Ryder Just Misses Out As New Zealand Declare

New Zealand 252-6 declared (Ryder 91, McCullum 66) v
Bangladesh 13-3 (Vettori 3-0)

Second Test, day four, Mirpur

Jesse Ryder fell nine short of a century before New Zealand declared their first innings on day four of the second and final Test against Bangladesh on 252 for six. Bangladesh were 13 for three at stumps after Daniel Vettori picked up three wickets without conceding a run.

After the first three days of the match were lost to rain, Bangladesh handed a Test debut to Mahbubul Alam and opted to field first having won the toss and in the fourth over of the day, Mahbubul, with his seventh ball in international cricket, had Jamie How bowled for eight to leave New Zealand on 10 for two after Aaron Redmond (two) had been trapped in frnot by Mashrafe Mortaza two balls earlier.

Ryder then struck 12 fours in his 140-ball innings as he went about rebuilding New Zealand's innings, aided first by Ross Taylor (19) and then by Brendon McCullum (66).

Ryder and McCullum added 137 for the fourth wicket which was broken when Ryder was caught by Mehrab Hossain junior off of Abdur Razzak.

New Zealand reached tea at 198 for four, with McCullum falling to Shakib Al Hasan after the break and Daniel Vettori (22) losing his wicket to Mohammad Ashraful before New Zealand declared with Daniel Flynn unbeaten on 35 and Grant Elliot on eight.

Vettori then had Zunaid Siddique stumped for four and Ashraful and Rajin Saleh both trapped in front for ducks as Bangladesh stumbled towards the close of play.

Tamim Iqbal was unbeaten on eight, Mehrab Hossain has yet to score.

New Zealand lead the series 1-0 after a three-wicket win in Chittagong.

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