Bangladesh had a blockbuster Day 4, thanks to Ebadot Hossain, as they reduced New Zealand to 147 for the loss of five wickets, who are effectively just 17 runs ahead. Going into the final day, New Zealand’s hopes now rest on the shoulders of their most experienced player, Ross Taylor. Taylor, who is playing in his penultimate Test, is not out on 37, with young Rachin Ravindra for company.

Earlier in the day, Bangladesh added 58 more runs to their overnight score of 401, getting bowled out for 458. Trent Boult was the most successful bowler, picking up figures of 4/85. Bangladesh played 176.2 overs in their first innings, which is the most by any visiting team in New Zealand since 2010. Bangladesh now have the most 400+ scores (four) in New Zealand since 2010 along with Australia. It was also their ninth 400+ score away from home.

Bangladesh scaled new heights on Day 4 - cricket analysis stats data
Bangladesh scaled new heights on Day 4

Kyle Jamieson, who had a phenomenal start to his Test career, finally got a wicket after 51 overs, spread across two Tests. It was some respite for the tall bowler, who toiled hard and was the most economical bowler for New Zealand.

Trailing by 130 runs, New Zealand didn’t get the desired start from their batters, with captain Tom Latham getting bowled for just 14 off Taskin Ahmed in the ninth over. First inning’s centurion, Devon Conway, fell cheaply for 13, giving Ebadot Hossain his first wicket of the innings. It was the first of many to come.

From 63-2, Taylor and opener Will Young combined to steady the ship for the Black Caps, forging a crucial 78-run partnership. At 136-2, NZ were already in lead but what followed was carnage! Hossain came back in the 54th over and knocked over Young, who scored a brilliant 69. In his next six balls, Hossain picked up two more wickets, with Henry Nicholls and Tom Blundell both bagging ducks.

Ebadot Hossain has put Bangladesh in a commanding position - cricket analysis stats data
Ebadot Hossain has put Bangladesh in a commanding position

From a comfortable position where they were laying a platform for a challenging target, NZ found themselves reeling at effectively five down for a lead of just 6 in a matter of seven balls. It was an inspiring spell from Hossain, whose first four-wicket haul has not just kept Bangladesh in the game, but has potentially turned the match around in his team’s favor.

Taylor again finds himself in a situation where he’ll need all his experience to bail his team out and post a total that first safeguards NZ, and then aim for a total that NZ might fancy defending against a volatile Bangladeshi batting unit. With a control percentage of 83% so far in this innings, Taylor looks determined for a final swansong, and Day 5 could well turn out to be a historic day either way.