Mominul Haque and Liton Das made New Zealand bowlers toil on the day as the visitors went 73 runs ahead
Stumps Bangladesh 401 for 6 (Mominul 88, Liton 86, Boult 3-61) lead New Zealand 328 by 73 runs
Bangladesh batted with firmness and purpose to dominate New Zealand on the third day of the Mount Maunganui Test. The visitors went to stumps on 401 for 6, leading by 73 runs, the first time they have done so batting second outside Asia.
The foundation for Bangladesh’s fine day of batting was laid in the first two sessions. After adding only 45 runs till the lunch break, they scored more freely in the second session. They added a further 87 runs in 26 overs, going wicketless. Both Mominul and Litton reached their fifties post lunch.
They went chanceless too, but there were uncomfortable moments when Mominul was struck on the elbow and when he edged in front of Ross Taylor at third slip. It was harder for the left-hander during the first session when he was dropped on 8 by Jamieson off his bowling, and then caught behind on 9 off a no-ball by Wagner.
Liton freed up the situation when he struck two fours shortly after coming to the crease, and then attacked the New Zealand bowlers whenever necessary for most of the next two sessions. He used the pace well, guiding the ball with late cuts and square-cuts as well as driven fours.
Mominul too drove the ball well, hitting four cover drives for boundaries, as well as a few flicks and clips through midwicket. He also used the pace well to hit fours behind the stumps.
Boult removed both Mominul and Litton in the space of three overs. He finally broke the fifth-wicket stand when he trapped Mominul lbw for 88. A few overs later, Litton followed him to the dressing room after he chased a wide one from Boult.
There was still no respite following that for New Zealand as Yasir Ali and Mehidy Hasan Miraz batted out the remaining 11.1 overs without much fuss.
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84