New Zealand Complete Three-Wicket Win In Chittagong

New Zealand 171 (Shakib Al Hasan 7-36) & 317-7 (Redmond 79) beat
Bangladesh 245 & 242 (Shakib Al Hasan 71) by three wickets

1st Test, Chittagong, day five

Captain Daniel Vettori scored his second half-century of the match as New Zealand successfully reached 317 to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in the first Test in Chittagong.

Vettori, who believed his side needed only to play at 50% to win the series, saw his side outplayed for the first three days before hitting back to bowl Bangladesh out for 242 in their second innings and confidently chase down a stiff fourth innings target to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.

In the morning session, Aaron Redmond moved his score on to 79 before he was caught by Zunaid Siddique ofof Shakib Al Hasan before Ross Taylor was caught by substitute Mahbubul Alam off of Mashrafe Mortaza for nine.

Vettori, who scored 55 not out in the first innings, moved himself up the order to protect the middle order when Ross Taylor fell late last night, once again led by example having already grabbed nine wickets in the match and was out after tea for 76 when he was bowled by Abdur Razzak.

Bangladesh had earlier struck in the afternoon session when Brendon McCullum was trapped in front by Razzak but were unable to pick up any further wickets as Daniel Flynn offered his captain stout support, narrowly missing a half-century, making 49 for the second time in his short Test career.

He was well caught at short leg by Naeem Islam off of Shakib with the scores level, leaving Jacob Oram unbeaten on eight while Kyle Mills (one not out) included the winning run.

Razzak finished with three for 93 as Bangladesh's hunt for a second Test win, their first coming against Zimbabwe, continues - the feeling surrounding this match is that being so unused to being in a winning situation, they lacked the ability to close the game out, ironically a criticism that has been levelled at New Zealand recently.

The second Test in Mirpur begins on October 25th.

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