Sports Desk: At home or abroad, Bangladesh has never won a Test match against New Zealand. Success is a draw at home. Going to New Zealand and drawing that is like a distant mirage. That Bangladesh has now awakened the bright possibility of winning the Test on New Zealand soil.
Bangladesh are in the driver's seat at the end of four days of the first Test of the series at Mount Manganui Bay Oval. At the end of the fourth day of the match, New Zealand collected 146 runs for 5 wickets in their second innings. Their lead is now 18 runs, with 5 wickets in hand.
On the last day of the match on Wednesday, Bangladesh will get a historic victory if they can chase that target by quickly dismissing New Zealand. And for that we need another good session in bowling. Which will bring Bangladesh's first victory in the World Test Championship.
Bangladesh hoped to take a lead of 150 runs in the first innings. It didn't happen for a while. However, in the first Test of the year, the Bangladesh team got a big lead with a record average. Bangladesh's first innings stopped with 130 runs more than the host New Zealand. Mominul Haque's team holds the record for the second highest over batting in their history.
Bangladesh finished the day with 401 runs for 7 wickets. Today 58 more runs have been added to it. Mehdi Hasan Miraj scored 46 and Yasir Ali Rabbi 28 while the visitors were all out for 456 runs. This is the first time that the first eight batsmen of Bangladesh have set a record of playing 50+ balls on foreign soil.
Mehdi Hasan Miraj could have gone back to the toilet early on Tuesday. He saved his wicket with two reviews in seven balls. Miraj was first given a leg-out by Rachin Rabindra and Kyle Jamieson. Miraj survived the review twice.
After surviving twice in the beginning, Yasir and Miraj spent the first hour of the day watching. New Zealand, looking for wickets, took the third new ball from 160 overs. Success did not match that either. Yasir-Miraj Drishtinandan played some shots and crossed the lead of Bangladesh 100.
Miraj had to bat with sunglasses at one stage due to the extra heat in Mount Manganui. However, he also got tired and had to return all four balls to the dressing room. He raised hopes of fifty with a smooth bat. But Tim Southee did not allow him to do so.
The Saudis have been successful in Test cricket for a long time after Miraj was caught behind the wicket. Miraj made 46 off 6 balls with 7 fours before being dismissed. His farewell broke the seventh wicket partnership of 75 runs. After that Bangladesh was all out for 13 runs.
Yasir Rabbi's bat came off 28 balls with 28 runs. New Zealand's Trent Bolt took 4 wickets, Neil Wagner 3 wickets, Tim Southee 2 wickets and Kyle Jamieson 1 wicket.
New Zealand got off to a good start in the second innings after trailing by 130 runs. He added 25 runs in the first 6 overs of the innings. However, Taskin Ahmed bowled Latham for 14 in the ninth over. Before being dismissed, the Kiwi captain made 14 runs.
Ebadat then came on the attack and bowled well. He took a very good test of Young-Conway. Twice the ball hits the outside edge of Young's bat and passes through the slip zone. Once on his Thai pad, the ball bounced off Liton Das's gloves. Bangladesh is disappointed with the review.
However, in the 25th over of the innings did not have to be disappointed. Bangladesh made a strong leg-before appeal against Conway in the second ball of that over. However, the umpire did not respond. Bangladesh takes the review. Replay shows the ball hit the inside edge of the bat before hitting the pad.
But after hitting the pads, Sadman jumped to the front of the ball and flew towards the abusive area. As a result, even though it was not leg before, Bangladesh got caught out. As a result, the team broke the second wicket partnership for 63 runs. 13 runs came from Conway's bat.
Mehdi Hasan Miraj fooled another opener Will Young after one over. But wicketkeeper Liton could not take the ball to the inside edge of his bat in gloves. As a result, Young got a life of 31 runs and played 52 runs in the first innings.
Young and Ross Taylor spent the rest of the second season uninterrupted. In the third session also Bangladesh showed dominance in bowling. But there is immaturity in fielding and taking reviews. Bangladesh took a leg-before review as Young was caught behind the Thai pad and Taylor was in the middle of the bat. Neither of them matched the success.
Not only is the review a distraction, but the Tigers are also in the field. Taylor hit the ball to Mirage in the 42nd over of the innings. Sadman Islam had an easy catch in the deep mid wicket. But not understanding the flight of the ball, Sadman left it, Taylor survived by 16 runs.
Then came the golden opportunity to run out in the 50th over. Young-Taylor rushed for a quick run by pushing towards the point. But going to the middle pitch, both of them went back to their respective creases. At that moment, the ball turned Sadman's hand and went to the bowler's hand. But Ebadat failed to stamp it. As a result, Kiwi experienced batsman got another chance for 31 runs.
New Zealand surpassed Bangladesh's 130-run lead in the 52nd over of the innings. Immediately after that the storm of worship swept over them. Young, who scored 52 in the first innings, was heading for a century in the second innings. But in the second ball of the 54th over, Ebadat bowled him straight and sent him to the dressing room. Young's 182-ball innings stopped at 69 runs.
Ebadat made a strong leg-before appeal against new batsman Henry Nichols in the very next ball. However, the umpire did not respond. What's in it! Ebadat smashed Nichols' stamp in the delivery of the fourth ball of the over and immediately gave his third salute in the innings.
Bangladesh camp with two wickets in one over
Worship did not stop with the book of the canal of joy. In his next over, he trapped Tom Blandell in the leg before. Blandell could not save the wicket even with the review. Like Nichols, he could not open the run book.
In the fire of these two overs of Ebadat, New Zealand became the team of 137 runs for 5 wickets from 136 runs for 2 wickets. But then Ross Taylor and Rachin Rabindra did not let danger happen again. At the end of the day, Taylor is unbeaten on 36 and Rachin on 6.
In the last session, Ebadat took 3 wickets for 15 runs in 6 overs with the help of two maidens. So far, his bowling figure is 4 for 36. Which is his best bowling record in Test cricket.