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Mominul feasts on Kiwi bowlers

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/01/2017

Bangladesh's Mominul Haque plays a shot during day one of the first Test cricket match match between New Zealand and Bangladesh. © MARTY MELVILLE/Getty Images Bangladesh's Mominul Haque plays a shot during day one of the first Test cricket match match between New Zealand and Bangladesh. Diminutive Bangladesh batsman Mominul Haque is showing a bigger man's appetite for New Zealand's bowlers.

The 25-year-old averages 51.66 from 19 Tests but his numbers against the Kiwis make that look paltry.

With his 64 not out on the first day of the first Test in Wellington, the left-hander, who stands 161cm tall and is among the shortest Test players, has scored 440 runs against the Black Caps in five innings.

The New Zealanders have dismissed him twice, for an average of 220.

His gorging on the Black Caps started in the drawn two-Test series in October 2013, when he registered 181 at Chittagong and then 126 not out at Dhaka.

Black Caps left-armer Neil Wagner acknowledged Mominul's record against his side after the day's play.

"I don't think much has changed from when I last played him in Dhaka," Wagner said.

"He's a pretty good batter and he showed a lot of patience and he obviously showed a lot of fight. He never really gave a chance and left balls well and played really well.

"Obviously, he loves batting against us so we are going to have to come harder against him tomorrow."

If Mominul is dismissed early on day two, his average against the Kiwis will plummet - to around 150.

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