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Bangladesh in New Zealand, 2010


New Zealand in charge after Bangladesh top order collapse

18 February 2010

Bangladesh needs a further 316 with five wickets in hand on the final day of its one-off Test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

After Daniel Vettori declared the Black Caps' second innings closed at 5 for 258 early in the third session on day four, the visitors slumped to 5 for 88 in reply, a far cry from their first innings of 408.

At stumps, Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was yet to score and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim was on 10. Bangladesh's chance to extend 5th days play will largely depend on these two batsmen. First innings centurion Mahmudullah is the only recognised batsman left after this pair.

Tamim Iqbal made an inexplicably fast start for the tourists, smashing 30 off just 19 deliveries before losing his head, and his wicket, when Daryl Tuffey took a brilliant catch to give Vettori his first wicket. Bangladesh's top order crumbled after the departure of Tamim and lost their wickets without even putting up a fight.


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