Bangladesh-New Zealand Series

'Someone came near of sight screen just before the delivery', rues Philips

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প্রকাশের তারিখ: 18:02 শুক্রবার, 08 ডিসেম্বর, 2023

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The New Zealand all-rounder Glenn Philips blamed a trespasser for his dismissal during the first innings, he stated that someone suddenly walked in front of the sight screen at the last moment during his batting. 

Philips scored a crucial 87 off 72 in New Zealand’s 180 in their first innings, his counterattack helped the visitors to take a lead of 8 runs.

Philips, who was expecting his maiden century was castled by Shoriful Islam with a catch to the keeper. The swashbuckling batter was unhappy about something and left the field with disappointment.

“Just at the last second when Shoriful got into his delivery stride, someone walked out from the side of the sight screen and I mean, I should have pulled away, but it was also like in my head. It's probably a bit too late and then I didn't watch the ball and I didn't pull away and I did neither and I knicked it off,” said Philips in the press conference.

The New Zealand all-rounder believes any score between 180-200 will be a good one to chase and if they succeed in keeping the Bangladesh team under 200, they will be really happy.

“Obviously we had a bit of a tough start in our first innings and a couple of great catches from the Bangladesh boys which put us on the back foot quite quickly and I think if the pitch doesn't change, which I think with the time it's had under cover it'll be pretty similar throughout the whole game,” he said.

“I'd probably say anywhere around that 180-200 mark will be a good score and tough to chase. Not impossible to do, but it's gonna take some work, and we're gonna have to stick to our game plans well. But, if we can keep them to anything under 200 we'll be really happy,” he added.