Dhaka – Tamim Iqbal hit an unbeaten half-century as Bangladesh made a steady start in the second Test against New Zealand, reaching 111/2 by lunch on the first day Monday.
Tamim put on 67 with Marshall Ayub (41) for the second wicket after Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss and elected to bat at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.
Trent Boult gave New Zealand their first breakthrough when Anamul Haque (seven) miscued a pull shot and Kane Williamson took the catch.
Ayub looked solid until Neil Wagner, who replaced left-arm spinner Bruce Martin in New Zealand's line-up from the drawn first Test, broke through his defence and bowled him.
The right-handed Ayub struck six well-executed boundaries in his 62-ball innings
Tamim, who was unbeaten on 50 along with Mominul Haque (12 not out) at the break, survived two drop catches at the start of the innings.
Wicketkeeper Bradley-John Watling dropped the left-hander on five before skipper Brendon McCullum let him off at second slip at 10. Doug Bracewell was the unlucky bowler on both occasions.
Bangladesh made one change to their squad that played in the drawn first Test in Chittagong, bringing in uncapped paceman Al Amin Hossain for injured Robiul Islam. – Sapa-AFP