Tamim Iqbal fell five short of a first Test century since 2010 as Bangladesh made steady progress on the opening day of the deciding Test with New Zealand that saw no play after tea due to rain in Mirpur.
The Tigers, having won the toss, were 228 for five from the 54.4 available overs thanks mainly to Tamim’s 153-ball innings, studded with 17 fours.
The dashing left-hander, whose last format hundred came 11 Tests ago versus England at Emirates Old Trafford, was twice dropped from edges before the fifth over when Anamul Haque miscued a pull to be caught by Kane Williamson running in from slip off Trent Boult.
Marshall Ayub, a debutant in the drawn first Test of two, scored smoothly until being bowled for 41 by Neil Wagner, the seamer who was preferred to spinner Bruce Martin in the Black Caps XI.
Tamim went to lunch on 50, soon after which he was nearly run out without addition by Doug Bracewell sprinting in from mid-on. As he had done alongside Ayub, the opener shared a fifty partnership with Mominul Haque, who was caught behind for 47 off Corey Anderson.
Williamson’s brilliant, diving grab to his right at gully gave Wagner the vital wicket of Tamim shortly before Ish Sodhi pinned the sweeping Shakib Al Hasan lbw for 20 to herald tea and ultimately stumps.
In their only change, Bangladesh gave an international debut to seamer Al-Amin Hossain due to Robiul Islam’s injury.