Phillips’ Brilliant Counterattack Puts New Zealand in Front, Play Stopped Due to Bad Light

Phillips' Brilliant Counterattack Puts New Zealand in Front, Play Stopped Due to Bad Light

In a display of spin mastery amid challenging conditions, Glenn Phillips played an outstanding innings of 87 off 72 balls on the third day of the second Test against Bangladesh. With New Zealand at 46 for 5, Phillips exhibited aggressive intent, taking on the spinners on a challenging pitch. His remarkable performance contributed to New Zealand reaching a total of 180, establishing an eight-run lead over Bangladesh’s first-innings total of 172.

Bangladesh Falters in Second Innings

At the close of the day, Bangladesh found themselves at 38 for 2 in their second innings, holding a narrow lead of 30 runs over New Zealand. Delayed by gloomy conditions in Dhaka, play commenced two and a half hours later than scheduled. Despite the late start and an early finish due to bad light, Phillips’ aggressive play and Daryl Mitchell’s resilient partnership hindered Bangladesh’s efforts.

Phillips’ Bold Strategy

Facing deliveries that turned sharply or stayed exceptionally low, Phillips displayed resilience and attacking flair. Positioned deep in the crease, he aggressively played shots on both sides of the wicket, capitalizing on short deliveries with powerful slashes and confidently executing slog-sweeps and drives. His ability to attack in spin-friendly conditions allowed New Zealand to secure a crucial lead.

Mitchell’s Support and Fortunate Survival

Daryl Mitchell played a contrasting role, adopting a more defensive approach while Phillips attacked. Mitchell’s focus was on blocking and rotating the strike. Mitchell had a stroke of luck when an attempted reverse sweep resulted in a close call, with the ball hitting just below the left shoulder. However, he couldn’t capitalize on the reprieve and fell for 18, concluding a vital sixth-wicket partnership

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Late-Order Resilience for New Zealand

Despite the challenging conditions, New Zealand’s lower order displayed resilience, contributing vital runs. The last five wickets added 134 runs at a brisk run rate, showcasing a determined effort to extend their lead. Phillips’ aggressive fifty, along with valuable contributions from Mitchell and Kyle Jamieson, propelled New Zealand beyond Bangladesh’s total.

Bangladesh’s Second Innings

In Bangladesh’s second innings, Ajaz Patel made an early impact by dismissing Mahmudul Hasan Joy with just the third ball. The hosts faced further setbacks as Najmul Hossain Shanto fell to Tim Southee, leaving Bangladesh at 38 for 2. The penultimate ball of the day saw Shanto chipping a catch to mid-off, compounding Bangladesh’s troubles.

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