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Bangladesh's woes vs the short ball
Difficult to believe this. Wagner has yet again struck with the short ball and he has picked up the prized scalp of Tamim. The southpaw, who looked in control of the proceedings, attempted to pull but could only top edge it to Southee who took a few steps from leg gully to grab the catch. Three batsmen have succumbed to the short ball strategy today.
The tried and tested formula of Wagner
Neil Wagner struck twice on the brink of Lunch break to lift New Zealand on Day 3 of their second Test against Bangladesh in Wellington. For Bangladesh, Tamim Iqbal cracked a fine unbeaten fifty as the visitors ended the session at 127 for 3.
After the first two days were washed out, rain finally relented on Day 3 as Kane Williamson won the toss and elected to bowl. However, on a track with a good covering of grass, Tamim cut, drove and pulled the able duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult to give the tourists a solid start.
The southpaw opener showed his intent in the first over of the innings with a crunchy drive wide of cover. In the sixth over, he cracked a couple more shots to the boundary hoardings to frustrate the home side. Shadman Islam also collected a few boundaries to keep the scorecard ticking over.
Meanwhile, both Southee and Boult were below par with the ball in their respective first spells. On occasions, the duo extracted enough nip off the surface to trouble the openers, but struggled for control. The pair also found little swing.
It was Matt Henry, arguably the best seamer in the morning session, who found enough movement off the pitch to put some pressure on Shadman and Tamim. Colin de Grandhomme also bowled with good discipline at the other end and eventually, was rewarded with the scalp of Shadman. The left-handed batsman played with hard hands and could only edge it to the slip cordon.
Despite losing his batting partner, Tamim continued to play with authority and soon reached his fifty by steering Henry to backward point for a single. Unfortunately for Bangladesh, they yet again couldn't find an answer to navigate through the short ball tactics of Wagner as they lost both Mominul Haque and Mohammad Mithun before the break.
After overturning a caught behind decision, Mominul was dismissed the very next ball when he eked out an edge to the 'keeper. During the last over of the morning session, Mithun too was adjudged caught behind. However, just like Mominul, he also placed his belief in the review and replays suggested it had taken the arm guard and the decision was rightly reversed.
Mithun, though, couldn't survive for much longer as the very next delivery he eked out an inside to BJ Watling behind the stumps. Both Mominul and Mithun were unsure of whether to take evasive action or employ the pull shot against Wagner's short deliveries and paid the price.
Meanwhile, Tamim reached his 27th Test fifty by knocking a delivery from Henrry to backward point. The southpaw opener has played with confidence and bravado.
De Grandhomme to the fore
Eventually, it was de Garandhomme who lifted the home side by removing Islam. He bowled it on a good length and found just enough nip to catch the edge with Taylor in the slip cordon pouching the catch. Islam paid the price for defending half forward. Some respite for the home team.
Tamim and enterprising strokeplay
Tamim is on a roll again. He cut, pulled and drove the New Zealand pace duo to the boundary boards. Meanwhile, Shadman Islam crunched a couple of drives. Brisk start for the visitors while Southee and Boult have been quite ordinary.
A few deliveries have nipped around with Boult generating swing a couple of times. However, it isn't darting around a lot. Tamim, in particular, found himself in trouble a couple of times and also played an airy fairy drive. Eventually, Boult bowled one short and wide with Tamim taking advantage of it by crunching one through backward point for a boundary. Decent start for the visitors.
Pitch report by Mark Richardson: This is a very very green wicket. It is grey overhead. It is little chilly too. The forecast is of showers all day. There are some brown areas on the wicket too. There is a little bit of moisture on the pitch. Groundsman has pumped more moisture in this pitch as he felt the last pitch against Sri Lanka dried out very quickly. It is going to move, it is going to be bowling friendly. But it will move slowly and it is likely to quicken up tomorrow.
Bangladesh (Playing XI): Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Mominul Haque, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah(c), Liton Das(w), Abu Jayed, Taijul Islam, Ebadat Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman
New Zealand (Playing XI): Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult
New Zealand win crucial toss
Well, New Zealand have won the crucial toss and opted to bowl. Good toss to win. With all the moisture seeping in, it could just help the pacers to seam it around. Henry comes in for the spinning-allrounder Astle.
After the first two days of the BAN-NZ were washed out, the prospects of play seem to be brighter for the third day. The covers have been peeled off and we might just have a scheduled start. The weather forecast also looks better. It has to be noted that even the toss hasn't taken place so far.
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