‘We want to pick up early wickets’ tomorrow, says Ross Taylor

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“If we can get them seven or eight down before the next new ball, I am sure that whatever the total is then, we will be satisfied”

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has announced that the Black Caps intend to “pick up early wickets” tomorrow after heavy rain brought play to an end earlier than expected on day one of the second Test in Mirpur.

However, with there being an 80 per cent chance of heavy rain tomorrow, it is highly likely that New Zealand’s plans will have to wait.

“The momentum was with us but we can’t control the weather,” Taylor said. “It’s probably still pretty evenly poised. The rain has given our fast bowlers an extra break and hopefully weather permitting, we can strike early and get them seven or eight down before the second new ball.

“The main focus is that our bowlers are still fresh and we want to pick up early wickets whenever we do get out there. As I said, if we can get them seven or eight down before the next new ball, I am sure that whatever the total is then, we will be satisfied considering Bangladesh won the toss.”

Bangladesh batsman Marshall Ayub, who was dismissed for 41, admitted that his side had lost one wicket too many as opening batsman Tamim Iqbal was dismissed just five agonising runs short of his fifth Test century and Mominul Haque fell three runs short of his half-century.

“I think we lost one extra wicket,” Marshall said. “If Shakib was still around, it would have done us good. The wicket was really good, and I think it will turn on the third and fourth day. Our initial target is around 400 runs; we didn’t want to score very quickly today but we got the scoring opportunities and made use of them.

“Mominul can play a big innings, and he was batting well. Tamim has hundreds to his name. If they stayed together, we could have made around 275 today. It would have also been great had one of them got to a hundred.”

Bangladesh looked to be in total control when Ayub and Iqbal put together a 67-run partnership for the second wicket, but pace bowler Neil Wagner came to the rescue and ended the resistance by uprooting Ayub’s off stump.

“Marshall and Tamim came out and played their shots,” Taylor said. “It’s quite a small boundary both sides of the wicket probably being brought in ten meters each side, which makes for small boundaries, so once you get it through the field, it does go. We would have liked to have restricted them a little bit more. You have got to give credit to the way Bangladesh batted but we are happy with the way we came back.

“Wagner is a bounce bowler, he didn’t play in the last game. He wanted to prove a point. His first spell of nine overs in that heat was a credit to him. The wicket played the way we thought it would. It had a little more bounce than in Chittagong and swung a bit more as well.”

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