Shakib's All-Round Performance Inspires Bangladesh

Bangladesh 245 (Mehrab Hossain jr. 83) & 184-8 (Shakib Al Hasan 71) v
New Zealand 171 (Vettori 55no, Shakib Al Hasan 7-36)

1st Test, Chittagong, day three

Shakib Al Hasan hit a patient half-century on day three of the opening Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand having earlier wrapped up New Zealand's first innings with figures of seven for 36.

After New Zealand conceded a first innings lead of 74, Shakib's 71 from 151 balls enabled Bangladesh to stretch their lead to 258 by stumps.

Wickets tumbled in the morning session as Shakib finished off New Zealand's innings to end with seven wickets but Bangladesh then lost four quick wickets of their own to leave the match in the balance.

At lunch, after New Zealand were bowled out for 171, Bangladesh were on 49 for four and by tea they had reached 111 for five.

After captain Vettori, unbeaten overnight on 49, passed his century, left-armer Shakib ended the innings by having Iain O'Brien bowled for five.

Bangladesh then lost the wickets of Zunaid Siddique (six), Rajin Saleh (six), Mohammad Ashraful (nought) and Mehrab Hossain junior (six) in a 21-over spell before the break.

Tamim Iqbal made a patient 33 before he was caught and bowled by Daniel Vettori and his dismissal brought together Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib, who added 56 for the sixth wicket before Mushfiqur was bowled by Iain O'Brien for 32.

Shakib then found a useful ally in debutant Naeem Islam, who scored 19 from 70 balls in helping Shakib add 54 runs for the seventh wicket.

Vettori struck with a late double blow to remove both batsmen, Shakib caught by Ross Taylor and Islam trapped in front.

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