Live Cricket Score: Bangladesh vs New Zealand 2nd Test Match 2013
BAN vs NZ 2nd Test Live Score - Bangladesh and New Zealand continue to battle it out in their under-the-radar Test series. After the first Test resulted in a draw, Bangladesh have a chance to make history.
If the hosts manage a win, it will be their first victory against New Zealand ever. The Black Caps, meanwhile, are desperate for a win.
After the result of the first Test, Bangladesh are probably the far happier side, with a draw being seen as a positive for them. New Zealand will be irked that they failed to get a result out of the first match and probably be a bit aggrieved about the way their batsmen performed in the second innings of the Test.
Bangladesh will be patting themselves on the back, especially after amassing over 400 runs in their first innings. Bangladesh responded well and notched up 501 in their first innings, which is only the third time they have passed 500 in three years.
New Zealand's pace bowlers applied themselves well in difficult conditions, but it's their spinners who let them down. The inexperienced Ish Sodhi—who made his debut in the first Test—did manage two wickets, but he struggled to contain the Bangladeshi batsmen, who are very used to playing spin.
Bangladesh's twirlers were far more restrictive, and that's something the Black Caps' batsmen will have to counter. Although there can be few negative things said about the batting—barring a few mishaps in the second innings—credit has to go to the inexperienced Bangladesh side, who really got stuck in.
For New Zealand, perhaps a more aggressive approach will need to be adopted, especially if they are pushing for a result.
It's all set up for an interesting duel. Will Bangladesh be simply content with a draw or will they be striving for a positive result? Similarly, are New Zealand happy to leave with a drawn series or do they want to prove they are better than that?
Add to that the weather dilemma and it might actually be a Test worth tuning into, even if you're a neutral.