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NZ trail Bangladesh despite Williamson ton

New Zealand's Kane Williamson plays a shot during the second day of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on November 29, 2023. (Photo by Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP)
New Zealand's Kane Williamson plays a shot during the second day of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and New Zealand at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium in Sylhet on November 29, 2023. (Photo by Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP)
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SYLHET, Bangladesh: Kane Williamson struck a defiant century on Wednesday but was unable to put New Zealand in control in the first Test against Bangladesh in Sylhet.


The visitors reached 266-8 at stumps on the second day, still trailing Bangladesh by 44 runs in the first innings.


Williamson hit 104 off 205 balls in his 29th Test century with 11 fours, before Taijul Islam broke through his defence to bowl out the right-hander.


Taijul was the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with 4-89, while Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Shoriful Islam and Mominul Haque claimed one wicket apiece.


Glenn Phillips scored 42 runs to boost Williamson in their 78-run sixth-wicket partnership -- which dug the visitors out of a hole after they lost the top half of their batting order for 175 runs.


Occasional left-arm spinner Mominul forced Phillips to give a catch at slip, ending their partnership.


Williamson took a single off Nayeem to complete his hundred off 189 balls, drawing him level with Don Bradman and Virat Kohli in terms of Test centuries.


Taijul redeemed himself for dropping Williamson at midwicket on 63 by taking the wicket of the former New Zealand captain and Ish Sodhi (0) in successive overs.


Daryl Mitchell earlier rode his luck to reach 41 before he was stumped by Nurul Hasan, off Taijul's bowling.


Mitchell, who put on 66 runs with Williamson for the fourth wicket, had nicked pacer Shoriful while batting on four.


But Bangladesh did not review the caught-behind appeal, which was turned down by the on-field umpire.


New Zealand bowled out Bangladesh for 310 on the first ball of the morning when Tim Southee trapped last man Shoriful leg-before for 13.


The Black Caps then got off to a fast start, the first three balls yielding 10 runs.


Bangladesh's spinners slowly took control to check the initial batting surge.


Taijul dismissed Tom Latham for 21, Nayeem taking the catch at fine leg.


Fellow opener Devon Conway fell to off-spinner Mehidy two overs later after making 12.


Debutant Shahadat Hossain took a brilliant one-handed catch, diving to his right at silly point after an inside edge hit Conway's pad and popped up to the fielder.


Shoriful dismissed Henry Nicholls for 19 after lunch to leave New Zealand struggling at 98-3.


The two-match series is the beginning of a new cycle in the World Test Championship for both teams. -- AFP


scoreboard


Bangladesh 1st innings


Mahmudul Hasan c Mitchell b Sodhi 86


Zakir Hasan b Patel 12


Najmul Hossain Shanto c Williamson b Phillips 37


Mominul Haque c Blundell b Phillips 37


Mushfiqur Rahim c Williamson b Patel 12


Shahadat Hossain c Nicholls b Phillips 24


Mehidy Hasan Miraz c Mitchell b Jamieson 20


Nurul Hasan c Blundell b Phillips 29


Nayeem Hasan c Latham b Jamieson 16


Taijul Islam not out 8


Shoriful Islam lbw Southee 13


Extras (b12, lb3, w1) 16


Total (all out, 85.1 overs) 310


Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-92, 3-180, 4-184, 5-210, 6-233, 7-261, 8-276, 9-290


Bowling: Southee 14.1-2-43-1, Jamieson 17-5-52-2, Patel 24-1-76-2, Sodhi 14-1-71-1, Phillips 16-1-53-4


New Zealand 1st innings


Tom Latham c Nayeem b Taijul 21


Devon Conway c Shahadat b Mehidy 12


Kane Williamson b Taijul 104


Henry Nicholls c Nurul b Shoriful 19


Daryl Mitchell st Nurul b Taijul 41


Tom Blundell c Nurul Hasan b Nayeem 6


Glenn Phillips c Najmul b Mominul 42


Kyle Jamieson not out 7


Ish Sodhi c Shahadat b Taijul 0


Tim Southee not out 1


Extras (b 8, lb5) 13


Total (eight wickets; 84 overs) 266


Fall of wickets: 1-36, 2-44, 3-98, 4-164, 5-175, 6-253, 7-262, 8-264


Bowling: Shoriful 11-2-44-1, Mehidy 19-3-57-1, Taijul 30-7-89-4, Nayeem 22-3-61-1, Mominul 2-1-2-1


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