Sunday 13 January 2008 

New Zealand On Course For Big Win Over Bangladesh

Bangladesh 143 (Martin 5-65, O'Brien 3-34) & 51-5 v
New Zealand 393 (Vettori 94, Fleming 87) in Wellington

New Zealand lead the series 1-0

Bangladesh are facing almost certain defeat after the second day of the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington, after they collapsed to 51 for five in their second innings having allowed the home side to score 393 and secure a first innings lead of 250.

Bangladesh still require a further 199 runs to make New Zealand bat again and may have to bat a batsman light after Tamim Iqbal broke a thumb in the field.

Earlier in the day, they had put up a reasonable effort in the field, once again not allowing New Zealand to pass 400 as Stephen Fleming (87) and Daniel Vettori (94) narrowly missed out on centuries.

Mathew Sinclair hit 47 and Brendon McCullum 40 although Bangladesh also conceded some 51 extras which didn't help their cause.

The pick of the bowlers was Shahadat Hossain, who picked up the wickets of Sinclair and Jacob Oram (one) in the space of three deliveries mid-innings, finishing with three for 83 , also removing McCullum.

There were two wickets each for Mashrafe Mortaza, Aftab Ahmed, and Shakib Al Hasan.

Needing a repeat of their opening stand heroics in the first Test, Bangladesh were forced to pair Junaid Siddique with Shahriar Nafees, and swiftly found themselves in deep trouble.

Chris Martin and Kyle Mills found early breakthroughs with both openers back in the pavilion with 14 on the board before three more wickets left Bangladesh staring down the barrel of a substantial defeat inside three days.

New Zealand won the first Test in Dunedin by nine wickets and bowled Bangladesh out for 143 in the first innings having won the toss.

� Cricket World 2008

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