Bangladesh 234 and 310 for four (Soumya 123*, Mahmudullah 65*, Boult 2-84) path New Zealand 715 for six dec by 171 runs
It hasn’t but reached the epic proportions of Angelo Mathews and Kusal Mendis batting all day in Wellington, and the means adopted have been slightly completely different, however Soumya Sarkar and Mahmudullah gave Bangladesh loads of motive to cheer with their defiance in Hamilton. A wicketless first session on day 4 stretched their fifth-wicket partnership to 184, with Soumya finishing a rollicking maiden Check century alongside the way in which.
In a session of fireside assembly fireplace, Bangladesh scored their runs at four.69 per over, and diminished their deficit from 307 firstly of play to 171 at lunch.
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Soumya took solely 94 balls to achieve his hundred – it was the joint-quickest by a Bangladesh batsman, alongside Tamim Iqbal’s effort at Lord’s in 2010 – and the tempo of his scoring had every thing to do together with his clear-headed response to New Zealand’s short-ball ways. In a primary hour filled with bouncers from Neil Wagner and Trent Boult, each left-armers altering their angle of assault continuously, Soumya saved stepping again and throughout and saved hooking, ignoring the leg-side boundary riders.
He wasn’t at all times in management – he went to lunch with an total management share of 78, and 67 towards Wagner – however he did not waver from his plan. Sixty-five of his 123 runs, consequently, got here behind sq. on the leg aspect, as did eight of his 16 fours and 4 of his 5 sixes.
Mahmudullah was slightly extra selective in his method, ducking and weaving out of the way in which of the bouncers or hopping to get on prime of the bounce and maintain the ball down, and solely often rolling his wrists over a pull or hook.
By the point New Zealand made their first bowling change of the day, Boult and Wagner had conceded 57 runs off 11 overs. If their bowling was slightly one-dimensional, it had quite a bit to do with the pitch, which, like most surfaces in these components over current years, has change into progressively flatter because the match has gone on.
It is not a coincidence that the visiting aspect has been bowled out in lower than 100 overs within the first innings of every of the 4 earlier Checks performed in New Zealand because the begin of 2018, and that they’ve every time managed to breach the 100-over mark within the second innings. Bangladesh are nicely on their solution to persevering with that development.
The tempo of scoring slowed considerably within the second hour of the session, however Soumya and Mahmudullah batted with way more management towards the extra typical lengths of Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme and the legspin off Todd Astle. It will need to have dissatisfied New Zealand that Astle, solely used for 2 overs on day three, failed to offer any actual management, sending down loads of free balls in a nine-over spell that went for 46 runs. Each batsmen additionally used their toes to hit him for a six apiece, Mahmudullah citing his fifty in that method.