New Zealand’s Triumph in a Tense Mirpur Test
In a match teeming with suspense, New Zealand eked out a four-wicket triumph against Bangladesh in Mirpur, balancing the Test series.
Chasing a modest total of 137 on a pitch that posed numerous challenges, New Zealand’s innings faltered, stumbling to 69-6. The pivotal moment came with Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner at the crease, their unbroken partnership of 70 turning the tide. Phillips, named man of the match, remained unbeaten on 40, complemented by Santner’s resilient 35.
Bangladesh’s Spirited Start and Collapse
Bangladesh, resuming the fourth day at 38-2, couldn’t maintain their momentum and were bundled out for 144. New Zealand’s bowling was spearheaded by Ajaz Patel, who claimed an impressive 6-57, while Santner supported with a commendable 3-51.
The series concluded with both teams sharing honours, a fitting end to a fiercely contested series. Bangladesh’s earlier victory in the first Test by 150 runs set the stage for an intriguing finale.
Captains Reflect on the Contest
Reflecting on the match, New Zealand’s captain Tim Southee lauded his team’s resilience and spirit. “It was a tough battle, but our belief and approach, particularly from Phillips and Santner, was commendable,” he said. Bangladesh’s captain, Najmul Hossain Shanto, praised his team’s efforts and expressed hope for learning from the experience.
The Test was also notable for Bangladesh wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim’s rare dismissal for obstructing the field. Phillips, only in his third Test, showcased his all-round capabilities with an 87-run knock and taking 3-31 in the first innings. “Our determination was key in this victory,” Phillips remarked.
Statistical Analysis by Cric Index
In the meticulous world of cricket, statistics weave narratives that surpass the boundaries of the pitch, offering a lucid window into a player’s form and technique. As per the latest data from Fbref, the performance charts for Glenn Phillips of New Zealand and Zakir Hasan of Bangladesh have been a topic of keen analysis.
Phillips’ Commanding Presence
Phillips’ chart is a testament to his dominant display against all bowlers. Achieving an impressive 87 runs from 72 balls, his control percentage stands at 78%. The chart underscores his affinity for the cover drive, yielding 21 runs, including boundaries. His array of nine fours and four sixes points to an aggressive approach, capitalised with precision and flair.
Hasan’s Steady Approach
On the other side, Hasan’s steadiness at the crease is depicted through his 80% control rate, which speaks volumes of his concentration and ability to read the game. His preference for the cut shot, which brought him 12 runs, including two fours, reflects a calculated risk-taking that is essential in the modern game. His 59 runs off 86 balls, with a solitary six, might not mirror the explosiveness of Phillips, but it indicates a player who values his wicket and builds an innings methodically.
Bowlers’ Tactical Prowess
Moving on to the bowlers, the stats for Ajaz Patel and Mitchell Santner provide insight into New Zealand’s strategic play. Patel’s figures are remarkable, with 6 wickets for 57 runs, boasting an economy of 3.16. His delivery map shows a penchant for pitching the ball at a good length, a technique that paid off with multiple wickets. Santner, with an economy of 2.32, took 3 wickets for 65 runs. His consistency in length and variation has been a keystone in his success, as evidenced by his wicket distribution.