Bangladesh ends 3rd day with 73 runs lead at 401/6...

Bangladesh ends 3rd day with 73 runs lead at 401/6

 Sports Correspondent

 Published: 12:52 PM, 3 January 2022  

Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque, Liton Das

Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque, Liton Das

Mahmudul Hasan Joy, Mominul Haque and Liton Das were on the verge of scoring their first centuries against New Zealand on thier home ground. However, everyone has returned to the dugout with regret although they were near centuries. And so even after finishing the third day with a lead of 73 runs, Bangladesh may start tomorrow with suppressed regrets.

At the end of the third day of the Mount Maunganui Test, Bangladesh scored 401 runs for 6 wickets. New Zealand were all out for 328 in the first innings and the Tigers had a lead of 73 runs.

Bangladesh started the third day with 175 runs for 2 wickets. On the day, the morning session was ruled by New Zealand. Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson tested the guest batsmen in tight bowling. It can be said that Bangladesh had to struggle hard to get a run. 

Bangladesh scored only 45 runs in 26 overs in the first session. Joy who scored 70 runs on the second day returned to the dugout in Wagner’s ball by adding 8 runs on the third day.

Mushfiqur Rahim struggled hard to get a run, however, it did not help. After settling down, he returned to the dressing room with a gift of wickets to Boult. Before this, he scored 12 runs.

Meanwhile, another unbeaten batsman of the previous day, Mominul fought hard to survive. He played 29 balls to take his first run. Then got life twice in 1 run interval. First, Jamison dropped Mominul’s return catch. Then he again survived by giving a catch in a no-ball.  

However, later, Mominul and Liton put up a strong resistance. The pair added 87 runs without losing any wicket in the second session. Mominul and Liton kept the scoreboard of the team active with perfect batting. They did not give the Kiwis any chance.

The visiting Bangladesh got the lead in the first innings due to the determination of the two. The Tigers took the lead in the first innings after winning the toss and fielding for the first time outside Asia, surpassing New Zealand’s 327 runs.

Mominul picked up his 15th-fifty of Test cricket in that series. This is his second fifty on the New Zealand ground. Earlier in 2017, he had scored 64 runs in Wellington. Despite being on the verge of a century, his innings stopped today with 88 runs.

Mominul misunderstood the line of the ball inside Trent Boult. The umpire did not take time to point the finger at the Kiwi pacer’s LBW request. Tiger captain could not live with the review.

Shortly afterward, Liton Das, who got his first fifty against New Zealand, also returned to the dugout. The right-handed batsman was in orbit to turn his 11th Test fifty into a century. But he gave a catch in the 86 runs to the wicketkeeper, chasing the ball out of Trent Boult.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz spent the rest of the day with Yasir Ali. Both are unbeaten on 20 and 11 runs respectively. Trent Boult and Neil Wagner both took three wickets each.