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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Ebadot Hossain. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

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

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