Twitter Reactions: Liton Das the saving grace for Bangladesh as Ross Taylor bows out on a high from Tests

Liton scored 102 off 114, but couldn't save his team from an innings defeat,

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Liton Das. (Photo by MARTY MELVILLE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Bangladesh were flying high after their eight-wicket over world champions New Zealand in Mount Maunganui. But the team, led by Mominul Haque Showrabh, couldn’t carry on with the good work in the second Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch as they lost by an innings and 117 runs. However, the visitors can take heart from Liton Das’ stupendous century on the third day of the encounter.

Bangladesh in deep trouble

The Tigers, after being bowled out for 126 in their first innings, found themselves in a rabbit hole on a green top. Having fallen behind by 395 runs, Showrabh and Co. were asked to follow on. To start with, the Tigers lost Shadman Islam’s wicket to Kyle Jamieson. Thereafter, opener Mohammad Naim and Najmul Hossain Shanto got into their 20s, but failed to carry on and build on their start.

Mominul Haque looked good for his 37-run knock before Neil Wagner got rid of him. Yasir Ali Chowdhury, who scored a half-century in the first innings, failed to tackle a vicious bouncer from Wagner. After being reduced to 128 for five, Liton Das and Nurul Hasan Sohan kept the New Zealand bowlers at bay for around 18 overs. Liton was the more attacking of the two batters in the middle.

Liton Das sparkles for the Tigers

Das notched his half-century off 69 balls, showing that the pitch didn’t have many demons. Das and Sohan put on 101 runs for the sixth wicket and gave the Bangladesh fans something to cheer for. The right-handed Sohan scored in the 40s in the first innings and he chipped in with a 54-ball 36 in the second. Das, at the other end, carried on in his own merry way and took on the Kiwis’ bowling attack.

The Dinajpur-born went on to notch his century off 106 balls and showed his prowess in the purest format. Jamieson trapped him in the 76th over and cut short his stay in the middle. Das smashed 14 fours and one six on his way to the brilliant knock. Ross Taylor, who played the last Test of his career, picked up the last wicket of Ebadot Hossain after Tom Latham handed him the ball.

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