Twitter Reactions: Ebadot Hossain’s fiery spell puts Bangladesh in driver’s seat in opening Test
Hossain picked up four wickets and made sure that New Zealand kept gasping for breath at the Bay Oval.
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After losing all their nine Tests in New Zealand, Bangladesh have earned themselves a realistic chance to win in the land of the Kiwis. After four of days of jaw-dropping action at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, the Black Caps are leading by 17 runs in their second innings with five wickets in hand. Ebadot Hossain’s four-wicket haul has put the home team on the mat without a doubt.
Mehidy scores vital runs
The Tigers found themselves in a bit of trouble after they lost Mominul Haque and Liton Das in pretty quick succession. But a 75-run partnership between Yasir Ali Chowdhury and Mehidy Hasan Miraz put them back in command. Mehidy, who got his maiden Test ton last year, made an 88-ball 47 with eight fours before Tim Southee accounted for his wicket in the 172nd over of the innings.
Ali, on the other hand, was a tad more circumspect as he scored 26 off 85 after which Kyle Jamieson nipped him out. Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam couldn’t contribute much as Bangladesh were bowled out for 458. The visitors, however, took a massive first innings lead of 130 runs. Thereafter, Ebadot came to the party and ripped the heart out of the New Zealand batting lineup.
Ebadot steps up for Bangladesh
It was Taskin, who struck first blood, getting rid of Tom Latham in the ninth over. Soon after, Ebadot came to the party and removed Devon Conway, who was fresh from scoring a century in the first innings. Thereafter, Will Young and Ross Taylor steadied the ship for the Black Caps as they stitched together a useful partnership of 73 runs to bring the hosts back into the contest at Bay Oval.
However, Ebadot had other ideas as he got rid of Young followed by Henry Nicholls, who failed to open his account. Young made 69 runs off 172 balls with seven fours before perishing. When Nicholls got out, New Zealand were leading by six runs with five wickets in hand. Ross Taylor showed nerves of steel as he stayed unbeaten on 37 and along with him was all-rounder Rachin Ravindra.
Here’s how the netizens reacted to the day’s play
Are we heading into a fascinating final day #NZvBAN where Bangladesh creates history…or will the world Test champions find a way to turn this around still? Intriguing either way… ✌️
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 4, 2022
Pic 1: Indian fans watching #NZvBAN
Pic 2: Indian fans to Bangladesh 😅 pic.twitter.com/DIUfCrVCk0
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 4, 2022
Bangladesh onto something spectacular here.#NZvBAN
— Shikha Pandey (@shikhashauny) January 4, 2022
Wow Ebadot turning this game #NZvBAN huge hour from Bangladesh.
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) January 4, 2022
Miraz is the key to success for bangladesh
— Shakib Al Hasan (@Sah75official) January 4, 2022
Ebadot Hossain just took 3 for 2 in 5 overs and put BD in control. Prior to that, in 11 Tests he had 4-206 v Ind, 2-303 v NZ, 4-262 v Pak, 1-99 v SL, and 1-139 v Zim.
Was this the most unlikely freak spell of bowling in history? After Scott Boland, of course! #cricket #NZvBAN
— Rohan Chandran (@rohan_chandran) January 4, 2022
😂😂😂 cmon bag tigers #NZvBAN
— rajat chandrakar🇮 (@R_oberon) January 4, 2022
With #NZvBAN and #SAvIND being engrossing affairs, Test Cricket is very much alive and well except when #Ashes is being played…
— Kevin Yam 任建峰 (@kevinkfyam) January 4, 2022
Passed another beautiful day.. Ebadot kept @BCBtigers dreaming on! @BLACKCAPS are just leading by 17 with 5 left. Lets see, what's thrilling waiting at day 5. Any result is possible. #NZvBAN #NZvsBan 🏏
— Muhammad 🇧🇩 فايسال অনি 🇵🇸 (@imfaisalony007) January 4, 2022
Dear Bangladesh, Please 🙏dont mess it up tomorrow. Give everything in the 1st session and its ours. #NZvBAN
— Reyadh Karim 🇧🇩 (@Reyadh_Karim) January 4, 2022
Tomorrow is going to be the Final Day of the 1st Test #NZvBAN in NZ and it's going to be Day 1 of the 4th #Ashes #AshesTest #AUSvENG @scg and then Day 3 of the 2nd Test #SAvIND #FreedomTestSeries @WanderersZA Great Day for Test Cricket Lovers !!!! #WTC23 #testcricket
— VYBHAV ESWARAIAH (@vybhav1428) January 4, 2022
The work Otis Gibson has done with our bowlers is remarkable. #NZvBAN pic.twitter.com/3Oo83IPshO
— Roushan Alam (@roushanalam) January 4, 2022
When Mount Maunganui test had began, none had thought that this match would go so close that we would watch final day for outcome of match. Kudos to Bangladesh for making this match interesting and best of luck for day 5#NZvBAN
— Ali Raza (@AliRazaTweets) January 4, 2022
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