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Bangladesh took an unbelievable DRS referral against New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor on the fourth day of the 1st Test and left everyone present at the site bemused. The instance took place in the 37th over of New Zealand’s second innings when Taskin Ahmed was bowling. The commentators were shocked at Bangladesh’s decision to review the on-field umpire’s decision while the crowd booed in the background looking at the replay of the delivery.

On the fifth ball of the 37th over, Ahmed bowled a yorker-length delivery which was easily defended by Ross Taylor. However, Bangladesh not only appealed for this but went on to take a DRS for the same. In the replay shown on the big screens, it was clearly visible that the ball had hit the middle part of the bat and was nowhere close to Taylor’s pads. As soon as the replay was shown, the crowd started booing while the commentators laughed so hard.

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This is not the first instance that Bangladesh have taken such a strange DRS referral. Back in 2016, they had done something similar against India’s Virat Kohli. Then it was Mushfiqur Rahim who had signalled for the review but the whole thing turned out to be a farce in the end as the ball was clearly seen hitting the middle of Kohli’ bat just below the sticker.

Bangladesh end Day 4 in driver’s seat

Apart from the strange DRS referral, Bangladesh have done pretty much everything right in this Test match. After bowling out New Zealand for 328 in the first innings, Bangladesh put 458 on the board and took a 130-run lead. A fabulous batting display from the Tigers was backed by disciplined bowling from Ebadat Hossain in the second innings. The pacer took four of the five wickets and helped his team end Day 4 in a commanding position.

On the other hand, New Zealand are feeling the absence of their best batsman, Kane Williamson who is out with an injury. Will Young showed some promise with a 69 in the second innings but the other batters looked shabby. The hosts are 17 runs ahead with five wickets down and would want to give their bowlers enough runs on the board to defend.