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Shakib makes hay at the Basin

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/01/2017 Dave Williams

Shakib Al Hasan raises his bat alongside fellow centurion Mushfiqur Rahim. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Shakib Al Hasan raises his bat alongside fellow centurion Mushfiqur Rahim. Bangladesh batsmen Shakib Al Hasan, with a double ton, and Mushfiqur Rahim have mown down a host of records as they made hay in the Wellington sunshine, flaying the Kiwi bowlers around the Basin Reserve.

Shakib's flying 217, achieved on the second day of the first Test, is the highest Test score by a Bangladesh batsman, beating Tamim Iqbal's 206, which stood for nearly two years.

The 29-year-old, in his 45th Test, got a surprise when he surpassed his team-mate.


"I thought his score was 214 not 206, but when I ran that single and I saw Tamim was clapping I thought OK, it's the highest," he said after the day's play.

He admitted it was one of his proudest days for Bangladesh.

"It was important for me to play for the team and myself as well. I am happy I could do that."

Equally happy was skipper Mushfiqur (159), whose fifth-wicket stand of 359 with Shakib set a Bangladesh record for all wickets.

It came after the tourists were beaten in six ODIs and Twenty20s before the Test.

"At this stage it is really satisfying to have a partnership like this and put up a good total," Mushfiqur said.

"After we lose the ODI and Twenty20 series we were under tremendous pressure to show something, to show our skills because everyone thought this team can't play a Test overseas .

"That's a big call for us and the boys really stood up."

After Shakib and Mushfiqur fell they also lost Mehedi Hasan for a duck on the last ball of the day.

The tourists were 542-7 at stumps after being asked to bat on a greenish looking pitch on the first day, which was cut short by rain. They scored 388 runs on day two at four an over.

Tim Southee has lamented the lack of pressure applied by the Black Caps on day two at the Basin. © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Tim Southee has lamented the lack of pressure applied by the Black Caps on day two at the Basin. Black Caps bowler Tim Southee says his side just couldn't keep the pressure on Bangladesh.

"They've come out after losing the toss and they've played in an aggressive manner and when we've missed they've put us away.

"That's where I think the credit's got to go to Bangladesh, that they haven't just let us bowl."

Shakib said he batted much of the day with a sore ankle, after being hit by a Southee throw at the stumps on his follow-through.

The ball went nowhere near the stumps and hit the batsman.

Shakib wasn't concerned by it and Southee said it wasn't intentional.

"Unfortunately it hit him... you sort of go to throw and try to hold on it and it can come out anywhere."

For the Kiwis, Southee finished with figures of 2-144, Trent Boult 2-121, Neil Wagner 3-124, Colin de Grandhomme 0-65, Mitchell Santner 0-60 and Kane Williamson 0-20.


* Shakib's 217 is Bangladesh's highest Test score.

* Mushfiqur and Shakib's 359-run partnership for the fifth wicket is Bangladesh's highest partnership for any wicket against any country, beating the 312 set by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes against Pakistan in 2015.

* Highest fifth wicket partnership on New Zealand soil by any country, beating the 258 Pakistan's Inzamam Ul Haq and Saleem Malik set in 1994.

* The fourth-highest fifth-wicket partnership for all countries.

* The 542-7 is Bangladesh's fourth-highest total

* The first time they have passed 400 after being asked to bat first

* It is also their highest score against New Zealand, topping the 501 at Chittagong in 2013.

* Tim Southee's 2-144 was his second most expensive figures after 2-162 at Lord's in 2015.

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