Bangladesh Cricket Team Spinners are on Fire

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Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim became only the second batsman in Test history to be dismissed for obstructing the field in the second match against New Zealand in Dhaka on Wednesday.

New Zealand 55 for 5 (Mitchell 12*, Phillips 5*, Mehidy 3-17, Taijul 2-29) trail Bangladesh 172 (Mushfiqur 35, Shahadat 31, Philips 3-31, Santner 3-65) by 117 runs.

The Bangladesh spinners gave back what their batters suffered at the hands of the New Zealand spinners.

The play was called off at 4:16 pm, at least 14 minutes before the scheduled end, as bad light took effect on a murky day in Dhaka. Daryl Mitchell and Glenn Philips remained unbeaten on 12 and 5, respectively, after the visitors lost half their side in 49 minutes.

New Zealand’s spin trio had earlier led the way as Bangladesh folded for 172. Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner and Ajaz Patel took eight wickets between them, while Tim Southee took the other one that went to the bowlers. Meanwhile, Mushfiqur Rahim was given out, obstructing the field, a dismissal that came at a critical moment for the visitors.

Mushfiqur and Shahadat Hossain had only started to resurrect Bangladesh with a 57-run stand after falling to 47 for four before the 88-Test veteran had a brain-fade moment. Otherwise, Bangladesh’s batters got out to soft shots as the visitors pounced on the mistakes.

Bangladesh lost four wickets each in the day’s first two sessions. The root of the rot was in the sixth over when Bangladesh opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy tried too many things in the day’s first over of spin. Patel started off with deliveries that spun and kept low, to which Joy tried everything, including a wild slog.

The wicket followed soon after when Santner had Zakir Hasan top-edging an attempted hoick towards long-on. It took a top edge, and Williamson took the easy catch at mid-on for eight. Within four balls, Patel had Mahmudul caught at short leg, catching the inside edge with a poke. Mahmadul made 14.

Unusual Test dismissals in Cricket History

  • Hutton, obstructing the field, England v South Africa, The Oval, August 16, 1951
  • Endean handled the ball, South Africa v England, Cape Town, January 1, 1957
  • Hilditch handled the ball, Australia v Pakistan, Perth, March 24, 1979
  • Khan handled the ball, Pakistan v Australia, Karachi, September 22, 1982
  • Haynes handled the ball, West Indies v India, Wankhede, November 24, 1983
  • Gooch handled the ball, England v Australia, Manchester, June 3, 1993
  • Waugh handled the ball, Australia v India, Chennai, March 18, 2001
  • Atapattu, retired out, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Colombo, September 6, 2001
  • Jayawardene, retired out, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, Colombo, September 6, 2001
  • Vaughan handled the ball, England v India, Bengaluru, December 19, 2001
  • Rahim, obstructing the field, Bangladesh v New Zealand, Dhaka, December 6, 2023

 

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