Shakib Hasan double ton; Bangladesh takes control in 1st Test against New Zealand

13 January, Wellington

A double century from Shakib Al Hasan and a ton from Mushfiqur Rahim hammered New Zealand as records tumbled and Bangladesh took control of the first Test at Wellington Friday.

They closed day two at Wellington’s Basin Reserve on 542-7, subjecting New Zealand to a harsh day on the field. Shakib fell 15 minutes before stumps for 217, the highest score ever by a Bangladesh player.

Mushfiqur went a short time earlier for 159 after the pair had put together a record all-time partnership for Bangladesh of 359, eclipsing the 312 by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes against Pakistan two years ago.

It is also the highest fifth-wicket stand by any team against New Zealand. The 542 total is the third-highest first innings at the traditional bowl-first ground in its 59-Test history.

Wagner was the most successful New Zealand bowler with three for 124 while Boult had two for 121 and Southee two for 144.

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