib completed 3,000 runs in Test cricket - the third Bangladesh player to do so after Habibul Bashar and Tamim Iqbal.

The second new ball provided more comfort to the duo as they smashed eight boundaries combined in the first five overs with it and soon they brought the highest partnership for Bangladesh for any wicket against New Zealand when they shared 163 runs.

Shakib survived a review from New Zealand in the 89th over bowled by Southee and in the next over completed his century, needing 150 deliveries for it. The pair scored five boundaries in the next four overs and took Bangladesh well past the 350-run mark.

Meanwhile, Rahim completed his century in the 97th over with a boundary. Bangladesh went into tea at 391 for four.

With three boundaries in the 103rd over from the duo, the visitors crossed the 400-run mark. Two overs later, BJ Watling almost pulled out a stunner to dismissed Shakib but replays suggested that he grassed the ball moments before holding on to that one.

The onslaught continued and this time Mitchell Santner (0-60) felt the pressure when Shakib smashed him for three more boundaries in the 111th over and also soon completed a 300-run stand with Rahim.

Rahim scored the first six of the partnership in the 115th over but was caught behind off Trent Boult (2-121) after completing his 150 just an over after Shakib reached his maiden double Test century.

The massive 359-run stand gave Bangladesh lot of fond memories and broke numerous records.

New Zealand made a brief comeback before stumps when Neil Wagner (3-124) removed both Shakib and Mehedi Hasan (0) as Bangladesh ended the day at 542 for seven in 136 overs.

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