19 October 2008
After single handedly dismissing New Zealand for 171 with record 7 for 36, Shakib Al Hasan took the centre stage with bat to settle the wobbling Bangladesh innings on the third day of the first Test match at Divisional Stadium in Chittagong today. Shakib's valiant 71 stretched Bangladesh's lead to 258 as the hosts ended the day on 184 for 8.
Bangladesh were firmly in command on 175 for 5 with a 249 run lead, but late strikes from Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori brought New Zealand back into the match.
Bangladesh will look to extend their lead beyond 275 with the remaining two wickets to push a victory charge on the 4th day wicket when they resume tomorrow. New Zealand's highest fourth innings succesful run chase in the sub-continent is only 82 against pakistan in 1969, and with the poor form of their top order in the current tour, Bangladesh will be looking forward to secure their first Test win against a major opponent