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New Zealand showed Bangladesh in ‘Mirpur cricket’

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After Bangladesh’s batting failure in the second innings, the chances of winning were greatly reduced. But the hope of Bangladesh is that the wicket is Mirpur’s wicket. But in the second and last Test of the series in Mirpur today, New Zealand showed that they have also learned the cricket of Mirpur. New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 4 wickets with aggressive batting in Mirpur. The series ended with a 1-1 draw.

Bangladesh made a sporting wicket in Sylhet and won the series by 150 runs and could not win the series again in Mirpur!

With a target of 137, a pair or two would be enough for New Zealand. After the mid-day break, Bangladesh gave New Zealand a chance to win in Mirpur. Kane Williamson’s departure as second batsman for 24 saw New Zealand lose the fifth wicket for 51, with sixth batsman Daryl Mitchell also returning to leave the team on 69. But in the over after the fall of the fifth wicket, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, whose catch was missed by slip, Glenn Phillips suffered Bangladesh for the second time in the match. Phillips and Mitchell Santner’s unbroken 70-run partnership in the seventh wicket defeated Bangladesh. Phillips was unbeaten on 40 off 48 balls with 4 fours and 1 six, Santner scored 35 runs off 39 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.

The duo came in just 77 balls. That is, on this pitch it is not possible to play according to the grammar of the front foot, it is difficult to prevent the ball falling suddenly up or down on the pitch – even for the set batsman – New Zealand has followed the mantra of aggression. After Phillips and Santner in the seventh wicket, New Zealand had no batsmen to speak of. Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee and Ajaz Patel are the three main bowlers. To be the aggressor, therefore, Phillips and Santner had to be in the seventh wicket. Because if the run gap narrows in the attack of the two then one gets out but the other can at least make it to the last leg – that seemed to be the Phillips-Santner plan from the start of the pairing.

The two are very successful in that plan. Bangladesh could not break this pair. Tried a lot, wasted time and again with reviews. But the two could not be swayed. New Zealand played better cricket than Bangladesh and won the test in Mirpur.


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