New Zealand test skipper Tim Southee slammed the pitch at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, calling the wicket the “worst” he has seen in his career after the Blackcaps drew the two-match Test series with Bangladesh. Thirty batsmen were dismissed by spinners as 36 wickets fell in 178.1 overs of play – the third-lowest number of balls bowled in a Test (1069) for that many wickets to fall – and Southee felt the pitch was too friendly to bowlers, creating an uneven contest.
“It’s probably the worst wicket I’ve come across in my career. The balance between bat and ball was heavily favored in the bowler’s hands. I think it reflects that the match is over in 170 overs. So for our It was a great pleasure to fire away and then come away with the win,” Southee was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“I think it was just a tough Test match. It was a tough wicket. Runs were hard to come by and just the little moments and partnerships throughout were crucial, whereas in other matches I think when the conditions are a bit more even between bat and ball they don’t get noticed that much,” he added.
“When we play Tests, we are not here to improve. This is not a place to practice. We are trying to win the Test. We have to prepare to win the Test, but we should take this kind of advantage. We can prepare us in first class cricket by trying good wickets we should prepare wickets like these and wickets like away conditions in NCL [National Cricket League] or BCL [Bangladesh Cricket League]Shanto said.
When asked if the pitch in Sylhet for the first Test, which stretched into the final day, gave the team a “home advantage”, Shanto pointed out that bowlers suffered there.
“It was not a very helpful wicket for bowlers in Sylhet. Bowlers had to work hard for their wickets. There was little help for both bowlers and batters. We did not bat well in Dhaka. We should have scored 230-240 runs in the first innings. The wicket looked bad because we got 172. New ball was a challenge but it’s the same anywhere in the world. It was no different here but we could have avoided this situation if we batted better in the first innings, ” he said.
New Zealand leveled the two-match Test series against Bangladesh by claiming victory in the second match within four days on Saturday at the Shere Bangla National Stadium and the Test series at 1-1.
Glenn Phillps once again stole the show as the batsman scored 40* off 48 balls and stitched a crucial unbeaten 70-run partnership with Mitchell Santner. The Tigers began the day with a score of 38/2 with the spinner duo Ajaz Patel and Mitchell Santner combine for eight scalps.
The 35-year-old orthodox left-armer finished the second innings with six wickets while Santner added three wickets to his kitty. Zakir Hasan’s 59 propelled Bangladesh to a score of 144 in 35 overs. New Zealand had a slim lead of 8 runs at the end of the first innings, as a result, the Kiwis set out to chase a target of 137.
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