Bangladesh 595 for 8 dec and 66 for 3 (Mominul 10*) lead New Zealand 539 (Latham 177, Santner 76, Nicholls 53, Williamson 53, Rabbi 3-87) by 122 runs
Bangladesh claimed a lead of 56 by bowling New Zealand out for 539 and swelled it to 122 by stumps on the fourth day, but not without casualties, the biggest of them being Imrul Kayes, who was stretchered off the field with what looked like an injury to his upper left thigh. He had kept wicket for 148.2 overs, substituting for the injured Mushfiqur Rahim and the strain of returning immediately to open the batting caught up with him while attempting a quick single in the last half hour of play. He had to dive into the crease, landed awkwardly and just lay there motionless. When the physio made his way out and tried to rouse Kayes up to his feet, he basically buckled. He just could not support his weight on his legs.
New Zealand were able to send back three more Bangladesh batsmen in the last half hour to set up a final day for which entry is free at Basin Reserve. They had begun bowling thinking the draw was the only result. With two innings left to pack into a day and bit’s play, not many would fault them for that assumption. But with each wicket, they began planting close catchers and benefited from the opposition batsmen making some bad choices.
Tamim Iqbal was caught napping by some sharp turn out of the footmarks in Mitchell Santner’s fourth over and was bowled while playing a cut. Mahmudullah tickled a harmless short ball – rare considering it came from Neil Wagner – to BJ Watling behind the stumps. And the nightwatchman Mehedi Hasan ran himself out looking for a second run off what became the last ball of the day.
Six overs of madness has taken Bangladesh with an outside chance of winning the Test to one where they might lose it. The good thing for them though was Musfhqur was seen padded up and they have their first-innings double-centurion Shakib Al Hasan still in the shed, who should give them the stability they need when play resumes at 10:30 am on Monday.
Source: ESPN Cricinfo