Mominul, Tamim star on rain-hit day

Quamrul Hassan | Update:

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Fifties from Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque gave Bangladesh a good start against New Zealand on a rain-hit first day of the first Test in Wellington on Thursday.
The umpires had to call stumps for bad light with only 40.2 overs being played, with Tigers on 154 for 3, and the teams will have to start the second day half an hour earlier to make up for the lost time.
Winning the toss, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson invited the visitors to bat first, and Tim Southee vindicated his captain's decision by removing Imrul Kayes (1) in the fourth over. That wicket meant Imrul's bad patch continues, the opener failed to score in the first two T20s while an injury did not let him bat in the last one.

His opening partner Tamim was in a buyoant mood though, making 56 off just 50 balls before Trent Boult trapped him leg before the wicket. 

Tamim fired 11 fours in his innings, meaning 44 of his 56 came from boundaries.
Mominul, on the other hand, struck a balance between aggression and calmness, making an unbeaten 64 in 110 balls. Like Tamim, most of his runs also came courtesy of boundaries, the diminitive batsman hitting 10 fours and a six.
Southee was at the receiving end of Mominul's agression, conceding four fours and a six in two overs before rain stopped play in the middle.
Mahmudullah also gave Mominul good company, the pair adding 85 in the third-wicket. The middle-order batsman's 26-run innings was brought to an end by Neil Wagner.
The Tigers handed Test debuts to Taskin Ahmed and Subashis Roy in the game.
Mominul boasts a great record against the Kiwis, the batsman hitting centuries in both the Tests he has played against them thus far.
Can he make it three in three? 

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