• Miraz toils manfully for 49 overs vs NZ

    It’s not often a bowler gets hit for 100 runs in an innings, but 200 runs is a rarity indeed. So Mehidy Hasan Miraz’s monster spell against a dominant New Zealand side at Hamilton deserves credit for the bowler’s ability to keep plugging away.

    As New Zealand piled on the pressure by recording their highest-ever Test score, the Bangladesh bowlers may deserve some sympathy, as four of them conceded more than 100 runs off their bowling in the innings.

    Prior to this first Test at Hamilton, 21-year-old Mehidy Hasan Miraz had taken 84 Test wickets in 33 innings, with seven five-fors. At Hamilton, he ended up one run shy of conceding 250 runs off his 49 overs of off-breaks.

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    His monster bowling effort saw him record figures of 49-2-246-2 (econ 5.02), and earned him the wickets of Henry Nicholls (53 off 81 balls) and BJ Watling (31 off 67 balls). Ironically, he managed just two maiden overs as the dominant hosts took centre stage in an increasingly one-sided contest, with Bangladesh in total managing just 18 maidens from the 163 overs they sent down.  

    Most runs conceded in an innings by a bowler

    Player O M R W Econ Team Opposition Match Date
    LO Fleetwood-Smith 87 11 298 1 3.42 Australia England 20 Aug 1938
    RK Chauhan 78 8 276 1 3.53 India Sri Lanka 2 Aug 1997
    OC Scott 80.2 13 266 5 3.31 West Indies England 3 Apr 1930
    Khan Mohammad 54 5 259 0 4.79 Pakistan West Indies 26 Feb 1958
    Fazal Mahmood 85.2 20 247 2 2.89 Pakistan West Indies 26 Feb 1958
    Mehidy Hasan Miraz 49 2 246 2 5.02 Bangladesh New Zealand 28 Feb 2019

    New Zealand’s 715-6 was their highest Test score, beating the 690 they racked up against Pakistan at Sharjah in 2014. In that match, Williamson scored 192 off 244 balls as part of a 297-run partnership for the second wicket with Brendon McCullum (202 off 188 balls).

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    At the close of day three, Bangladesh trailed by 307 runs with just 6 wickets remaining as New Zealand look to complete a heavy innings defeat on the visitors.


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