Mount Maunganui: Bangladesh has taken a 73 runs lead in the first Test against New Zealand with four wickets still in hands of the visitors before the teams went on to stumps.
Team Director of Bangladesh Cricket, Khaled Mahmud was full of praises for his team’s batting attack and laid out what they aim to achieve with the bat on Day 4. Mahmud was proud of the team’s batting performance and praised the execution of the players that helped them build their lead.
“Very good day for our test cricket history. It’s been challenging, but our process was excellent, the boys did a very good job. The execution was proper in the way we batted, we scored maybe 226 runs today while losing four wickets. The players have spent time between the wickets, and they have done a very good job,” he said.
Mahmud elaborated on the importance of the partnership between Mehidy Hasan and Yasir Ali, as they look to close out their stint with the bat tomorrow.
“Tomorrow morning is very important. We have 4 wickets to go, and this partnership is very important. I think Mehidy Hasan and Yasir Ali need to bat for a period of time tomorrow. We have a 73-run lead now, if we can add about 70 runs and bring it closer to 150, we’ll be in a good position,” he added.
New Zealand’s target of 328 was comfortably surpassed by Bangladesh and the Blackcaps will be looking to quickly end the Bangladesh innings and start their second innings. Depending on how long Bangladesh bats tomorrow, we may be circling towards a draw if both teams can’t end their second innings.
Bangladesh’s batting attack was helped by big scores from Mahmudul Hasan Joy (78), Najmul Hossain Shanto (64), Mominul Haque (88), Liton Das (86), and the forty-run partnership between Hasan and Ali to close out Day 3. Day 4 will be streamed live on Amazon Prime Video from 3:30 AM IST.
first published:Jan. 3, 2022, 4:02 p.m.