Shakib Al Hasan & Mushfiqur Rahim: Bangladesh break records in New Zealand

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Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim shared Bangladesh’s highest partnership in international cricket on day two of the first Test against New Zealand.

The pair came together on 160-4 and enjoyed a fifth-wicket stand of 359, beating the 312 made by Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes against Pakistan in 2015.

Shakib also passed Tamim’s score of 206 from that game, a Tigers Test record.

Mushfiqur was caught behind for 159 and Shakib bowled for 217 as the tourists closed on 542-7 in Wellington.

Shakib, dropped on four on Thursday, hit 31 fours in his 276-ball innings – only the third time a Bangladesh player had made a Test double century – but did not initially realise he had beaten Tamim’s record.

“I thought his score was 214 but when I ran that single and saw Tamim was clapping, I thought OK – the highest,” he said.

Shakib and Mushfiqur’s partnership was also the fourth highest fifth-wicket stand by anyone in Test history, the fourth highest for any wicket against the Kiwis, and the third highest in the Basin Reserve’s 87 years as a Test venue.

Bangladesh have never won a Test against New Zealand, after three draws and eight losses in their previous 11 matches – having beaten England for the first time in October.

This game is the first of a two-Test series.

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