New Zealand has always made sporting wickets. Where the batsmen get the same benefits as the bowlers. However, the bowlers had to struggle a lot in the Mount Manganui Test. The wicket is a batting paradise. New Zealand themselves could not have imagined such a good wicket for the batsmen.
At the end of the third day of the first Test in New Zealand, Bangladesh are clearly ahead. They finished the day with 401 runs for 6 wickets. Meanwhile, the lead has surpassed 73 runs. If nothing goes bad, the Tigers are going to get a big lead on the fourth day. All in all, Bangladesh has had another great day.
However, Bangladesh might have suffered if they had to play in a bouncy wicket. At least history says so. The Tigers have never had success in New Zealand conditions before. With the pace at which Mount Manganui Test is advancing, the Tigers can expect something positive this time. Which, of course, is not a good thing for the Kiwis.
However, Kiwi pacer Trent Boult also sees the positive side of such a wicket. He thinks that there is a great fight in the match. "I think it's a beautiful thing," the pacer said of the wicket at the press conference on Monday. We may not have expected such a good wicket.
"I think the way Rachin bowled a few overs, it really depends on the bowlers' smart bowling. We need to figure out the most powerful recipe. Bangladeshis are credited with forcing us to take wickets. They played very well. The match is nicely poised. - Added Boult. The pacer also praised the batsmen of the Bangladesh team, saying, 'They have played very, very well. They were determined. Forced us to come back and ball spell after spell. This is basically Test cricket. The wicket is certainly quite good.'
However, Boult thinks that the fate of this Test will be decided on Tuesday. Expecting his team to do something great in the end, 'Tomorrow is a big day for us. Hopefully we can finally move forward. It looks like this Test match will go to the final stage.
"We will see what happens in the first hour of tomorrow and it will be decided from there," he said. Bangladesh will want to bat only once. And will want to score big.
They will want to put pressure on us just like in the last few days. All three results are possible. '