New Zealand must still be in shock, must still be hoping that what happened in the first Test was a daylight nightmare they can still wake up from.
Wishful thinking aside, the reality is that the Kiwis, the Test world champions, were beaten on their own turf by a Bangladesh side missing several of their frontline players.
It being a two-Test series means that New Zealand cannot win it but they can certainly square it and have some face saving.
Another reason for them to win this is to give a memorable sendoff to retiring veteran Ross Taylor, who said this week that Christchurch wicket would suit the home side more.
Following a chat with the groundsman, he said: “I just asked is it a normal wicket and he said ‘yes’. ‘Normal’ at Hagley Oval means very green and winning the toss means bowling first. The bowlers will be licking their lips and us batters need to apply ourselves better than we did at the Mount. I think these conditions will suit us a lot more than they did at the Mount.”
The Black Caps have won six of the eight Test played at Hagley Oval, with one won by Australia and one ending in a draw with England. Thus, a result is likely in the game we have in front of us.
As impressive as the first Test result was for Bangladesh, it was also bizarrely absurd. How could a depleted Asian side that had struggled immensely even in home conditions suddenly upset the world champions in their own backyard?
But that is what sports is and that’s the beauty of Test cricket.
The Tigers had many heroes in their historic triumph, starting with the batters, many of whom contributed, but none played a part as big as Ebadot Hossain, who came Down Under with a horrible Test record but somehow ran through the New Zealand batting lineup in the second innings.
Before him, Bangladesh batters had laid a solid foundation with an impressive first innings total of 458. With Christchurch wicket expected to favour pacers heavily, Mushfiqur Rahim and company will have to replicate that performance again.