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Bangladesh pile on runs in first NZ Test

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Dave Williams

Bangladesh batsmen Shakib Al Hasan, with a double century, and Mushfiqur Rahim have broken a host of records, flaying New Zealand's bowlers in the first Test in Wellington.

Shakib's flying 217, achieved on Friday's second day at the Basin Reserve, is the highest Test score by a Bangladeshi batsman, beating Tamim Iqbal's 206, which had stood for almost two years.

The 29-year-old, in his 45th Test, was surprised when he surpassed his teammate.

"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 opening 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 7-542 at stumps after being asked to bat on a greenish looking pitch on day one, which was cut short by rain. They scored 388 runs on day two at a rate of four an over.

Black Caps bowler Tim Southee said 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 onto it and it can come out anywhere."

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.

THE RECORDS:

* 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 in 2015 by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes against Pakistan

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

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

* The 7-542 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 in 2013 at Chittagong

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