Bangladesh crawl to 34-1 in first Test

Published: Friday, October 17, 2008, 12:35 [IST]
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Bangladesh recovered from the early dismissal of Zunaed Siddique to crawl to 34-1 by lunch on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand on Friday.

Opener Tamim Iqbal, dropped twice, was unbeaten on 18 and recalled Rajin Saleh was on 16 at the break, as they added 34 for the unbroken second-wicket stand after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat.

New Zealand struck early at the Divisional Stadium when paceman Iain O'Brien trapped opener Siddique leg-before wicket off the first ball of the second over.

It could have been 0-2 but Aaron Redmond dropped Iqbal off fast bowler Kyle Mills in the third over.

With not much for fast bowlers in the pitch, New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori introduced Jeetan Patel in the 18th over.

The off-spinner turned one sharp on Iqbal whose defensive shot flew to forward short-leg but Redmond failed to hold a head-high catch.

With the pitch expected to take spin, the home team has included three left-arm spinners, Abdur Razzak, Mehrab Hossain and Shakib Al Hasan in their lineup along with off-spinning all-rounder Naeem Islam who is making his debut.

New Zealand also handed batsman Jesse Ryder his Test debut and included Patel to backup skipper and spinner Vettori.

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