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Bangladesh-New Zealand Series

Ronchi: Our emphasis was to put Miraz under pressure



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New Zealand batting coach Luke Ronchi revealed that the Kiwis wanted to put Bangladesh spinner Mehidy Hasan under pressure during the ongoing second Test.

Ronchi said the batters left the ball well early throughout the day’s play, which frustrated the Bangladesh bowlers.

"A massive part of it was to do the basics well and right for a long period of time. We did it quite well at the Mount [Maunganui] but we let ourselves down in periods that brought Bangladesh back into the game. We did it for the whole day today. The guys were amazing,” Ronchi said.

"We also put pressure on to their spin bowling. In the last game, we let them bowl a bit too much. Today, there was a bit of emphasis on putting him [Mehidy Hasan Miraz] under pressure so that they bring on the quick bowlers back a bit more. It worked quite nicely for us today," he said.

The batting coach lauded Blackcap's skipper Tom Latham for his 12th Test century, he was unbeaten on 186 runs.

"I have seen some amazing innings from him [Latham] in all formats. He has the temperament and confidence through the work he puts in between Tests. His numbers as a New Zealand opener is fantastic. He is a good leader in the group,"

Ronchi didn't expect Conway to be too perturbed about being on 99 overnight.

"Devoj is a different individual. He is more than happy to be on whatever score, and still be batting. He will have his sleep tonight, and start again tomorrow. He will just be Devon Conway. He has put out some outrageous numbers from the winter to this summer. It is a pleasure watching him bat," he added.