Friday, October 25, 2013

Second Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand ended in a draw

Due to heavy rain, the second Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand finished without any result. On the fifth and final day, not a single ball was bowled as the field was wet and unable to continue the game.
After observing the ground, match officials decided to call off the final day at 2:08 pm local time. Due to heavy rain at overnight and persistent rain today, the ground was beyond playable.
In their second innings, the host nation could manage to score 269 runs for the loss of three wickets after the end of day four, putting 114 runs lead in front of New Zealand.
Left-handed middle-order batsman Mominul Haque remained not out on 126 while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played a passionate innings of 32.
The touring team put Bangladesh under pressure after scoring 437 runs in their first innings, leaving Bangladesh to trail 155 runs. Thanks to the third wicket partnership between Mominul and Tamim Iqbal, the Bangladesh cricket team could fulfill the deficit and raised the hope of ending the match with a draw.
Mominul Haque was given “Player of the Match” and “Player of the Series” awards for his contribution in the series. He scored his career best 181 runs in the first innings of the first Test and his total score was 376 runs in the series.
It is really surprising to see that Bangladeshi players played well under pressure. This thing has disappointed New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum as they failed to win the series.
The first Test match played in Chittagong also finished without any result.

Now, the two teams will play three ODIs which will begin on October 29 at the Sher-e-Bangla and a Twenty20 match.