Published: Mon, March 04, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Hamilton Test: Valiant centuries from Soumya, Mahmudullah can’t stave off defeat

Hamilton Test: Valiant centuries from Soumya, Mahmudullah can’t stave off defeat

The Bangladesh fight back was reminiscent of the partnership between Angelo Mathews (120) and Kusal Mendis (141) in December when they shared a 274-run stand, batting out an entire day before rain washed out the final day at Basin Reserve.

The captain gone, Bangladesh's entertaining resistance ended with a whimper on 429 all out when Ebadat Hossain went for a duck, caught behind edging Southee to BJ Watling, who passed Adam Parore as the New Zealand wicketkeeper with the most dismissals to his name.

But New Zealand's persistence with the tactic, which was also taken up by the seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee, failed as Soumya and Mahmudullah batted with restraint throughout the session.

The Black Caps gained total control of the opening match in Hamilton after Kane Williamson's double century of 200 not out allowed the hosts to post a mammoth 715-6 declared in their first innings.

As Williamson became the first New Zealander to 20 test centuries, faultlessly offering no chances on the day, his batting partners cashed in as records continue to tumble.

"But it was great that we were able to stick together for a long period of time, break that partnership which was brilliant for them and then take the rest of the wickets in that middle session".

"We were focusing on not giving away wickets easily".

Soumya had his century before lunch, achieving the milestone from only 94 balls to match Tamim Iqbal's record for the fastest century by a Bangladesh Test player. Mahmudullah reached his century after lunch from a relatively sedate 183 balls, though he hit 16 fours and a six.

The match had belonged to New Zealand long before they declared their first innings at a colossal 715 for six but Soumya and Mahmudullah were determined to make crossing the finish line hard for the hosts.

Ultimately, however, the 481-run first-innings deficit was too much for Soumya and Mahmudullah. In a first hour full of bouncers from Neil Wagner and Trent Boult, both left-armers changing their angle of attack frequently, Soumya kept stepping back and across and kept hooking, ignoring the leg-side boundary riders.

The remaining five wickets lasted only 18 overs.

After seeing the Tigers to the end of Day 3, the two began Day 4 with New Zealand leading by 307 runs.

They could not quite pull off the miracle of denying New Zealand victory, but they delayed it significantly with a rousing, counterattacking stand of 235 for the fifth wicket.

The second match of the three-test series starts in Wellington on Friday.

UMPIRES: N.J. Llong (England) and P.R. Reiffel (Australia).

BOWLING: Boult 28-3-123-5 (4w); Southee 24-4-98-3; de Grandhomme 10-1-33-0; Wagner 24-4-104-2 (2w); Astle 15-3-58-0; Williamson 2-0-13-0.

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