Bangladesh close in on shock win after Ebadot rattles NZ

After four of Bangladesh’s top six batsmen
struck fifties to earn them a first-innings lead of 130, Ebadot (4-39) wrecked
New Zealand’s top order to put the tourists on the brink of a major upset
despite their poor catching on the penultimate day.

Ross Taylor, playing his last test series, was
batting on 37 with all-rounder Rachin Ravindra on six at the other end.

Earlier, Bangladesh resumed on 401-6 and the
lower order batted 20-odd overs before being all out for 458 in the first match
of the two-test series.

Number eight batsman Mehidy Hasan made 47
while Trent Boult (4-85) and Neil Wagner (3-101) claimed the bulk of the
wickets for the hosts.

Bangladesh returned to claim two wickets in the second session to put New
Zealand under pressure.

Leading the side in the absence of the injured
Kane Williamson, Tom Latham dragged a delivery from Taskin Ahmed onto his
stumps to depart for 14.

Ebadot removed Devon Conway for 13 and it
could have been a full-blown crisis for New Zealand had Liton Das not spilled
Will Young, then on 31, after off-spinner Mehidy had produced an edge.

Mehidy suffered more heartbreak when he
induced a slog-sweep from Taylor but Shadman Islam floored the catch at square

New Zealand had just erased the deficit when
Ebadot dismissed Young (69) and Henry Nicholls for a duck in the same over.

Tom Blundell also went for a duck in Ebadot’s
next over as Bangladesh put themselves in the box seat.

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