Dar saab ko lagta hai, gala saab ko sukhata hai’ — captain Nazmul Hasan was speaking in Hindi while standing on the slip. Which in Bengali means, ‘Everyone feels fear.’ Everyone’s throat is dry. The Bangladesh team’s bowling did not scare the New Zealand batsmen, but it managed to create pressure. And it has been able to do that mainly thanks to the spinners. At the end of the second day, New Zealand’s run was 266 for 8 wickets. Taijul Islam took a maximum of 4 wickets for Bangladesh.
Earlier, Bangladesh’s first innings stopped at 310 runs when Shariful Islam got out on the first ball of the second day. New Zealand are still trailing by 44 runs. Bangladesh can only hope for a lead. With the way the wicket looks, the first innings lead could become very important later on.
The gap could have been bigger instead of 44. It didn’t happen as Williamson stood up. Williamson, who scored the 29th century of his Test career, played a major role in prolonging New Zealand’s innings. 104 runs off 205 balls with 11 fours came from his bat. Luck was also on Williamson’s side. Bangladesh fielders caught Williamson twice off Naeem Hasan’s ball. Taijul gave life to Williamson with 63 runs, Shariful Islam with 70 runs.
Taijul Islam bowled Williamson in the late afternoon
Taijul Islampratham Alo bowled Williamson in the late afternoon
New Zealand started the innings well but lost two openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway in the space of 3 overs. In the 13th over of the innings, Latham (21 runs from 44 balls) took a catch at short fine leg while sweeping a long outside ball towards the leg of Taijul Islam, who came to bowl his first over. Bangladesh breathed a sigh of relief after breaking the opening pair of 36 runs. From the other end, Miraj also got the award after a spell of 9 consecutive overs. In the 16th over of the innings, Conway came in front of Mirage’s ball and took a catch at sealy point while defending. Anointed Shahadat Hossain jumped to the right and took a great catch. Conway’s 40-ball 12-run innings stopped.
New Zealand overcame the shock of losing a pair of wickets courtesy of Williamson. Henry Nicholls, Darrell Mitchell, Glenn Phillips – he paired up with everyone. However, the great bowling pairs of Bangladesh did not allow to grow. Even though Shariful Islam was wicketless in his first spell, he bowled in the second spell and cut Nicholls behind in the 32nd over. Nicholls scored 19 runs off 42 balls. Darrell Mitchell was getting quick runs at the crease. Taijul trapped Mitchell, who scored 41 runs in 54 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.
Tom Blundell is caught behind the wicket by Naeem Hasan
Tom Blundell was caught behind the wicket by Naeem Hasan first light
Phillips also made quick runs. The youngster came to the crease when Tom Blundell touched the ball towards leg by Naeem. In white ball cricket, Phillips continues to bat naturally on the white ball as soon as he comes to the crease. Even the spinners could not do much with the old ball. Nazmul brought Muminul Haque to the bowling to stop Phillips. The captain’s gamble also works. In the 75th over of the innings, Phillips, who scored 42 runs off 62 balls, caught Muminul’s left-arm spin at slip. Nazmul himself bent down and took it.
A session with 2 wickets and a catch
Bangladesh left the field at the end of the day with relief
Bangladesh Prathom Alo left the field at the end of the day with relief
New Zealand’s run was then 253 for 6 wickets. Then Bangladesh is waiting for the new ball. Bangladesh got the best gift of the day in the first over of getting the new ball in the 80th over. Williamson tried to play Taijul’s arm ball but could not find the ball. Finding space between the bat-pads, Taijul bowled Williamson.
The left-arm spinner of the Bangladesh team managed to take advantage of the new ball once more before the end of the day’s play. In his next over, Taijul caught Ish Sodhi at short leg for 0 runs. Kyle Jamieson (7) and Tim Southee (0) did not allow any damage in the New Zealand innings for the rest of the time.