The ongoing Test series between Bangladesh and New Zealand has become the first one to start in the New Year day of Gregorian calendar in 67 years.
Incidentally the last series that started in the New Year day was staged in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh and it was a historic one.
As a matter of fact it was the first ever home Test for Pakistan and Dhaka, part of the erstwhile East Pakistan, got the honour of hosting it. The stadium, which is now named Bangabandhu National Stadium, was known as Dacca Stadium back then.
In front of a jubilant home crowd Pakistan scored 257 after captain Abul Kardar decided to bat first having won the toss. Indian off spinner Ghulam Ahmed got five wickets to restrict the hosts.
In reply, India were bundled out for 148 largely due to six wicket haul of Pakistan seamer Mahmood Hussain.
India’s legendary leggie Subhash Gupte became third player of the match to take a five wicket haul as hosts were all out for 158 and set a target of 268. But the visitors did not have enough time as they ended the day 4, the final day of the match, on 147/2 with Bengali opener Pankaj Roy remained not out on 67 with Vijay Manjrekar on 74.
In the ongoing match at Mount Maunganui Bangladesh made an impressive start as the bowlers bundled out the hosts for 328, the lowest ever for their opponents to get all out in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries and rookie opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy consumed over 211 balls and remained not out. Joy emerged as the only Bangladesh opener to face more than 200 deliveries in New Zealand in a Test and the first opener in the world since 2019.