'Emphasis on putting them under pressure' - Coach Luke Ronchi lays out gameplan against Bangladesh after New Zealand's dominant day

‘Emphasis on putting them under pressure’ – Coach Luke Ronchi lays out gameplan against Bangladesh after New Zealand’s dominant day

New Zealand went to stumps at 349/1 on first day of the second Test at Hagley Oval.

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Bangladesh were reeling from the jubilation of their landmark Test win over New Zealand in the first Test match of the ongoing Walton Test Series. However, New Zealand have responded with a strong batting performance to on Day 1 of the second Test match to put up 349 with the loss of just one wicket. Captain Tom Latham has led from the front and scored 186 runs and will stay on the crease to open Day 2.

Day 2 of the second test between New Zealand and Bangladesh will be streamed live and exclusive on Amazon Prime Video at 3:30 AM IST.

Bangladesh’s bowling attack that stifled New Zealand in the first test were unable to replicate that success to open this match. Blackcaps batting coach Luke Ronchi laid out the lessons the team learned from the loss in the first test and how their batting strategy was to frustrate the Bangladeshi spin attack.

“A massive part of this was doing the basics well and right for a long period of time. We did it quite well at The Mount but then we sort of let ourselves down and brought Bangladesh back into the game. But today, we did it well for a whole day. The guys were amazing, and we also put more pressure on their spin bowling. Last game, we let them bowl a bit too much and today there was an emphasis on putting them under pressure so we could bring back their quick bowlers, and that worked out nicely today. Hopefully, we can do more of the same tomorrow.”

Captain Latham is joined by first-game centurion Devon Conway, who is one run away from notching consecutive 100-run performances in the test series. They are on a 201-run partnership that has taken control over the Bangladesh bowling order.

Bowlers like Ebadot Hossain and Mehidy Hasan have struggled to contain the opening the top-order batsmen of New Zealand. However, the team will be looking to rebound on Day 2 and orchestrate the same kind of gameplan that led to an amazing Day 2 for Bangladesh in the first test.

To see whether New Zealand will carry this momentum through the next few days of the Test and if Bangladesh can mount another upset win, tune in to Amazon Prime Video at 3:30 AM IST where the New Zealand vs Bangladesh series is being streamed live and exclusively.