Otis Gibson (Photo: Collected)
The batsmen had already created fear of the match. Taskin Ahmed-Ebadat Hossain had to do the rest. And they have done it very well. Especially in one spell of worship, the middle order of New Zealand has become landlocked. The right-handed pacer finished the day by taking 4 wickets alone and leaving Bangladesh Shibir in comfort.
After dismissing New Zealand in the first innings, Bangladesh were all out for 456 in their first innings. With a 130-run lead, the batsmen set the stage for the Taskin-worshipers. And worship spread the ball light on that stage.
In the last hour of the last session, Ebadat sent 3 New Zealand batsmen back to the dressing room between the two overs. He traps Tom Blundell in lbw, bowling Will Young and Henry Nichols.
The pacer also dismissed Devon Conway in the same manner. At the end of the day, losing 5 wickets, the hosts collected 146 runs. The Kiwis have a lead of 16 runs with 5 wickets in hand. So now Bangladesh is waiting for something big on the last day.
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Otis Gibson thinks that maybe the New Zealand batsmen did not take the Bangladesh fast bowlers seriously. That is why they have been ruined. He also praised the manner in which Ebadat-Taskin bowled in a disciplined manner.
Gibson said, ‘I don’t really know. We rely on spin a lot more. If the wicket speaks for them then they will take the wicket. But Miraj bowled a lot. And the pacers were great. ‘
“Maybe the New Zealand batsmen didn’t take us seriously or lightly,” he said. “We were disciplined. What the bowlers have done in the last two days is really great for me as a bowling coach.”
Bangladesh has so far failed to win any of the 32 matches on New Zealand soil in 3 formats. However, after 20 years, the visitors are getting the fragrance of victory in Mount Manganui.
So the whole team is aware of this. Gibson said Bangladesh does not want to be overconfident. He thinks the match is still a long way off.
“We can assure you that we are aware of this,” he said. We have to hear this every time. Even then we will not be overconfident. The main task of the medical team will be to keep the boys alive. Ebadat bowled a very long spell today. Taskin has also bowled for a long time. So it is important to keep them fresh by tomorrow. ‘
“And when we get down to bowling tomorrow, our goal will be to bowl in the same order, our attitude will be the same. As in the last two hours of today. Even then we will not make ourselves more confident. We know the big test ahead. We will try to take it simply. Our goal will be to take wickets by bowling in line-length. Let’s see what is waiting for us in the end match. ‘
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