Mominul Haque, Liton Das give Bangladesh a historic lead over New Zealand at Bay Oval

Mominul Haque and Liton Das led Bangladesh to a remarkable first-innings lead over New Zealand in the first Test on Monday, but both were dismissed by Trent Boult in the penultimate session at Mount Maunganui. Bangladesh were 401 for six at stumps on day three, chasing down New Zealand’s 328 for a 73-run advantage with four wickets in hand.

They had reached 361 for four when Boult broke a 158-run partnership by dismissing Mominul for 88, followed by Das for 86 11 deliveries later. It is the first time outside of Asia that Bangladesh has established a first-innings lead while batting second.

When they batted first in Wellington four years ago, they led New Zealand by seven wickets, but a poor second innings cost them the match. Mominul, a part-time spinning option who bowled New Zealand’s top two run-scorers Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls before batting through 244 deliveries for his 15th Test half-century, had an outstanding Test.

Mominul rode his luck with the bat, surviving many opportunities to put his team in a solid position until Boult caught him lbw. He appealed the ruling, but Boult’s inswinger smashed against the back pad in front of off stump, leaving no mistake about the conclusion.

Mominul’s knock included 12 fours to all four corners of the pitch, and his partnership with Liton held New Zealand wicketless for almost 52 overs. Before edging Boult to wicketkeeper Tom Blundell, Das, like Mominul, hit boundaries on both sides of the wicket as well as straight down the ground, scoring 10 fours.

In the morning session, Bangladesh played conservatively, earning 45 runs for the loss of excellent opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy for 78 and Mushfiqur Rahim for 12. Joy added eight more to his overnight score of 70 before being caught at gully by Neil Wagner, while Boult bowled Mushfiqur.

In the middle session, Mominul and Liton contributed 87 runs, while Bangladesh scored 94 runs between tea and stumps. Mehidy Hasan (20) and Yasir Ali (11) were the only batsmen not out at the close. For New Zealand, Boult took three for 61 and Wagner three for 98.