Mahmudul Hasan anchored the innings with a resilient 86 off 166 balls.
Phillips claimed four crucial wickets, restricting Bangladesh to 310-9.
The two-match series marks the commencement of a new cycle for the World Test Championship for both teams.
In a gripping opening day of the first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand, spinner Glenn Phillips emerged as the star performer, claiming four crucial wickets to restrict the hosts to 310-9 before bad light brought an early end to proceedings.
Opting to bat first after winning the toss, Bangladesh displayed moments of dominance but lost wickets at crucial junctures. Opening batter Mahmudul Hasan anchored the innings with a resilient 86 off 166 balls, setting the stage for a substantial total. However, Phillips, selected ahead of Rachin Ravindra, turned the tide with figures of 4-53.
New Zealand’s bowlers, Ajaz Patel (2-76) and Kyle Jamieson (2-52), also made significant contributions, celebrating key breakthroughs. Skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto and former captain Mominul Haque each contributed 37 runs before untimely dismissals disrupted their partnerships with Mahmudul.
Patel drew first blood by dismissing opener Zakir Hasan for 12, while Phillips claimed the prized wicket of Najmul in the morning session. An exceptional catch by Kane Williamson at mid-on completed the skipper’s dismissal.
Just before tea, Ish Sodhi and Phillips struck in successive overs, further impeding Bangladesh’s progress. Sodhi removed Mahmudul, ending his resilient innings, while Phillips forced Mominul to give a catch to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell.
Experienced Mushfiqur Rahim fell to Patel for 12, and Williamson took his second catch of the day. Jamieson had Mehidy Hasan caught by Daryl Mitchell for 20, and wicketkeeper-batter Nurul Hasan’s aggressive innings was halted by Phillips.
Phillips continued to make an impact by dismissing debutant Shahadat Hossain, who made 24 before giving a catch to Henry Nicholls. He later ended Nurul’s innings at 29, swinging the momentum further in New Zealand’s favor.
The day concluded with Taijul Islam (8 not out) and Shoriful Islam (13 not out) holding fort for Bangladesh after Jamieson dismissed Nayeem Hasan, marking his second wicket of the day.
The two-match series marks the commencement of a new cycle for the World Test Championship for both teams. With Phillips’ stellar performance, New Zealand will be looking to capitalize on their strong start when play resumes on day two.
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