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New Zealand will push for a lead when play begins on Day Four © Getty Images
New Zealand will push for a lead when play begins on Day Four © Getty Images

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Four of the third Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hagley Oval, Christchurch. I am Rohan Sawant and I will bring you all the updates of the day’s play. Entire Day Three was washed out due to rain with New Zealand at 260 for 7, still trailing Bangladesh by 29 runs with 3 wickets in hand. Henry Nicholls is till batting on 56 along with Tim Southee, who is unbeaten on 4. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham too had struck half-centuries earlier, but some tight bowling from the Bangladesh bowlers has kept them in the game after they were bowled out for 289 in their first innings. Live Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs New Zealand, 2nd Test Christchurch

Shakib-al-Hasan has been the pick of the Bangladesh bowlers with 3 wickets. Medium pacer Kamrul Islam too bowled well and has 2 scalps to his name as well. Rain is expected to play spoilsport once again on Day Four. If that happens, this match is most likely to end in a draw, unless something dramatic happens. Bangladesh’s first task will be to bowl out New Zealand as early as possible before they take a lead. New Zealand on the other hand will look to get a lead of around 50 or so and put the Bangladesh batsmen under pressure.

With the bat, it was Soumya Sarkar with 86 and Shakib-al-Hasan with 59, who had ensured that Bangladesh get a respectable total on the board. Tim Southee and Trent Boult were exceptional with the ball, sharing 9 wickets between them.

One Day One, New Zealand had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Bangladesh were forced to make a couple of changes. Their skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and opener Imrul Kayes suffered injuries and as a result had to sit out. This paved way for Soumya Sarkar to return to the opening slot. Bangladesh also handed out debuts to Nazmul Hossain and wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan. New Zealand did not make any changes from the first Test, which they won by 7 wickets.

Playing XI

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Jeet Raval, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, BJ Watling (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal (c), Soumya Sarkar, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Nurul Hasan (wk), Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain, Kamrul Islam Rabbi