Tigers stave off Kiwi threat

Black Caps claim series win after rain-hit Test

Last Updated: 29/10/08 4:07pm

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New Zealand celebrate the series win

New Zealand celebrate the series win

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Second Test Match
Mirpur
New Zealand 262-6 dec (J D Ryder 91, B B McCullum 66) & 79-1 v Bangladesh 169-9 dec (D L Vettori 5-66)
Bangladesh drew with New Zealand

A superb rearguard from spin bowler Shakib Al Hasan and paceman Mashrafe Mortaza spared Bangladesh's blushes on the final day of the second Test against New Zealand.

With the first three days washed out a positive result was always unlikely but, after the Kiwis made 262 for six on day four, the hosts slumped to 44 for six midway through the final morning.

Daniel Vettori, who had taken three wickets in one over the night before, claimed the fifth wicket to fall - that of opener Tamim Iqbal - while fellow spinner Jeetan Patel and Iain O'Brien removed Mehrab Hossain Jnr and Mushfiqur Rahman respectively.

But, with the Tigers facing an embarrassing follow on, Al Hasan (49) and Mortaza (48) stopped the rot with a seventh wicket stand of 78 to end the Black Caps' distant hopes of victory.

However, having won the first Test New Zealand took the series by a 1-0 margin.

Hasan was just one run short of his half century before becoming Vettori's fifth victim, while Mortaza continued and reached 48 before he was caught by Daniel Flynn off O'Brien after clubbing two sixes and seven boundaries.

Mortaza then claimed an early wicket in New Zealand's second innings, removing opener Jamie How for eight, but Aaron Redmond (30no) and Jesse Ryder (39no) compiled an unbeaten 71-run stand for the second wicket as the game petered out to a draw.

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