Bangladesh in New Zealand, 3 Test Series, 2019
Venue: Basin Reserve, Wellington
Date: 08 March-12 March, 2019
RR: 3.73 | New Zealand beat Bangladesh by an innings and 12 runs
That ends another Test match and another mauling. Bangladesh have simply not been able to answer the short ball challenge and they need to find a solution quickly, with the third Test not far away. Join us from Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 11 am local (2200 GMT, previous night) for all the action from the third and final Test. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Victorious Kiwi skipper, Kane Williamson, says that the shoulder is fine for now. Praises his bowlers for finishing the match within 2 and a half days, in spite of bowling not too well in the first innings. Says that the plan was always to be positive, playing good cricket. Feels that the wicket was very challenging, with Bangladesh bowling well on a green wicket in the first innings but without luck. Williamson adds that he and Taylor were able to capitalize on that and took the game out of reach. On the pitch, Kane says that it is very hard to make an accurate judgement but feels it held up nicely and scoring became easier after spending some time on the wicket. Hopes that Bradley Watling's hamstring injury is not serious and he is fit for the next Test.
Bangladesh captain, Mahmudullah, feels that the team could have done a lot lot better as they are a much better unit than that. Admits that there was help with the new ball but the batsmen could have showed some grit. Hopes to do well in the third Test. Agrees that catching let them down too in this game. On the short ball challenge, Mahmudullah puts it to the individuals as
every player is different. Asks the batsmen to judge themselves how good or bad they are playing the short ball and find ways to tackle it.
ROSS TAYLOR HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Taylor says that as a batter it always plays in your mind when you look at a green track. Praises the bowlers for getting a result in 2 and a half days and taking 20 wickets. Says that it was a matter of 30 minutes of survival and himself and Williamson were lucky to get through those. Adds that once that period was over, the margin for error was very less for the bowlers and the batsmen took full toll. On going past Martin Crowe's century tally, Rosco says that he held up a couple of glasses for the great man in honour last night and is honoured to have been able to go past him.
A few dropped catches did not help the tourists' cause as they started falling way behind. Then, those two sessions on Day 4 saw Taylor and Nicholls plunder runs. Rosco went on to score his double hundred and at that stage, an innings defeat script was written. Bangladesh were good with the new ball but could not quite sustain the pressure. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Just to give you a reminder of what happened in this Test. The first 2 days were washed out without a ball being bowled. And yet, we have had a result in 7 sessions. On a super-green wicket, the Kiwis elected to bowl and dismissed the visitors for 211, with only Tamim providing any resistance with his 74. There too, Boult and Wagner shared most of the wickets, 7 to be precise. Come the reply, the Kiwis were 8/2 but then a massive century stand between Williamson and Taylor put Bangladesh on the back foot.
When it comes to short pitch bowling, does any other name come to your mind apart from Neil Wagner? The lion-hearted fellow took yet another 5-fer, following his 4 in the first innings. He has taken 16 wickets in 4 innings in this series, at an average of 14 and a strike rate of 25.2. Brilliant. Trent Boult helped himself with 4 while the other bowlers, though wicketless, were always dangerous.
The day started with the hosts needing 7 wickets to win and they have wrapped things up in a matter of 33 overs. The plan was certain - bowl short and at the body, terrorize the batsmen's minds and get wickets through lack of patience. Short, short, short - the barricade kept on coming and eventually, the batting succumbed. Shadman, Mithun and Sarkar got starts, but could not quite convert them into big knocks. Mahmudullah easily looked the best of the lot, playing the short balls with ease.
2-0 for New Zealand with a Test to go. Not surprising at all. Yet another game where an Asian side has been bounced out.
Ebadot Hossain is the last man in.
Review for a caught behind! The keeper looks very confident and Southee has obliged.
Abu Jayed walks in at number 10, replacing Mustafizur. LUNCH HAS BEEN EXTENDED BY 15 MINUTES, as 8 wickets are down.
Trent Boult is back on. 14-4-41-3 so far.
A bit of a halt in play. Mahmudullah is having some issue with his right shoulder. The physio is out in the middle.
Mustafizur Rahman walks in at number 9, replacing Taijul.
Stand-in captain Tim Southee returns. 9-1-35-0 so far.
Taijul Islam walks in at number 8, replacing Mithun.
Liton Das walks in at number 7, replacing Mithun.
Some issue with the ball. The Kiwis are showing it to the umpire. Looks like some thread has come off. It is being cut off.
DRINKS BREAK. Not a bad passage of play for either side. New Zealand have managed to pick up a wicket while Bangladesh have managed to lose ONLY one wicket. They are trying hard to survive, playing it out passage-wise and seeing off hour by hour. The deficit is still 88 and they do not have much batting left. The barricade of short stuff has started and it will require top concentration to avoid attacking strokes.
Short leg comes into play. Tom Latham it is under the lid.
Neil Wagner into the attack too. Southee ringing in the changes. 4-2-8-0 so far.
Matt Henry into the attack as well. 4-2-17-1 so far.
Skipper Mahmudullah walks in at number 6, replacing Sarkar.
Colin de Grandhomme into the attack now. 2-0-3-0 so far.
Trent Boult to bowl from the other end.
Okay. We are all ready for the game to begin. Tim Southee to start off proceedings to Soumya Sarkar. Mohammad Mithun is at the other end. Here we go...
WEATHER - It is pretty overcast with a slight chance of rain. Hopefully, it does not rain.
1 session? 2 sessions? Whole day? How long will the game last? With 7 wickets in hand, probably you back the Kiwis to finish this off in a session. Can Bangladesh offer some resistance? Hello and a warm welcome to the final day's play of the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Wellington.
... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...
Thus, the Test which was looking like a hopeless one has suddenly turned into one which could surely have a result. The Kiwis are sure favourites with just 7 wickets to take and a lead of 141 yet to boot. The best the Tigers can hope for is to salvage a draw. They would not mind some help from the fickle weather of Wellington but the forecast is decent for Tuesday. An exciting finish is expected for sure, will the home side wrap up the game and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series or will Bangladesh manage to take it to the final Test with the series still alive? Join us at 1030 local (2130 GMT, Monday night) to find out. Till then, take care and cheers!
Ross Taylor says that he is really happy with his hundred and more so because it was a difficult pitch to bat on where any particular ball could get your wicket. He says that he was lucky to survive the morning and that the heavy roller they used was helpful in the end. When asked about the speed with which they batted today, he informs us that it had to be done especially since it was a 3-day Test. Ross tells us that their plan was to attack the seamers as they had only 3 in their side. They initially wanted a lead of 100 just to get a result in the game but feels that this was a bonus. Gets emotional when asked about going past Crowe's 17 centuries and says it would have made him proud. He signs off by saying that they want to pick up early wickets on Day 5 and they don't mind chasing 40-50 runs in the final innings if that happens. Finally, he also adds that this surface is still less green than the Hobart one that he played on in the past.
The day belonged to Ross Taylor. He made his 18th ton in Tests, going past his role model and former hero, Martin Crowe. He converted it into a double century and along with the company of Williamson and Nicholls, he set a lead of 221 runs over the away side. Trent Boult started off the second innings on a super note with a second-ball wicket of Tamim Iqbal. That rocked the visitors and they lost 2 more wickets until Stumps. Mohammad Mithun and Soumya Sarkar are unbeaten right now and will look to come on Day 5 and bat a long time if their team is to have any hopes. Just before you go though, a special interview comes your way!
What a Test match we have witnessed here at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. 2 days washed out, 2 days of super-fast Test cricket. Day 4 started with the hosts, New Zealand starting at 38/2 in pursuit of Bangladesh's 211. They provided a batting masterclass as they attacked and attacked adding 394 runs to their overnight score, 200 of which came of Ross Taylor's bat. They ended up declaring with a lot of time left in the final session and they even managed to pick up 3 wickets in the 2nd innings of the visitors. The lead is still 141 and the hosts will be more than hopeful of claiming a victory on Day 5 provided the weather remains good like it did on Day 4 all day long!
Trent Boult is back into the attack.
Neil Wagner, the hero of the first innings, to bowl now.
Soumya Sarkar walks in at number 5.
Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack.
Matt Henry is into the attack.
Mohammad Mithun walks in next.
Tim Southee to bowl from the other end.
Mominul Haque comes in at no. 3.