Tamim Iqbal departed for 25    Getty Images
Tamim Iqbal departed for 25 Getty Images

Day Four turned out to be the most exciting of all the days so far in the first Test at Wellington between Bangladesh and New Zealand. Both teams had their moments, which could have tilted the game in their favor heading into the final day of play. New Zealand, thanks to brilliant batting by Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, posted 539 runs in their first innings giving Bangladesh a lead of a mere 56 runs after the tourists had piled up a mammoth 595 for 8 declared. Bangladesh, in their second innings, batted with caution to pile on runs but could not stop the Kiwi bowlers from making inroads, heading into stumps the visitors were 66 for 3 leading the BlackCaps by 122 runs.

New Zealand did not opt to declare during the tea break as speculated by the cricket pundits. They came out with a clear intent in the final session. Neil Wagner in particular after getting hit on the helmet and body, took charge on the Bangladeshi bowlers, bringing out the pull and hook shots. Mitchell Santner completed his second Test half-century in the first over after tea to get a resounding applause from the crowd present at Basin Reserve. Santner s fifty came off 74 balls.

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Wagner continued to play with fire, getting hit on the head and chin off mistimed pull shots. Wagner eventually perished after playing the hook shot as he lobbed a top edge right into the hands of the wicketkeeper for 18. With this catch Imrul Kayes became the first ever substitute wicketkeeper to pick five catches in a Test.

Trent Boult, who came out in place of Wagner, opened his account with a lip-smacking on-drive for a four. With nothing to lose, Santner chanced his bat against Bangladeshi bowler to come out on top most of the times. Santer, during his knock, went past his highest score in Tests via a six over mid wicket region.

Santner did not last much getting bowled off Subahsis Roy for 73. Santner went for the pull shot, got a bottom edge and on to his stumps. Subashis with this picked up his second international Test wicket.

New Zealand were all out for 539 runs giving Bangladesh a lead of 56 runs. Tom Latham was the highest scorer of the New Zealand innings with 177, followed by Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls, both of whom ended up scoring 53. Kamrul Rabbi picked 3 wickets while Subashish Roy, Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan ended up picking 2 apiece.

In reply, Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes got Bangladesh to a cautious start. There was some sad news for Bangladesh as opener Kayes suffered a freak injury while diving for a single. Kayes was carried off the stretcher, which saw him retire-hurt for 24. Mominul Haque came out in the middle.

Tamim too departed for 25 after Santner cleaned him up for 25. Tamim tried to run the ball down the third-man but missed it completed, to have his leg stump clipped on its way to the wicketkeeper. Mahmudullah came out at No. 4. He too did not stay long as BJ Watling caught him for 5. Wagner strayed down the leg side to which Mahmudullah leg-glanced the ball straight into the keeper s glove.

A mix-up between night watchman Mehedi Hasan and Mominul meant the former was run-out for 1 after a superman throw by Santer that hit the wickets on the full. Mehedi’s wicket called for stumps to be taken with Bangladesh on 66 for 3, leading New Zealand by 122 runs, with Mominul unbeaten on 10.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 595 for 8 decl. & 66 for 3 (Mominul Haque 10*, Tamim Iqbal 25, Imrul Kayes 24 (retire hurt); Neil Wagner 1 for 15 ) lead New Zealand 539 ( Kane Williamson 53, Tom Latham 177; Kamrul Islam Rabbi 3 for 87) by 122 runs.