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Shakib strikes rein in Black Caps

Shakib Al Hasan’s three wickets kept the rain-reduced decisive second Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand balanced following two days in Mirpur.

After just 54.4. overs were possible yesterday, rain allowed one ball less today as the Black Caps reached 107 for three in reply to 282 all out on a pitch offering spin.

The Tigers were reasonably placed at 228 for five overnight but lost their last five wickets for 36 runs as the recalled Neil Wagner returned an international-best 5-64 from 19 overs.

Having crucially had Tamim Iqbal held at gully for 95 for the second of his two wickets yesterday, the left-arm seamer likewise ousted Mushfiqur Rahim and Sohag Gazi either side of Ish Sodhi snaring Nasir Hossain at slip.

Rubel Hossain was caught behind to complete Wager’s five-wicket haul in the over before Sodhi bowled Abdur Razzak to end the innings.

Shakib had Hamish Rutherford held at short-leg and fellow opener Peter Fulton lbw in consecutive overs to herald lunch, after which Kane Williamson retired hurt on 27 having been hit on his helmet’s grille by a short Rubel ball.

Williamson returned seven overs later when Rubel brilliantly caught Brendon McCullum in the deep from Shakib’s long-hop, but rain ended proceedings with him having added one alongside the reliable Ross Taylor on 37.

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