Good morning! Welcome back to the 2nd test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh, live from Christchurch! Having won the toss yesterday, kiwi skipper Kane Williamson elected to bowl first, and bowl New Zealand did. After having a quiet morning session, where the Bangladeshi batsmen were going at a healthy run rate of 4.7 for the loss of 2 wickets, the kiwi bowlers seemed to regain it all in the sessions post lunch, Bangladesh slipping from a comfortable 165-2, their best partnership, coming between Shakib (59) and Sarkar (86) to 179-5. Trent Boult picked up 4 wickets while Tim Southee got a fifer, and Bangladesh wound up their innings in the last ball of play on Day 1, ending with 289 runs on the board. New Zealand to bat this morning.
And play begins!
Ov 0.0: New Zealand openers Tom Latham and Jeet Raval take the crease! Raval’s on strike for the first ball of their innings. Taskin Ahmed to open the bowling for Bangladesh.
First ball’s a dot, length ball, defended by the batsman on the backfoot.
Just one run this over, the second innings is underway! Good pace from Taskin, clocking over the 140 kph mark. NZ 1-0 after 1!
Ov. 2: Bangladesh have one of their most exciting new cricketers bowling from the other end: spinner Mehendi Hasan (here’s looking at you, England) and this is the first over of spin in the whole match so far.
A tidy start from the youngster, he gives away 2 in his first. END of 2 overs, NZ 3-0!
2.1: FOUR runs! Taskin back with the ball and Latham the striker. Full toss, goes away from the off stump, yes please says Latham and creams it past point.
However, the rest of the over, Taskin keeps Latham quiet with some really good fuller, pacy deliveries. The batsman acknowledges his skill with a shake of a head.
End of 3, NZ 7-0!
Ov 4: Mehendi with the ball. He’s bowled a very tight challenging line so far, the batsman wouldn’t want to take him head on. He’s getting some turn now. He’s got two slips in place.
3.3: DROPPED. Mehendi accurate here, Raval edges one to second slip, Mahmadullah, who puts it down, in and out of the basket. Very tough chance, it was fast and low, but a chance that’s been put down.
The batsmen play it safe till the end of the over, it’s a maiden! End of 4, it’s 7-0!
Latham 5*, Raval 2. Mehendi 2-0, Taskin 5-0.
Over 5: 4, dot, dot, dot, dot, dot, is what this over looks like. The first delivery from Taskin, was pitched up and Latham the batsman dispatches it to the fence.
5 done, NZ 11-0!
Ov 6: Mehendi is really troubling the batsmen here with a generally short/full length and a line outside off. It’s a maiden, and Raval seemed uncomfortable there. Good stuff from Bangladesh. NZ 11-0 (6.0)
One run each off the next 2 overs. NZ 13-0 (8.0)
Ov. 9: Taskin’s the bowler.
8.1: Short, and defended by the batsman. Dot ball.
8.2: Nothing wrong from the bowler, and this would’ve been a dot if not for a hasty overthrow that’s added 2 runs to the New Zealand scorecard.
8.3: Full length becomes too full, and Latham just helps the ball on it’s way to the boundary. FOUR runs!
8.6: Pacy bouncer fuller one from Taskin, played down to backward point by Latham, but no run there.
At the end of 9 overs, NZ 19-0!
Latham 17(29)(3×4), Raval 2*(25) Taskin 0-16
Raval is seemingly to settle in, Latham’s playing it with the bowlers here.
Ov 10: Bangladesh are looking to capitalize on that and see if they might have a wicket here. Lots of hands out for Raval. Two slips and a lot of fielders at cover region.
9.3: 27 deliveries on, Raval finally finds his feet. He smacks a rare bad ball from Mehendi, short and wide, to the ropes. FOUR runs!
9.5: Another boundary to Raval! The ball doesn’t move much, and is wide enough for Raval to comfortably dispatch it.
9.6: Raval negotiates the last ball of the over well, hitting it to square leg for 2 runs, and that’s the 10-over mark!
10 overs up, NZ 29-0!
Raval 12(31)(2×4), Latham 17*(29)(3×4) Mehendi 0-13
Over 11: Nerves and excitement this over, with a boundary, a near mix-up, and a catch dropped. Taskin’s the bowler.
10.1: Single, and hardly worth the heart lurching. Latham guides the ball to third man area and calls for a single, the throw just missing the stumps. Test match here. Take it easy. Wickets are a lot more valuable than a single here, jeez, that’d be T20s!
10.2: This time, Taskin’s the one off who an opportunity’s been missed. Perhaps not even an uncertain ‘opportunity’, but a proper catch. He pitches it up to Raval and gets the outside edge, and Sabbir at 2nd slip puts it down. Is 2nd slip jinxed this morning?
[ I maintain that this is not a morning for me. 4:30 am, so what. Till the sun’s up, I’m pretty much on a night shift.]
10.4: Salt in the wounds, and Raval makes good of a reprive, pushing the fuller delivery past mid-off to the ropes! FOUR runs!
End of 11, NZ 34-0!
Over 12: Change of bowling at the other end. Rubel Hossain’s been introduced into the attack.
11.1: He begins his spell with a no ball that’s found it’s way to the ropes. Latham’s the batsman.
6 runs off this over, (including the extras) and NZ 40-0 after 12!
Who’s waiting for these rematches?! 3-0 last month in Australia wasn’t fun, New Zealand will be looking to turn things around in the NZ leg of the Chappel-Hadlee trophy next month! Good to see Guptill will be back from his injury.
Over 13: Taskin’s the bowler. A lone boundary to Tom Latham’s all the runs this over.
End of 13, NZ 44-0. Latham 27(41), Raval 16(38) Taskin 0-25
Over 14: Rubel Hossain’s getting the pace, bowling around the 140-mark and is getting the movement. Maiden over.
Over 15: Another bowling change for Bangladesh. Kamrul Rabbi is introduced into the attack.
14.2: And it works! Short ball to Raval, and he pulls it onto his stumps. wICKET for Bangladesh! Jeet Raval goes, b Kamrul 16 (45b 3×4 0x6)
With that, drinks have been called.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson walks in to bat.
14.3: Kane’s off the mark right away. He plays his shot off the backfoot, sends the ball down to square leg and takes 2 runs.
The 2nd innings of the last test saw the Blackcaps skipper smash a more than a run a ball 104* to take his team over the line.
14.4: But not this time, because Kamrul strikes again! Full length delivery, pitched right up and moving away from the batsman, a virtually unplayable delivery, and it gets the captain’s outside edge. ‘Keeper Nurul doesn’t drop this one, and this is a big big blow for the Blackcaps, who lose their second, just 2 balls after the first wicket fell! WICKET, and a huge one. Kane Williamson 2(2) c Nurul b Kamrul.
New Zealand 47-2!
Ross Taylor walks out at 4.
Dot and dot to finish the over, Bangladesh have just changed the equation of this game in an over!
Over 16: Rubel continues. Just 1 run conceded. NZ 48-2 after 16.
Over 17: Single and a boundary off Kamrul’s next over.
16.5: Latham pivots and pulls a shot past the square leg umpire that races away to the fence. This also brings up the Blackcaps 50. Took them a few overs longer than their opposition to get there.
NZ 53-2 after 17, NZ trail by 236. Latham 33, Taylor 0.
Over 18: Another maiden to Rubel Hossain!
Over 19: Bangladesh building on the pressure! Another maiden over ensues, Kamrul the bowler. Good stuff.
Over 20: Just 1 off Rubel’s over, but with a slightly unsettling happening.
19.3: Rubel pitches the ball short, but not as high as Latham was expecting. The ball hits his helmet and knocks the back protection off. Physios called on, but in a while, he’s fine.
NZ 54-2 in 20!
Over 21: Kamrul bowling.
20.1: Dot ball, Taylor simply pats the ball back to the bowler.
20.2: 3 runs taken! The ball was in the air for a while, but ends up just out of the reach of a pursuing fielder with outstretched hands.
20.4: Short ball with enough room to get comfortable, and Latham doesn’t waste it. He gets into position and punches a backfoot shot to the third man boundary. FOUR runs!
At the end of 21, NZ 61-2! Taylor 4, Latham 37. Kamrul 2-15(4) Rubel 0-8(5)
The Bangladeshi bowlers are bowling with impressive economies. Not an over so far has gone for more than 8 runs.
Over 24: Taskin’s been brought back on to bowl, very close to lunch. He’s bowling from the opposite end this time.
23.1: He begins with a wide ball.
He’s getting the seam, bowling fullish and gives away no more runs this over.
One over to lunch, who’s hungry? NZ 67-2 in 24 overs!
Over 25: Kamrul Rabbi the bowler.
24.1: full delivery, Taylor chooses to block this out and make it to lunch without any hiccups (and how that would ruin a well-deserved lunch).
24.2: Ditto, he blocks again.
24.3: Wide ball. It sails over Taylor’s head.
24.3: Defended and a dot.
24.5: ” “.
24.6: Bangladesh experiment with psychology, see if they can get a Taylor to waver in concentration with a ball to go for lunch. There’s three slips on for him. Yet only Brendon McCullum could place five.
Taylor plays a defensive shot to the covers, and it’s lunch!
NZ 70-2 in 25, trail by 219.
Ov 26: Rubel Hossain takes the ball post lunch.
25.3: Short and dispatched by Taylor. Punched off the backfoot, that races to the ropes! FOUR!
25.4 and 25.5 (is doing this considered cheating? I don’t know,): Dot and dot.
a single to end the over, NZ 76-2 (26.0)
ov 27: Kamrul takes up bowling from the other end. This over’s looking good for the Blackcaps!
|2 • 2 • 4 •| Pretty looking over for New Zealand, 8 runs off it, NZ 84-2!
Over 28: Tidy over from Rubel, just 3 runs off it, NZ 87-2.
Over 29: Kamrul’s coming fast and full, and the first four balls are dots.
28.5: FOUR! Tom swivels on the feet, pulls the ball away to the fence!
28.6: Back to back boundaries for Latham! Placement was all, putting the ball between the bowler and midfielder, Tom plays the straight drive, and the ball’s on it’s way home. Latham moves onto 48.
8 runs off the over, end of 29 overs, NZ 95-2! Latham 48(85)(9×4) Taylor 23(43)(3×4)
Ov 30: Bowling change, Shakib al Hassan is brought into the attack.
29.1: Late hit from Taylor, cramped for room, Bangladesh think there’s some pad involved and REVIEW! The replays show however, that there’s no pad involved whatsoever, the shot was off the middle of the bat! NOT OUT!
29.2: 3 runs taken, and this Latham-Taylor partnership is now worth 50 runs!
29.4: Latham on strike, and he runs the two runs to his 12th Test half century!
This also brings up New Zealand’s 100!
End of 30, NZ 101-2!
1 run the next over.
Over 32: Shakib’s the bowler.
31.6: SIX! And the first one of the innings too, it’s Ross Taylor! Taylor anticipates and pulls the ball, it goes over midwicket, sails away!
9 runs this over, NZ 111-2!
8 runs off the next over, with Latham smashing a wider Rubel ball for a boundary to third man!
34 ov: Bangladesh losing their stranglehold, as Taylor threatens to break free.
33.3: Taylor pushes the ball to the midfield and steals a quick single. Had the collect been quicker, may there have been a run out chance here?
33.4: Next ball overpitched to Latham, and punished! Outside off, and Latham steps forward and axes it to the deep for a boundary!
5 runs off the over, its 124-2!
35 ov: Big over for NZ! Taylor’s cut the cords and is striking freely, and to say that Rubel has been expensive is an understatement. Is this the turning point? Is 500+ a total in sight?
34.1: Taylor starts the over with a four! A higher ball, Taylor jumps to knock it down, gets a glove on it, but it races past the wicketkeeper to the ropes.
34.2: The following ball, Taylor shows his might! SIX runs! Wide and short, the ball is dispatched over point for a maximum!
34.4: Trouble for Bangladesh! Taylor now times the ball extremely well for a square drive for four, and that also brings up his quick fifty!
End of the 35th over, it’s cost Bangladesh 15 runs, the most they’ve conceded this innings, NZ 139-2!
New Zealand 1st innings
Batsman Runs Balls 4’s 6’s
JA Raval b Kamrul 16 45 3 0
TWM Latham n o 67 106 11 0
KS Williamson(C) † cNurul b Kamrul 2 2 0 0
Ross Taylor not out 63 75 6 2
Extras(w 3, nb 1) 4
Total (2 wickets; 37.5 overs)152(4.01 runs per over)
The next 2 overs yield 4 and 2 runs respectively.
Over 38: Mehendi is back into the attack, Bangladesh looking to plug the loopholes here.
A comparatively quieter over, but the runs still flowing as singles, doubles, triples. The fielding must tighten up, or Bangladesh could be setting themselves up for a 500+ NZ total.
The 100 run partnership is up too.
8 runs off the over, NZ 153-2!
Drinks have been called for.
Will NZ keep their vice-grip on the bowling attack post drinks?
Over 39: Taskin Ahmed comes back to have a bowl.
The first 3 ballsgo for no runs. Latham’s the striker.
38.4: Short ball to Latham, and he goes for it. Unneccessary, given the current run flow. He only manages an edge with the angle bat that the keeper picks up, and Taskin has broken the partnership that was threatening to run away with the game! He’s gone for 68, NZ 153-3.
Henry Nicholls is the new batsman, in at 5.
Taskin completes a wicket maiden, and the runs flow has stopped.
The next three overs yield 1 run apiece, commendable from Bangladesh, as well as a little mix up between Taylor and Nicholls. Ross Taylor has enough steam to coach New Zealand’s track team. All that running out must really keep him on his feet! He’s one of the better known runner-outs of the side: the one who’d either run himself, or his batting partner out every once in a while. Keeps you alert while batting, eh!
And that’s about it from me for today, NZ 169-3 in 47 overs, trailing Bangladesh by 120 runs.
||New Zealand 1st innings
||b Kamrul Islam Rabbi
||c †Nurul Hasan b Taskin Ahmed
||c †Nurul Hasan b Kamrul Islam Rabbi
||(3 wickets; 45.1 overs)
||(3.74 runs per over)
Day 3 was washed out completely in Christchurch and play was abandoned, presenting me a good Sunday’s sleep.
Day 4 was over before school ended.
In very brief, Bangladesh cleaned up the NZ tail for about a 100 runs, gave themselves about fifty runs of a deficit and then proceeded to collapse and hand New Zealand a target of 109 runs, which NZ pressed on for an extra 35 minutes of play and won with a day to spare.
NZ resumed play on 260-7 (71 ov.) with Nicholls on 56 and Southee on 4.
In the next 8 overs, New Zealand brought up their 300, with the loss of 7 wickets.
They wrapped up their innings with 354 in 92.4 overs.
Bangladesh began their 2nd innings fairly well with a 50 in 17 overs, for no wicket loss.
By the first drinks break, (22 overs) they’d lost 3 wickets already, and from there, it was a downward spiral.
By tea, about 10 overs to follow, the batting side had lost 5 wickets for a 100 runs.
Bangladesh finishing their innings 173 all out, for just 53 overs.
The only notable contributors to the score being Mahmadullah (38) and Soumya Sarkar (36), this was before Bangladesh’s landslide collapse.
Credit to the NZ bowlers, Boult, Southee and Wagner picking up 3 apiece with economy rates on the lower side of 3, Collin de Grandehomme scalping one, NZ now had 109 to chase for a clean sweep in the ANZ test series, and to maintain their record over Bangladesh in New Zealand: Bangladesh have never won a test here.
After tea, the only challenge for New Zealand was to finish the game before the end of the day. Reaching their fifty in just 11.1 overs, and losing only one wicket of Jeet Raval’s (33) and finishing the game in 18.4 overs, NZ 111-1.
Tim Southee took the Man of the Match award.
Thanks for making it through the whole test with me, (with a hell lot of bypassing) just a reminder, New Zealand’s next match is on 31st January, the first ODI against Australia in the New Zealand leg of the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, the first (Australia) leg of which was in early December, and of which New Zealand managed to lose all three. The rematch is naturally anticipated across both sides of the Tasman!