Bay Oval, January 4: Crucial late-order runs and the work of Bangladesh’s fast bowlers lead by Ebadot Hossain have put the tourists in front on day four at the Bay Oval.
Resuming at 401/6, Yasir Ali and Mehidy Hasan Miraz built on their partnership, adding an extra 44 runs before Tim Southee broke the partnership with the third new ball. Frustrating the home side with vital runs and moving the lead past 100, Miraz attempting to continue the assault could only muster an outside edge off Tim Southee, handing Tom Blundell a catch on 47.
It brought Taskin Ahmed out to bat for the tourists, and New Zealand, despite the flurry of runs in the previous partnership, were clinical in removing the tail. Yasir Ali was caught down the leg-side off the bowling of Kyle Jamieson for 26, before Taskin (5) and Shoriful Islam were claimed in quick succession. Taskin was adjudged lbw for Southee’s second, before Shoriful was clean bowled for Trent Boult as the left-armer’s fourth wicket.
130 runs behind, Young and Tom Latham survived a three-over siege from Bangladesh’s attack, though Latham was brought undone early in the second session by Taskin, who continued with ferocity after the break. Latham played Taskin’s delivery on for 14, bringing Devon Conway out to the wicket.
Conway was bogged down by a disciplined bowling effort, and was eventually undone by the pace of Ebadot Hossain, thanks to a clever piece of fielding from Shadman Islam diving forward at first slip.
Young ticked over fifty for the second time in the match running a ball to third man, also combining in a fifty-run partnership with Ross Taylor in his final Test innings at the Bay Oval.
Taylor and Young brought up the milestone before the final drinks break, though Ebadot would not be stopped in his inspired performance.
The quick cleaned up Young for 69 and Henry Nicholls (0) in the same over, before sparking fear in New Zealand with the wicket of Tom Blundell, who also departed without scoring.
New Zealand ended the day on 147/5, with their lead standing at only 17, setting. up a riveting final day of contest at the Bay Oval.