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New Zealand in Bangladesh, 2008


New Zealand clinch series after tame draw

29 October 2008

New Zealand clinched the two match Brac Bank Test series 1-0 after the rain affected Dhaka Test ended in a tame draw. Couple of sporting declarations from Danie Vettori and Mohammad Ashraful created some interest in the otherwise ill fated Test match, but at the end New Zealand played safe to secure the Test series.

The first three days of the match were washed out due to inclement weather and play finally resumed on fourth day effectively reducing the Test into a two day affair. After New Zealand's first innings declaration on 262 for 6, Bangladesh managed to find itself in trouble after Vettori picked three Bangladesh top order wickets in the penultimate over of day four.

Bangladesh started day five on 13-3 with the threat of facing follow on and were soon reduced to 44 for 6 with 119 still needed to avoif the follow on. Timely rearguard innings from first Test hero Shakib Al Hasan (49) and Mashrafe Mortaza (48) saved the blushes for Bangladesh.

Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful declared Bangladesh innigs on 169 for 9, still 93 runs behind, to force an improbable result. However, New Zealand didn't take any risk with series victory in sight and played for a draw. The two teams agreed to end the match after New Zealand reached 79 for 1, a lead of 172 runs, in the second innings and only 22 overs available for the day.


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