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Kiwis win Bangladesh series after drawn second Test

October 29, 2008 18:23 IST

New Zealand [Images] and Bangladesh drew the rain-affected second Test on Wednesday when both captains agreed to halt the contest 40 minutes before the scheduled close on the final day, handing the tourists a 1-0 series victory.

New Zealand had reached 79-1 in their second innings, a lead of 172, after Bangladesh had earlier narrowly avoided following on to dash the visitors' hopes of securing an unlikely win in a match that lost more than three days to the weather

Resuming after tea on 34-1, New Zealand, who won the first Test by three wickets in Chittagong last week, added 45 runs in 19 overs as the contest petered out into a draw.

Opener Aaron Redmond (30) and Jesse Ryder (39) were unbeaten at the close after Bangladesh had limped past the follow-on target of 162.

Bangladesh were lifted by all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (49) and bowler Mashrafe Mortaza [Images] (48), who batted cautiously to salvage the home side's innings with a seventh-wicket partnership of 78 to overcome a fine bowling display by Daniel Vettori [Images].

New Zealand skipper Vettori finished with figures of 5-66, his 17th five-wicket haul in Tests, and Iain O'Brien chipped in with three victims for 31 as Bangladesh reached 169-9 after lunch before the home side declared 93 runs behind the tourists.

"I am pretty happy, but obviously disappointed that in the first Test Bangladesh were on top for some periods," Vettori told reporters.

Spinner Jeetan Patel had secured the day's first breakthrough, trapping Mehrab Hossain (7) lbw while pace bowler O'Brien had Mushfiqur Rahim (7) caught behind by Brendon McCullum.

In between, Vettori removed opener Tamim Iqbal (24) and the home side did well to recover from 44-6 early in the morning session.

"Our top order-batsmen failed to score so we lost the series," conceded Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful [Images].


 New Zealand (1st innings): 262-6 dec

 Bangladesh (1st innings): (overnight 13-3)
 Tamim Iqbal c Taylor b Vettori 24
 Junaid Siddique st McCullum b Vettori 4
 Mohammad Ashraful lbw b Vettori 0
 Rajin Saleh lbw b Vettori 0
 Mehrab Hossain lbw Patel 7
 Mushfiqur Rahim c McCullum b O'Brien 7
 Shakib Al Hasan lbw Vettori 49
 Mashrafe Mortaza c Flynn b O'Brien 48
 Abdur Razzak not out 16
 Shahadat Hossain c Vettori b O'Brien 4
 Extras: (nb-2 lb-2 w-6) 10
 Total: (for nine wickets, 58.1 overs) 169

 Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-13, 3-13, 4-26, 5-44, 6-44, 7-122, 8-155, 9-169.

 Bowling: Mills 9-4-22-0 (2nb), O'Brien 13.1-3-31-3 (w6), Patel 15-6-45-1, Vettori 19-6-66-5, Redmond 2-0-3-0.

 Did not bat: Mahbubul Alam.

 New Zealand (2nd innings):
 J How c Abdur Razzak b Mashrafe Mortaza 8
 A Redmond not out 30
 J Ryder not out 39
 Extras: (b-1 nb-1) 2
 Total: (for one wicket, 31 overs) 79

 Fall of wickets: 1-8

 Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 5-1-14-1, Mahbubul Alam 3-1-12-0, Abdur Razzak 7-1-12-0, Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-2-0, Shahadat Hossain 6-0-20-0 (1nb), Junaid Siddique 2-0-2-0, Mohammad Ashraful 1-0-4-0, Mehrab Hossain 4-1-11-0, Tamim Iqbal 1-0-1-0.

 Did not bat: Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, Daniel Flynn, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Jeetan Patel, Iain O'Brien, Grant Elliot.

 Result: Match ended in draw.

 Player of the match and series: Daniel Vettori (New Zealand)

 First Test: New Zealand beat Bangladesh by three wickets.

 New Zealand win the two-match series 1-0.

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