Phillips, Santner rescue New Zealand to level series after Ajaz six-for

New Zealand

Ajaz Patel got his fifth Test five-forAFP via Getty Images

Daryl Mitchell was next to go, with Shanto again taking a brilliant catch at slip. He anticipated Mitchell’s reverse sweep to move slightly to his right, but then had to dive in front to complete the catch.

Crucially, however, Shanto had dropped Philips on 1 earlier, although it was a sharp chance diving to his left. The over after Mitchell fell, Philips struck Taijul for two fours, both through the off side. Next over, Santner slapped Mehidy through mid-on for his first boundary. They had added an important 21 runs off just 19 balls before heading into the tea break.

Philips then started the third session with couple of fours off Nayeem Hasan, before Santner survived an on-field lbw dismissal, overturning it with a review. Santner and Philips struck a six each soon after, reducing the target to 12 runs, before striking struck a four each in the 40th over to complete the win.

The fourth day had started positively for Bangladesh before they collapsed to lose 8 for 73. They had begun by adding 33 runs in the first seven overs, before Mominul Haque fell lbw to Ajaz, who pitched it a bit short as the left-hander missed his attempted pull shot. Just two overs later, Santner preyed on Mushfiqur Rahim’s uncertainty, getting a nick to land in Mitchell’s lap at second slip. Santner then trapped Shahadat Hossain lbw in his next over, as the inexperienced batter missed his forward press while playing down the wrong line.

Ajaz then struck a double blow in the 25th over. Mehidy miscued a slog sweep to be caught at wide mid-on, before Nurul was given out lbw after he missed a lap-scoop second ball. Nurul had survived a lbw decision the ball before, so it made for a rather curious innings.

Santner soon had Nayeem caught at slip before Ajaz completed his fifth five-wicket haul when he removed Zakir Hasan and Shoriful to end Bangladesh’s second innings.

Zakir played Bangladesh’s best innings of this Test, mixing defensive play with some aggressive shots. Mostly stable, Zakir, when on 59, looked to attack as he kept losing partners at the other end. He struck six fours and a six in his 86-ball stay. Despite the left-hander’s best efforts, Philips trumped Bangladesh’s spin plan with two gorgeous innings, having cracked 87 in New Zealand’s first innings.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84