Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Photo- AFP
Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Photo- AFP

Bangladesh opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy will miss the remainder of the ongoing New Zealand tour after suffering a finger injury. He injured his appendage while fielding practice ahead of the fourth day’s play of the first Test match in Mount Maunganui.

Mahmudul scored his maiden Test half-century against New Zealand in the first innings and was one of the architects of the side posting 458 and taking a 130-run lead. New Zealand wobbled late in the day and was reduced to 147 for 5.

“Mahmudul got a cut injury on his right hand in between third and fourth finger while fielding and he required three stitches. He will be under observation for seven to ten days. We are providing him all the medication that is required,” BCB physio Bayzidul Islam said.

Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Photo- AP
Mahmudul Hasan Joy. Photo- AP

Bangladesh gave away a lead of just 17 at stumps and will push for their first win in New Zealand on the final day.

He (Mahmudul Hasan Joy) Really Batted Well And It Was A Positive Thing: Mehidy Hasan

21-year-old Mahmudul Hasan Joy brilliantly countered the New Zealand bowling attack, considered to be one of the best in the world. He made 78 runs in 228 balls with 7 fours before being caught by Henry Nicholls off the bowling of Neil Wagner.

Joy also had the rub of the green at times as edges flew through the slip cordon off Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner missed sending an LBW appeal upstairs, which would have been in New Zealand’s favor.

“He (Joy) really batted well and it was a positive thing. It never looked that he is new (to international cricket) and he adapted really well. We all know he is very good player and a member of the Under-19 champion team and he really played well there and came to the national team on the back of good performance in domestic circuit,” Mehidy Hasan had said after the second day’s play.

Ebadot Hossain (Image Credits: Twitter)

New Zealand was 147/5 at the end of day 4 with Will Young making 69 and Ross Taylor unbeaten on 37. Ebadot Hossain was the star with the ball, piking 4/39.

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