Bangladesh has put New Zealand in the face of a big disaster. On the fifth day of the Mount Manganui Test, the Kiwis will have to bat from just 16 runs ahead. The bigger problem is that there will be only 5 wickets in hand. But is Bangladesh on the way to a historic victory?
Ross Taylor is only New Zealand 'expert' batsman to survive, hitting 36 off 101 balls. Taylor could have been sent to the dressing room if the Bangladeshi fielders had been a little more aware. The veteran batsman, who came down to play the last Test series of his career, got his life twice. Once Sadman Islam could not take his easy catch with the ball of Mehdi Hasan Miraj. Then, strangely enough, he escaped being run out.
Taylor added an average of 63 runs with Will Young. That would not have happened. Bangladesh also dropped Young's catch for 13 runs. Now Taylor and young Rachin Rabindra are the big hope of New Zealand. Tomorrow, on the fifth day, these two will not only have to survive, they will also have to take the run forward, but it will also be difficult to make the goal of Bangladesh
The cricket world, of course, is watching Bangladesh win. Even the New Zealand media is saying the same thing. However, whether Bangladesh can make history at Mount Manganui depends entirely on the bowling of the Bangladeshi bowlers on the morning of the fifth day and the successful advance of the Bangladeshi batsmen towards the target. If they win the match, it will be Bangladesh's first victory on New Zealand soil. And the fact that the current Test cricket world champions have won on their own soil is a big thing for Bangladesh cricket, a moment to make history, it goes without saying.
The fifth day seems difficult for most of New Zealand. The reason is clear, they do not have many wickets. Most of the people who are there are tailenders. Ross Taylor with Rachin Rabindra, Trent Bolt, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner. All reliance is on Taylor. But he is also batting very well, not that. As long as he is on the wicket, he did not feel very confident. But it should not be forgotten that Taylor is one of the best cricketers in New Zealand cricket, the best batsman. And such players make a platform to give their best in such a situation. With New Zealand in the position of Mount Manganui Test, Taylor will definitely want to save the country rate with his best. But New Zealand's biggest problem tomorrow is keeping the wicket and balancing the runs.
The eyes of the rest of the cricket world are also on Mount Manganui. Everyone seems to have another level of performance of Bangladesh as a team of the subcontinent. Netizens are praising the Bangladesh team in various ways on Twitter. Definitely, they want a historic victory of Bangladesh. Bangladesh's victory against the world champions of Test cricket may be a great advertisement for dormant Test cricket.
Famous cricket commentator Hersha Vogle yesterday praised Liton Das in his tweet. Even today he tweeted about the Mount Manganui Test. He writes, ‘Mount Manganui is making new history. (If we can win the test) it will be a big deal for Bangladesh. They batted firmly. Now they are moving towards victory with pace bowling. '
Is Bangladesh really on the way to victory?