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MAKING MERRY:Mominul Haque notched up his maiden Test century on Friday.— PHOTO: AFP
MAKING MERRY:Mominul Haque notched up his maiden Test century on Friday.— PHOTO: AFP

: Young left-hander Mominul Haque, nicknamed Sourav by teammates for a batting style that reminds them of former India captain Sourav Ganguly, scored an impressive 181 as Bangladesh made light of New Zealand’s bowling attack on the third day of the first Test here on Friday.

The 22-year-old anchored the innings to notch up his maiden Test century as the host, replying to New Zealand’s 469, cruised to 380 for seven by stumps at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (67) added 92 for the fifth-wicket with Mominul to lift Bangladesh to 301 for four, before both batsmen fell in the space of six deliveries after tea.

Debutant left-arm seamer Corey Anderson, who had conceded just 10 runs in his first 10 overs, was rewarded for his accuracy when he trapped Mominul leg-before.

Rahim fell in Doug Bracewell’s next over, caught by a diving Ross Taylor in the slips, as the host slipped to 301 for six. Nasir Hossain (46) and Sohag Gazi (28 not out) frustrated the Black Caps further with a 70-run stand for the seventh wicket on a slow pitch that offered no assistance to the bowlers. The host, which has lost eight and drawn one of its nine Tests against New Zealand, trail by 89 runs with three wickets in hand.

Anderson was the lone New Zealand bowler to emerge with credit in unhelpful conditions, returning with figures of two for 23 from 14 overs. — AFP

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