CHITTAGONG: Bangladesh staged a late fightback against New Zealand to set up an intriguing finish to the first Test after the tourist batted sensibly in the second innings here on Monday.
Opener Aaron Redmond (62 batting) and Jesse Ryder (38) had put New Zealand in a commanding position through their 90-run second-wicket stand before the home team ran Ryder out as the tourist finished the fourth day at 145 for two.
New Zealand, chasing 317 to win, put up a remarkable batting display to change the complexion of the game before the last minute dismissal left the match in balance.
New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori was the other unbeaten batsman with nought.
The Kiwis need another 172 runs to win or bat out the 90 overs to draw the match on Tuesday.
Bangladesh, which made 242 runs in its second innings earlier in the day, failed to match the first innings spark in its bowling on a weary pitch which offered little bounce. — AFPSCOREBOARD
Bangladesh — 1st innings: 245.
New Zealand — 1st innings: 171.
Bangladesh — 2nd innings: T. Iqbal c and b Vettori 33, J. Siddique c Redmond b Mills 6, R. Saleh lbw b Patel 6, M. Ashraful c Redmond b Vettori 0, M. Hossain c Mills b Patel 6, M. Rahim b O’Brien 32, Shakib c Taylor b Vettori 71, N. Islam lbw b Vettori 19, M. Mortaza st. McCullum b Redmond 44, A. Razzak c Taylor b O’Brien 18, Shahadat (not out) 0; Extras: (b-4, lb-1, nb-2) 7. Total (in 107.3 overs): 242.
Fall of wickets: 1-24, 2-36, 3-37, 4-49, 5-71, 6-127, 7-175, 8-180, 9-220.
New Zealand bowling: Mills 18-2-55-1, O’Brien 17-7-28-2, Vettori 42-13-74-4, Patel 20-7-53-2, Oram 8-2-19-0, Redmond 2.3-1-8-1.
New Zealand — 2nd innings: J. How b Razzak 36, A. Redmond (batting) 62, J. Ryder (run out) 38, D. Vettori (batting) 0; Extras: (b-5, lb-3, w-1) 9. Total: (for two wkts. in 64 overs) 145.
Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-145.
Bangladesh bowling: Mortaza 6-2-16-0, Shahadat 9-1-32-0, Razzak 19-6-33-1, Shakib 22-9-34-0, Hossain 2-0-6-0, Islam 5-1-7-0, Ashraful 1-0-9-0.