Martin five-for puts Kiwis on top

Published: Saturday, January 12, 2008, 12:39 [IST]
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Wellington: Chris Martin claimed his eighth five-wicket bag as New Zealand took firm control of the second Test against Bangladesh at Basin Reserve here on Saturday

Bangladesh skittled out for 143 in their first essay, courtesy hostile spell of seam bowling by Chris Martin (5/65). In reply New Zealand were 134/3 at stumps on day one.

As New Zealand maintained the form which saw them convincingly win the first Test inside three days, Martin finished with five for 65 as Bangladesh were routed without a fight in 46 overs.

Only top-scorer Mohammad Ashraful had reason to feel aggrieved at his dismissal, caught behind for 35.

English umpire Nigel Llong ruled the delivery from Iain O'Brien took the edge of the bat as it travelled through to wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, but television replays indicated the ball may have clipped the pad.

But there was no question about the other dismissals as Martin and O'Brien (three for 34) ripped through the innings.

Amazingly, it was the ninth successive win of the toss for New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who had no hesitation in choosing to bowl first on a greenish pitch with overcast and windy conditions.

Kyle Mills snapped up first Test hero Tamim Iqbal for 15 in the seventh over and by lunch Bangladesh were on 86 with the innings ending just over an hour later.

New Zealand too started on a bad note when the first Test centurion Matthew Bell was out for one in the second over, caught by Mushfiqur Rahim off Sajidul Islam.

It was again English umpire Llong who gave the decision, although replays indicated the ball hit Bell's thigh pad.

Next man in Fulton (22 off 24, 3X4s&1x6) had failed to capitalise on a flying start he had. He stroked two successive boundaries off Sajidul in the first over he faced. However he couldn't control his shotmaking urge and in the process fell to Mortaza for plumb LBW.

This brought Fleming to the crease and the former skipper revived the Kiwi innings with a fine 83-run stand with Cumming. Fleming a predominantly on-side player got most of his runs thro' flicks and clip shots. He is undefeated on 39 with six boundaries.

On the other hand Cumming played a patient innings and looked set for a big knock before left-arm spinner Saqibul trapped this burly New Zealander with a arm ball.

The players wore black armbands and stood for a minute's silence before the start of the match in memory of New Zealander Edmund Hillary, the first person to conquer Mount Everest, who died Friday at age 88.

ThatsCricket (with inputs from AFP)

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