About the Match
The test match between New Zealand is poised very evenly after two days and both teams would fancy their chances of a win. Can Bangladesh continue to defy new Zealand on day 3 or will the blackcaps finally fight back?
Day 3 Preview
The second day of test cricket was all about punches and counterpunches. Bangladesh started off superbly with the new ball, however, their poor fielding once again let the home team off the hook. The two quick wickets of Jeet Raval and Kane Williamson though brought straight back into the match.
Latham and Taylor got good scores but failed to convert them into centuries, while de Grandhomme, Watling and Santner threw away their wickets.
Henry Nicholls is still batting on 56 with Tim Southee for company and New Zealand still trail Bangladesh by 29 runs.
If Bangladesh can produce the same quality of fast bowling that they did in the first session of Day 2 then the possibility of them taking a slender first innings lead is high. Tim Southee will not hold back and go for his shots. That could come off on a good day and fail miserably on most. Bangladesh must stick to their lines and grab any chances that come their way.
With only Neil Wagner and Trent Boult to follow, this New Zealand inning could wrap up very quickly indeed. Both Wagner and Boult usually bat in an aggressive fashion so New Zealand rushing off to a 50 something lead cannot be ruled out either.
Irrespective of which team takes a small lead, though, the real battle will come down to the second innings of Bangladesh. Soumya Sarkar played brilliantly in his first innings of Test cricket while Tamim Iqbal struggled.
Expect the New Zealand bowlers to go hard at the Bangladeshi batsmen once more but learn from their first innings performance and not rely solely on short pitched deliveries. Boult and Southee shared 9 wickets between them in the first innings and they will be the main threats this time again.
Back Southee and Boult to get 3 or more wickets each once again while Mitchell Santner should also get an extended run this time around.
For New Zealand, the main opposition wicket is going to be that of Shakib Al Hassan. His attacking batting has put their bowlers on the back foot every time he has got in and he could do the same once again. The problem for Bangladesh though is being consistent with their skills over the period of a test match.
All too often the Bangladeshi players play sublime cricket for short periods of time but are unable to repeat that in the second innings. Will they be able to handle the pressure with a series win within grasp or will they collapse once again?
New Zealand would be sorely disappointed at the manner in which they are being matched by Bangladesh. No one gave the visitors much chance in alien conditions and New Zealand may have got complacent.
The Kiwis are still favorites to win, although a good third day for Bangladesh could change that.