Bangladesh “highly motivated and determined” to seal the series
At least one draw in Christchurch will give Bangladesh a historic series victory over New Zealand, and they are aiming for that ahead of the second test.
Against all odds, Bangladesh claimed an eight wicket victory on day five at Mount Maunganui thanks to a team performance. Bangladesh had not won a single international match against New Zealand in New Zealand in the previous 32 meetings.
“We had a few difficult months in all formats [before NZ tour]Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said. “It’s a great result [in the first Test] for boys, and they deserve it. They worked really hard and stuck to the plan, and a lot of credit goes to them because it was a fantastic performance.
“They are a young team so they don’t come here with the scars that some of the older players left playing in New Zealand so many times. There is a very good spirit in the team at the moment, good energy. “
Spirited performances from the young Shoriful Islam (3 wickets in the first round), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (78 in the first round), Najmul Hossain Shanto (64 in the first round) and a magic spell of 6/46 in the second round by Ebadot Hossain gave the Tigers a victory to long cherish. But the job is only half done.
“Like I said, there are a lot of young players in the squad who are trying to make a career. They are very motivated and determined, and they are looking to do what no other Bangladesh team has done before. , win a series in New Zealand. They are halfway there, the job is not done. But they are very determined to achieve something special that can inspire another generation of Bangladesh cricket. “
Unlike Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui, Hagley Oval in Christchurch will pose more challenges in Bangladesh on a green surface. In this case, visitors will certainly be looking to play first as they did when the series opened.
“I think it will be an important draw. I think the statistics show that the last 10 tests here have been won by the teams that have played first. Obviously the new ball from day one will be important. We will be looking to play first if we won the toss.
They are a quality team and they will suffer. But they will certainly be nervous before the game. They lost a test and there’s not really time to recover, ”Domingo said.