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“We have to bowl them out first”
Despite New Zealand holding on to a 137-run lead at the end of the third day of second Test in Mirpur, Bangladesh off-spinner Nasir Hossain believes that his team “have to keep them within a 160-run lead” and follow that up with a score of “300 or 350” in order to have any chance of winning the Test match.
New Zealand managed to put themselves in such a dominant position after a spectacular maiden Test century from 22-year-old all-rounder Corey Anderson.
Anderson was well supported by Kane Williamson, who made 62, Ross Taylor, who scored 53 and BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi, both of whom are unbeaten on 59 and 55 respectively.
“We have to bowl them out first,” Hossain said. “We have to keep them within a 160-run lead. If we then score around 300 or 350 in the second innings, we have a chance to win the Test match. If we can bat long, we can force a draw. We have two days left but because this is Test cricket, there are changes in the tone of the game every session.”
Hossain is also hoping that the pitch stays as “fresh” as it was over the first three days.
“They have only one spinner so if the sun is out, we will be in an advantageous position,” he added. “They have four seamers, so the wicket is still fresh because it has been under covers.
“Pressure is quite natural, nothing comes easy at this level. We have to bat well in the second innings. We have to avoid the mistakes that we made in the first innings.”
However, While Hossain may be confident about Bangladesh’s chances of winning, their record at Mirpur tells a whole different story as Bangladesh have lost eight out of their last nine Tests at the venue.
When asked if he would consider taking a different approach towards his batting in the second innings, Hossain, with a wry smile on his face, said: “How can you be sure we will even lose five wickets?”