Hosts New Zealand Eleven scored 71 for 5 in 27.3 overs against touring Bangladesh in the rain-interrupted first day of the two-day preparatory tour match at Bay Oval-2 of Mount Maunganui in New Zealand on Tuesday.
Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque won the toss and invited the home team to bat first in a rain soaked delay start ground and took its fruit immediately grabbing three early wickets --Luke Georgeson (6), Jacob Cumming (1) and captain Devon Conway (0) --for just 8 runs in 6.2 overs.
However, Jacob Bhula (batting 24), Jack Boyle (20) and Mitch Renwick (18) repaired the early damage scoring double figure while wicket keeper Ma’ara Ave was in batting with four runs.
Two Bangladeshi pacers Abu Jayed Rahi and Taskin Ahmed bowled superbly to share all five wickets of the day.
Abu Jayed grabbed three wickets for 27 runs in his nine-over spell while Taskin Ahmed claimed two wickets for 26 runs in 8.3 overs.
Earlier, Rain stopped the match on three occasions. First at 9.3 overs when NZ scored 14 for 3, 2nd at 25.4 overs with NZ making 62 for 4 and finally at 27.3 over to fold the day’s innings for 71 for 5.
The first of the two-match Test Series between Bangladesh and New Zealand will begin on January 1 at the Bay Oval-1 Mount Maunganui.