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Bangladesh brush off Basin's breeze

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/01/2017 Dave Williams

Bangladesh were playing in winds they had never experienced but they managed to take honours on the first day of the first Test in Wellington.

After being asked to bat on Thursday on a green Basin Reserve pitch, the tourists breezed their way to 154-3 at stumps, on a day when less than 40 overs were possible because of rain interruptions.

Mominul Haque was unbeaten on 64 and Shakib Al Hasan five.

Mominul's 11th Test 50 included 10 fours and a wind-assisted six off a top-edged hook.

Opener Tamim Iqbal, who scored 56 off 50 balls in getting his side away quickly, was delighted at the score, with history suggesting most sides batting first in Wellington struggled to score runs.

There was something in the wicket, he said.

"I thought we handled the bowling quite well and we put the bad balls away."

However, Wellington's famous wind was something else. The Metservice said the peak gust in the capital hit 137km/h.

They had never played in such wind before and it felt like someone was pulling him from behind, he said after the day's play.

A number of times, they had to pull out before the ball was bowled or play stalled when the bails fell off.

New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner admitted it was Bangladesh's day after his side were unable to put the ball in the right areas for long periods.

"We sort of missed a little bit and we got hurt ... I thought all the Bangladeshis batted really well, they showed a lot of intent and they came out positive and put the bad ball away.

"We never really settled into a rhythm and into an area because of the way they batted."

He wouldn't blame the wind for putting them off their stride, and said the conditions and the stop-start nature of the day's play made it hard for the batsmen also.

Trent Boult finished with figures of 1-53, Tim Southee 1-45, Colin de Grandhomme 0-26 and Wagner 1-28.

New Zealand let slip a chance in the second-last over of the day when Shakib was dropped by Mitchell Santner off a full-blooded pull which bounced off the short midwicket's chest.

The wind provided almost as much entertainment as the cricket.

Bails were blown off, hats lost and the covers blew around like a handkerchief, dragging groundsmen with it.

It was strong enough to force the camera operators from their scaffolding gantry at the southern end, which ruled out any DRS decisions from that end, although none was requested.

The weather forecast for the next four days is far more positive, with only Sunday expecting any rain.

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