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.
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
|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).
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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