Bangladesh 173-2, leads by 18 runs against NZ

Bangladesh 173-2, leads by 18 runs at tea against New Zealand on day 4 of 2nd test

Bangladesh 173-2, leads by 18 runs against NZ

MIRPUR, Bangladesh (AP) -- Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque smashed half-centuries to help Bangladesh cruise to 173-2 and take an 18-run lead over New Zeland at tea on the fourth day of the second cricket test on Thursday.

Tamim scored 60 and Mominul made 74 to remain unbeaten at the interval as the pair contributed 118 runs in the third wicket stand.

In his second successive fifty in the test, Tamim abandoned his natural attacking instinct to face 183 balls with patience for his total. He hit just four boundaries.

Mominul hit eight fours from 115 balls to collect his total.

In the second session, the hosts added 86 runs after resuming on 87-2 after lunch.

Neil Wagner returned 2-40.

For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan returned 5-103 and Razzak took 2-96.

After New Zealand was dismissed for 437 runs with a 155-run lead over Bangladesh, the hosts lost Anamul Haque for 22 and Marshall Ayub for 9.

Wagner, who claimed five wickets in the first innings, took both early Bangladesh wickets.

Earlier in the first session, New Zealand lost its two remaining wickets for the addition of 18 runs after resuming at 419-8.

BJ Watling remained unbeaten on 70, while Ish Sodhi was run out on 58 and Trent Boult was trapped lbw by Abdur Razzak for 4.

On Wednesday, Corey Anderson's maiden century and half centuries by tailenders Watling and Sodhi helped New Zealand surpass 400 and into a strong position to win the series after the first test was drawn at Chittagong.

Updated : 2021-01-27 00:50 GMT+08:00