NZ vs BAN, 1st Test: Key takeaways from Day 4
Bangladesh have the upper hand against hosts New Zealand in the first Test at the Bay Oval. The visitors resumed Day 4 on 401/6 after being placed at 175/2 on the previous day. The visitors were finally bowled out for 458 before New Zealand managed 147/5 at stumps in their second innings. NZ trail Bangladesh by 17 runs. Here are further details.
Bangladesh started the day with Yasir Ali and Mehidy Hasan going on to add a crucial 44-run stand. However, once Mehidy was dismissed, NZ claimed the remaining three wickets in quick succession. Mehidy ended with a score of 47 from 88 balls. Tim Southee picked up two scalps on Tuesday, with Kyle Jamieson and Trent Boult claiming one wicket apiece.
New Zealand openers added 29 runs before skipper Tom Latham was dismissed for 14. Latham chopped the ball onto his stumps as Taskin Ahmed drew first blood. The in-form Devon Conway was the next player to depart. Conway (13) added 34 runs alongside Will Young before getting an inside edge onto his pads to be caught. Ebadot Hossain got the crucial breakthrough.
Young continued to bat on and was part of a solid stand alongside veteran Ross Taylor. The two batted well and added 73 runs for the third wicket. Young ended up with a 69-run effort from 172 balls, showing a lot of craft. Taylor supported Young from the other end and worked hard for his 101-ball 37*.
Just when the Kiwis were going strongly, Bangladesh had a sudden burst. They picked up three wickets in no time. A poor shot selection by Young saw Ebadot Hossain strike. New Zealand then lost Henry Nicholls (0) and Tom Blundell (0). Ebadot got both these wickets. Nicholls played the wrong line to be bowled before Blundell was struck LBW.
Bangladesh dropped two vital catches early on the day. Both Young and Taylor were let down before they went on to add a significant stand. Liton Das dropped Young before Shadman Islam put down a dolly. This was a pivotal moment in the match.