New Zealand pacers will have to get the remaining wickets quickly on final Day    Getty Images
New Zealand pacers will have to get the remaining wickets quickly on final Day Getty Images

Day Four of the first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand saw some enthralling cricket being played. The Basin Reserve at Wellington was treated to all kinds of emotions, from anguish to pain to joy to sadness in a span of three sessions. New Zealand were bundled out for 539 after Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner piled runs at will. Bangladesh, on the other hand, saw some inspired bowling by Mahmudullah and Kamrul Rabbi Islam that enabled Bangladesh a 56-run lead. In their second outing, Bangladesh are placed at 66 for 3 with an overall lead of 122 runs over New Zealand.

Day Five from Bangladesh s perspective:

It is clear that the match could be on the cusp of the visitors if they bat with the same intent as the first innings. With Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Sabbir Rahman waiting in the wings they can drop an anchor anytime they feel like. To their advantage, there are no demons in the pitch that they should be worried about.

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Mushfiqur will be a handicap for Bangladesh, as his finger injury would curb his stoke-play. Imrul Kayes, who kept wickets before retiring hurt on Day Four, will in all likelihood not feature in the game anymore. Another 150 or 200 runs can almost ensure that Bangladesh would not lose the game.

But will they declare?

Day Five from New Zealand s perspective:

New Zealand s bowlers somewhat pulled back the game in their tide after a fierce spell late in the evening on Day Four saw them topple 3 Bangladesh wickets. With a bit of cloud cover and a new ball in hand, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and a wounded Neil Wagner would want to make Bangladesh batsmen dance to their tunes. If they can bundle out Bangladesh inside another 100 runs it can open the match wide open.

New Zealand have an entire arsenal to chase down any total ranging from 200-230 in a span of 60 overs. With the pitch still producing runs at ease Kiwis can very pull off a phenomenal win.