New Zealand skipper Tim Southee credits Bangladesh Team after losing their first test match by 150 runs.
Bangladesh leads the 2-match test series with 1-0 at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium.
The contest between both teams receded and drifted as New Zealand was just 7 runs in leading at the end of 1st innings. Kane Williamson’s brilliant century of 104 runs from 205 balls ( including 11 fours) helped his team reach a total of 317-10 in 101.5 overs. Along with Kane, these two batsmen played a supportive role in keeping the competition alive at the end of 1st innings:
- Daryll Mitchell: 41 runs from 54 balls ( including 3 fours and 1 six)
- Glenn Phillips: 42 runs from 62 balls ( including 5 fours and 1 six)
- Tim Southee: 35 runs from 62 balls ( including 3 fours)
A brilliant century from the debutant test skipper Najmul Hossain Shanto and Taijul Islam’s 6-wicket haul stormed the visitors to a triumphant victory against the black caps in the 2nd innings.
Najmul Shanto’s valiant century of 105 runs from 198 balls( including 10 fours), during the 2nd innings propelled Bangladesh to a total of 338-10 in 100.4 overs. Along with Najmul, the essential contribution of these batsman ensured a lead of 331 runs against the Kiwis:
- Mushfiqur Rahim: 67 runs from 116 balls( including 7 fours)
- Mehidy Hasan Miraz: 50 runs from 76 balls( including 5 fours)
- Mominul Haque: 40 runs from 68 balls ( including 4 fours)
Daryll Mitchell’s struggling 58 runs from 120 balls ( including 7 fours) couldn’t save his team from either chasing the target to win the match or concluding as a “draw match”.
After the first test match, New Zealand’s pace bowler Tim Southee credits Bangladesh Team by appreciating their bowling attack:
“ Though it’s disappointing the credit completely goes to Bangladesh by playing well. Our bowling unit needs to improve by creating more pressure on the opponents. At the same time, our batsman needed to stitch more partnerships to last for a longer time. We have a couple of days to work before we move to Dhaka.
I am aware that the pitch conditions at Dhaka are completely different. Every member of our team strives to improve their cricketing skills.
Notably, the Kiwis’ skipper admits the fact that the consistent pressure applied by the Bangladesh bowlers was completely missing from their side:
“ We were able to feel the uniform pressure applied by the bowlers against us for an extended duration. Contrarily, we did the same periodically. Probably, we should have done it long enough to control the match. Also, from the batting team’s perspective, you always look to build a strong partnership”.
Additionally, Tim Southee elaborated on the bowling attack of Bangladesh in a post-match press conference:
“ The Bangladesh bowlers’ skillful performance and accuracy deserve a special acknowledgment, marking their remarkable precision on the field.
As the test match moves on, it becomes challenging to bat against their bowling style and methods. A little turn and a variation in bounce make it harder to bat. Scrutinizing back, you need to build a couple of partnerships. And when it comes to the ball, probably we were lacking a bit from the point of building pressure consistently.”
Furthermore, Tim Southee hails Najmul’s innings according to the game’s situation:
“Najmul’s played a great inning. Certainly, it was a timely and situation-based century. It’s about trusting your style of playing cricket. Najmul Shanto’s method is completely different from someone like Mominul Haque
There are many things to look back and as a team, we will improve and learn from this match to drive along in a few days.”
Both teams complete the first test match of the World Test Championship 2023-25. Ultimately, Bangladesh bounced to the 2nd position in the points table below Pakistan, who have three test matches forthcoming against the Aussies.
Though former Test Skipper Kane Williamson’s century kept the Kiwis in a safe zone, Najmul’s century on Day 3 completely overshadowed Kane’s efforts.
Despite Tim Southee’s aggressive approach of 34 runs from 24 balls ( including 1 four and 2 sixes), the counter-attacking strategy of the Kiwis’ skipper in the 2nd innings couldn’t survive for a long time.
Tim Southee stated that he had chosen the best playing XI for the first test match against Bangladesh. The inclusion of Kyle Jamieson, Ajaz Patel, and Ish Sodhi was based on their recent performances.
Moreover, Tim Southee lauds Kane Williamsons’ ability to absorb pressure in different ways similar to Daryll Mitchell.
The second and final test match of the series between Bangladesh and New Zealand commences on 6th December 2023 at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.