Neil Wagner starred with the ball, scalping 4 wickets conceding 28 runs, as New Zealand bundled out Bangladesh for 211. @Twitter/Blackcaps

In what was a twelve-wicket day in the second New Zealand versus Bangladesh Test in Wellington, Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner starred with the ball, scalping 4 wickets conceding 28 runs, as the hometeam bundled out the visitors for 211 before losing the openers Jeet Raval and Tom Latham at the close of play.

While Sunday was the third day of the second Test as per the schedule, it ultimately was the opening day of the match after the first two days were washed out. Although Tamim Iqbal scored 74 opening the innings, Wagner’s four and Trent Boult’s three-wicket haul did not allow Bangladesh to score big.  (ALSO READ: 2nd Test: New Zealand lose openers after Wagner, Boult topple Bangladesh)

Wagner used the short-ball to perfection to derail the Bangladesh’s innings at the Basin Reserve.

Reflecting on the day’s play and how Wagner’s performance, Liton Das, who scored 33, said, “We know that the short ball will be here, and actually, there is nothing we can do about it.”

“The only thing that can be done is to play him with all our attention, with all our emphasis being on leaving out his deliveries (rather than trying to work it). We are then probably likely to succeed against him,” added Das.

Das also highlighted that Bangladesh will need to restrict New Zealand from scoring freely. While Kane Williamson is coming in this on the back of a double hundred in the first Test, the likes of Ross Taylor can score at a brisk pace. (ALSO READ: Result ‘definitely possible’ – Neil Wagner)

”Tomorrow’s first hour will be very important because we are still in a good position and if we pick one or two wickets before the end of the first session, it will be good for us,” said the Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman.

”But we must make sure that they cannot score freely because that will determine the outcome of the game. We have to concentrate on ‘keeping them at low-score’ and if we manage to do that only then we may get success.”

”Both Rahi and Ebadat were bowling well. They will be successful if they bowl into the right place in these wickets. Everyone knows that if the conditions and wickets are green, then the bowlers always feel encouraged and it seems this wicket will stay the same in the next two days,” he added.

Das also spoke about his innings and on how he is playing different roles in different formats.

“Look, I am playing a new role now,” said Liton before adding, ”I have opened during the previous ODIs and now I am playing in the Tests as a keeper batting lower down the order. ‘I just need to do batting emphasizing on its technicality.”

Das also made it clear that his team’s batsmen will need to apply themselves if they want to be successful like Tamim, who was Bangladesh’s top run-scorer in the first innings for the second Test and notched up his third fifty in this series.

”We had never played in such types of whether. It was difficult for me… actually not only for me, we all had the same trouble,” he said. ”Bowlers are getting help from the wicket so the batsmen need to bat more carefully because only then they are likely to be successful. The conditions are favorable for the pace bowlers, as they obviously get a little help from such type of green wickets, but still a batsman can earn success by concentrating deeply.

”At least Tamim Bhai’s batting proves that,” concluded Das.

Brief scores: New Zealand 38/2 (Kane Williamson 10*, Ross Taylor 19*; Abu Jayed 2/18) trail Bangladesh 211 all out (Tamim Iqbal 74; Neil Wagner 4-28, Trent Boult 3-38) by 173 runs.