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Tamim Iqbal still hopeful of positive results in Wellington

At stumps of day four at the Wellington Basin Reserve, Bangladesh are still trailing by 141 runs from the first innings total of New Zealand.

Virtually the visitors are in anterior of yet another innings defeat but Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is holding every possible stray to make the positivity out in the occasion.

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“Definitely it is difficult but anything is possible in cricket. We still have seven wickets and is Riad bhai (Mahmudullah) and Litton (Das) are yet to come,” Tamim told reporters on Monday.

The first two days at the Basin Reserve were washed out by incessant rain while the downpour curtailed 25 overs even from the third day.

“If we don’t lose any wicket or just one wicket in the opening session then there is a chance,”

he said.

“Everyone is hoping that we can bat through all the sessions. Had we lost only one wicket, then we would have been in a better position as far as earning a draw is concerned. With three wickets down, we need to cross a long road,” Bangladesh opener added who was bowled by Boult scoring just 4 in the first innings.

Mohammad Mithun and Soumya Sarkar are unbeaten with 25 and 12 runs respectively.

Defending his teammates against drastic batting collapse, Tamim said it is not easy to bat in down under.

“It is not easy to bat here. We should have batted better in the first innings because we got a good start. But there is a lot for the bowlers as the wicket is prepared that way. So we need to survive,” Tamim said.

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