The first day of the New Year, however, brought a joyful day for them and Shoriful was reluctant to squander the chance.
He said Bangladesh were looking forward to continuing in the same manner on the second day.
“We would have been happier had we taken a couple of more wickets,” Shoriful said. “But still the day went well. It was great to bowl in the first hour, there was enough movement and swing. The wicket got a bit flat after lunch, so I pulled back the length to curb their scoring rate.”
The Conway wicket was important. Mominul bhai got us the breakthrough. We will now try to keep their run rate low, and get them bowled out on the second day
For New Zealand, Devon Conway scored highest 122, which is his first century in his first Test at home.
Conway, however, was dismissed by Mominul Haque, who is an occasional bowler. Shoriful said Conway’s wicket put them on top in the contest so far.
“The Conway wicket was important. Mominul bhai got us the breakthrough. We will now try to keep their run rate low, and get them bowled out on the second day.”
Shoriful took two wickets while Ebadot Hossain had one late in the day. Another pacer Taskin remained wicketless despite bowling for 20 overs with fire and control.
Bangladesh’s bowling coach Ottis Gibson believed Taskin will bring back his best on day two to worsen New Zealand’s situation further.
“That’s Test cricket - that’s what I tell him. You will not get wickets every day. But tomorrow there’s still five wickets to get. Maybe he can get three or four wickets, after getting himself freshened up. He bowled very well today,” Gibson said.