Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim achieved an unwanted record when he became the second ever batsman to be dismissed for 'obstruction of the field' in Test cricket. The incident took place on Day 1 of the second Test match against New Zealand in Dhaka when he pushed the ball away from the stumps with his hand after defending a delivery from Kyle Jamieson. After the matchday, spinner Mehidy Hasan defended Mushfiqur at the press conference and said it was not intentional on the part of the veteran cricketer. He also mentioned Sri Lanka batsman Angelo Matthews' 'timeout' dismissal during the 2023 Cricket World Cup while talking about Mushfiqur's incident on Wednesday.
“Look, this one wasn't intentional, it just happened with the flow. No one wants to get out knowingly. There's a lot of things going on in the back of your mind during different situations in a match. During the World Cup we had a timeout dismissal against a Sri Lankan batting in our favor but what happened today with Mushfiq bhai, it all happened in a flow,” he said at the press conference.
“If I am batting after a stroke and the ball comes near the stumps, I have to quickly decide what you can and cannot do. Certainly, he did not do that deliberately.”
Mehidy Hasan and Taijul Islam shared five wickets to help Bangladesh claw their way back against struggling New Zealand at 55-5.
An astonishing 15 wickets fell on the first day's play in Dhaka, with the hosts only 172 all out in an innings in which Mushfiqur Rahim became only the second batsman in Test history to be dismissed for obstructing the field.
Mehidy and Taijul then rode a route through New Zealand in the final session before poor light led to an early finish.
Mehidy scalped Devon Conway (11), Kane Williamson (13) and Tom Blundell (0) in between Taijul's dismissals of Tom Latham (4) and Henry Nicholls (1) to erase the tourists' early advantage.
“We believed we could make things difficult for them if we bowled in the right spots,” Mehidy said after the matchday.
“We struggled against their spinners. We know these conditions quite well, so that gave our bowlers confidence that we could take more advantage of this pitch.”
Daryl Mitchell was batting on 12 alongside Glenn Phillips on five as stumps were drawn at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium with nine overs remaining.
Mitchell Santner and Phillips earlier won 3-65 and 3-31 respectively after the hosts opted to bat, while Ajaz Patel claimed 2-54 for the tourists as they dominated in their bid to level the two-match series to bring.
(With AFP inputs)
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