Wednesday 9 October 2013

Mini-session Analysis 1st Test Bangladesh vs New Zealand from Chittagong 2013

Here is the mini-session analysis for the first test between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

A mini-session is (normally) half a session, either between the start of the session and the drinks break or the drinks break and the end of the session. Occasionally a long session will have 3 mini-sessions where it will be broken up with 2 drinks breaks.

1-1aNew Zealand 43/0 off 18New Zealand
1-1bNew Zealand 50/1 off 17draw
1-2aNew Zealand 48/0 off 15New Zealand
1-2bNew Zealand 45/1 off 14draw
1-3aNew Zealand 50/0 off 13New Zealand
1-3bNew Zealand 44/3 off 12.5Bangladesh
2-1aNew Zealand 45/2 off 17.1Bangladesh
2-1bNew Zealand 53/2 off 22New Zealand
2-2aNew Zealand 44/0 off 12New Zealand
2-2bNew Zealand 47/1 off 16.1New Zealand
2-3aBangladesh 58/2 off 13draw
2-3bBangladesh 45/0 off 13Bangladesh
3-1aBangladesh 31/1 off 12.2New Zealand
3-1bBangladesh 42/0 off 17.4Bangladesh
3-2aBangladesh 45/1 off 14draw
3-2bBangladesh 51/0 off 14Bangladesh
3-3aBangladesh 33/2 off 12New Zealand
3-3bBangladesh 75/1 off 20Bangladesh
4-1aBangladesh 48/1 off 14Bangladesh
4-1bBangladesh 63/0 off 15Bangladesh
4-2aBangladesh 10/2 off 3.5New Zealand
New Zealand 46/0 off 14
4-2bNew Zealand 25/1 off 11Bangladesh
4-3aNew Zealand 46/0 off 15New Zealand
5-1aNew Zealand 25/0 off 14draw
5-1bNew Zealand 45/1 off 13New Zealand
5-1cNew Zealand 31/1 off 12Bangladesh
5-2aNew Zealand 69/4 off 11Bangladesh
5-2bBangladesh 38/0 off 14Bangladesh
5-3aBangladesh 59/1 off 19draw
5-3bBangladesh 76/2 off 15.2Bangladesh

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Bangladesh lead the mini-session count 16 - 14

First drinks, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 1-0

A solid start for New Zealand, This is exactly what they would have hoped for after winning the toss and deciding to bat. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 1.5-0.5

Bangladesh managed one breakthrough, but it was generally hard work in the field. Fulton is yet to really come out of his shell, but Williamson started to pounce on anything short. He may well be a real dangerman for Bangladesh, as he's very good with his feet to the spinners, and can be very greedy once it looks like there are runs on offer. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 2.5-0.5

Another good hour for New Zealand. They accelerated the scoring rate without losing any wickets. Bangladesh needs a wicket quickly. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 3-1

This was a good hour of cricket. There was a fair battle between the fielding captain and the batsmen. Fulton was lulled into a false sense of security by the part-time bowling of Nasir Hossain belting a short ball straight to cover. Often when a batsmen feels comfortable against a particular bowler after they have been working very hard against the others they can be prone to picking out a fielder. This is exactly what happened to Fulton, and so the wicket can in part be ascribed to good captaincy from Mushfiqur Rahim. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 4-1

Williamson is really batting well here. Some players score runs by aggression; some score by hard graft; Williamson scores by seducing the ball into going where he wants it. Watching a backfoot drive from Williamson is one of the most elegant sights in all of sport. It's in the same class as watching Roger Federer hit a backhand winner down the line or Fumiaki Tanaka pass from the base of a scrum. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 1: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 4-2

A good last hour for Bangladesh leaves the match fairly evenly poised. New Zealand really need to score at least 400 to allow themselves the luxury of playing the game at their tempo. Bangladesh should be able to see the potential of cleaning up the New Zealand tail fairly cheaply and batting some time near lunch tomorrow. Bracewell, Martin and Sodhi have all scored some reasonable runs in first class cricket, but the spin attack of Bangladesh will ask different questions than they've had to answer previously. - Mykuhl

First drinks, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 4-3

A rather chaotic start for New Zealand, but Watling and Bracewell managed to bat well in the rest of the hour. It was still Bangladesh's hour. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 5-3

BJ Watling is a very good batsman. Certainly much better than a number 8. Sometimes when a team uses a nightwatchman it actually means that the batsmen that they are trying to protect end up batting with the tail. I'm not sure that batting with the tail is better than facing the last couple of overs of a day's play, especially given that Watling is a wicket-keeper and former opener and is used to the new ball and watching it carefully in bad light. - Mykuhl

Middle drinks, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 6-3

The Watling and Boult show continues. Bangladesh will really be upset with themselves now, getting Watling caught off a no ball. - Mykuhl

Tea, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 7-3

Both players managed to bring up a milestone before the innings closed. It's Boult's first ever first class fifty, and for Watling it's his second test match hundred. Watling now only has two less first class hundreds than Brendon McCullum, despite playing 50 less matches. - Mykuhl

Final drinks, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 7.5-3.5

Just like the first hour of the day it started with Bangladesh in tatters, but ended with the batsmen on top. The session was hard to award to either team, Bangladesh scored at a quick rate, but losing both openers means that it really can't be their hour. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 2: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 7.5-4.5

What a stunning fightback by Mominul Haque. He wasn't phased at all by the perilous situation that Bangladesh found themselves in. Instead he just charged in and looked for an opportunity to score off each ball. It was an interesting decision by McCullum to not bring back Boult. The batsmen seemed to have trouble with the left-arm angle, finding both Boult and Anderson difficult to score off. These two bowlers could be the key to the day's play tomorrow.

Also, with the ball keeping a bit low, Doug Bracewell's cutters start to come into play. It wouldn't be a massive surprise if he was quite effective against the tail here. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 3: New Zealand lead the mini-session count 10-8

What a day of contrasts. This was a day where every hour told a different story. The Bangladeshi batsmen all batted around Mominul Haque, but they were looking a bit pendulous at 301/6, before a good little knock from Nasir Hossain gave them the final hour. The New Zealand bowling was a case of the left-arm quicks and the rest. Boult and Anderson between them have bowled 31 overs and took 3 for 55. The rest of the bowlers have 4 for 317 off 85 overs. Why the two left armers have bowled the least number of overs is a mystery, but perhaps McCullum is wanting to save them. I don't like the idea that they can't bowl more than 14 overs a day. Every test quality bowlers should be fit enough to bowl at least 18 overs a day, in almost any conditions. Bangladesh is hot and sticky, but not any more so than Jamaica, South Africa or Australia, let alone somewhere like Chennai or Colombo. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 4: The mini-session count is tied up, 10-10

After an early wicket to Trent Boult, the rest of the day belonged to Bangladesh. This might be one of those tests that opens up in the last day, as the pitch starts to play tricks. Or it might just continue to be a pitch where there is insufficient for the bowlers to make any inroads. - Mykuhl

Stumps, Day 5: Bangladesh lead the mini-session count 16-14

End the end it was the tame draw that it looked like being at the end of day 3, but there was certainly plenty of interesting points in the process. Williamson missed out on twin centuries, But Gazi got a century, 5 wicket bag and hattrick in the same test match, for the first time in history. New Zealand are now in the tricky situation where they need to win the last game on a pitch that has traditionally spun quickly, but without much bounce. It is a pitch that will suit both teams more than Chittagong, but it will particularly suit Shakib Al Hasan. - Mykuhl

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