About the Match
No one had given Bangladesh much of a chance when they were put into bat by Kane Williams on a green, Wellington pitch. Their first-day heroics might also have been flippantly labeled as fortuitous but the supreme batting performance on Day 2 would have been applauded unanimously. New Zealand will be under real pressure now as they try and make their way back into this test.
Day 3 Preview
Bangladesh made the most of some excellent batting conditions to score a mammoth 542 for 7 by the close of day 2. It required a maiden double century by Shakib and a 159 from Mushfiqur Rahim to reach those heights as well as some indifferent bowling from New Zealand.
The first question now ahead of Bangladesh is whether they would look to declare overnight and thus have the roller of their choice on Day 3 or they would want to try and reach 600. If they do decide to bat on then they have a very capable Sabbir Rahman on the crease to bat with the tail and the possibility of them adding another 50 odd runs cannot be ruled out.
If Sabbir does get out early though then expect Bangladesh to declare and being their bowling stint. Here is the thing, though. This Wellington pitch has flattened out beyond anyone’s expectations and the two days of cricket have left barely a dent on it.
This coupled with the small ground dimensions, the lightening fast outfield, and the inexperienced Bangladesh attack leads us to confidently predict that this avalanche of runs is going to continue.
Taskin Ahmad and Subhashis Roy, the two Bangladeshi bowlers expected to take the new ball are making their debut. Bangladesh likes to pick fast bowlers that have a bit of pace about them even if they do not have too much of first class experience and so it is difficult to predict how things eventually turn out.
In all probability, the New Zealand batsmen should be rewarded with plenty of scoring opportunities if they see off the first few overs with patience. The two spinners, Mehedi Hasan and Shakib Al Hasan will also get a prolonged spell at some time tomorrow but they should not expect too much out of the surface.
By putting on such a massive total in the first innings, Bangladesh bowlers will have the luxury of going for wickets even if they leak runs and the New Zealand batsmen will have the scoreboard pressure on them at all times.
The New Zealand batting lineup has two promising young openers, Ross Taylor returning from eye surgery and a middle order that can be put under pressure. A few rash shots or some luck going Bangladesh’s way and anything could happen.
We would back one of the openers, Latham or Raval to go and make a big score
with the others chipping in as well.
Taskin Ahmad will be the bowler to watch out for from Bangladesh along with the hugely impressive Mehedi Hasan.
Anything less than a victory would be unacceptable for New Zealand although their first innings bowling effort has not left them many options. A Draw seems the most likely outcome at this point in time