The batsmen of both teams are not able to survive on the whirling pitch of soft clay. There was concern about the Test being extended over two days due to the unequal bat-ball competition. Nature has taken the responsibility of taking the Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand in five days in Mirpur.
The rain did not allow the game to be played for about one and a half days, today after the rain, the game was played a little bit, like the first day, the lack of light appeared again. In the second innings, after Bangladesh scored 38 runs for 2 wickets, the clock had just passed 2:45 when play was halted due to low light. After that, there was observation and discussion for one and a half hours. Finally, the umpires decided that it is not possible to play today. Tomorrow, the fourth day is scheduled to bring the play a bit further and start at 9.15 am. I mean, that’s the plan on paper, where nature puts that plan is a different matter.
Two unbeaten batsmen will start the day tomorrow for Bangladesh – opener Zakir Hasan (16*) and Muminul Haque (0*) who got just one ball before the end of the day’s play.
Bangladesh lost the third ball of the innings in Mirpur, opener Mahmudul Hasan, who suffered from discomfort in both innings, won the wicket. Joy scored 14 runs in the first innings in Mirpur after playing an innings of 86 runs at the sporting wicket in Sylhet. Joy returned with a slip caught by Ajaj Patel while playing the inside ball away from his body.
After that, captain Nazmul Hossain Shanto showed hope of forming a pair with Zakir. The duo’s 44-ball 35-run partnership also saw five boundaries. But Bangladesh suffered a major blow when Shant got out a ball before the game was stopped in low light. Shant, who was suffering from an injury, took a catch at mid-off from Southee and returned for 15 runs.
Bangladesh batted only 8 overs in the second innings. Today only 32 overs were played in the whole day. On the first day, 79 overs were played in low light, second day in rain, today is the third day, 32 overs in rain and low light. Mirpur saw only 111 overs of Test cricket in three days.
However, none of the two parties can be kept ahead and behind now. Bangladesh was all out for 172 runs on the first day, but before the end of the day, Bangladesh was going to be ahead as New Zealand lost 5 wickets for 55 runs. It is more likely than actual. On the first day in Mirpur, the ball moved a lot, the spinners showed power, New Zealand had to play the fourth innings on this pitch – all these were the reasons to keep Bangladesh ahead.
But when the game finally started today at 12 noon after the second day was washed out by rain, New Zealand played the way it should be played on this pitch. Here the ball bounces erratically, retaining the footwork and playing strictly according to grammar is difficult here. So here it is customary to score runs by beating. New Zealand did just that today under the leadership of Glenn Phillips. Phillips scored 87, before New Zealand were bowled out for 180.
8 runs behind, Bangladesh is struggling from the start. Bangladesh has taken the lead by 30 runs and has 8 wickets in hand. Bangladesh’s goal will be to give New Zealand at least 200 runs with this capital tomorrow morning, that is for sure.
What if the game starts properly tomorrow morning!