January 16, 2022

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Mushfiqur, Mahmudul warm up with half centuries

Mushfiqur, Mahmudul warm up with half centuries

Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudul Hasan Joy hit fifties in the two-day practice match against New Zealand XI before the match predictably ended in a draw at Mount Maunganui on Wednesday, reports BSS.

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Mushfiqur and opener Joy struck identical 66 as Bangladesh reached 269-8 at stumps after New Zealand XI declared their innings at 146-7.

But while Joy made the most use of his chance, his opening partner Shadman Islam was out for duck. Najmul Hossain Shanto who batted at no.3 position scored 27.

Captain Mominul Haque also failed to warm up well after scoring just 9. Joy hammered 11 boundaries in his 131-ball innings and held the one end amid the top order wobble.

He and Mushfiqur shared 44-run partnership before Joy was dismissed. Mushfiqur then added further 74-run with Liton Das for the fifth wicket stand. Liton scored 41 off 68 with seven fours.

Mushfiqur clobbered seven fours and one six for his 66 off 91. Yasir Ali made 21 while Mehidy Hasan Miraz was not out on 20.

Miraz, earlier, picked up 2-14 to complement pacers Abu Jayed and Taskin Ahmed, who gave local batters a torrid period. Abu Jayed ended with 3-36 and Taskin who didn’t bowl on the final day, finished with overnight 2-26.

Jakob Bhula was the top-scorer for New Zealand XI with 57 while Ma’ara Ave made 33.

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Bangladesh will play the first Test against New Zealand in Mount Manganui, starting from 1 January. The second Test is in Christchurch from 9-13 January.