Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 3rd day October 11, 2013

Rutherford confident of NZ chances


New Zealand's 89-run lead at the end of the third day is significant enough to force a win, according to opening batsmanHamish Rutherford. But he was wary of the pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, which has shown signs of deterioration.

Bangladesh ended the day on 380 for 7, with Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak at the crease. Whatever total Bangladesh end up at, they are likely to get there quickly and the prospect of a result would then depend on how New Zealand approach their second innings.

"I still believe that we have a good chance of winning," Rutherford said. "Leading into day five, if we can take these wickets early tomorrow and score some quick runs, hopefully the pitch can help us take those wickets.

"I wouldn't say in a couple of sessions," Rutherford said when asked about how much time would New Zealand need to dismiss Bangladesh on the last day. "Maybe two and a half. I think that is an ideal target. If it does tend to break-up and there's some scoreboard pressure, we have always thought that we could probably force a collapse."

Mominul Haque, Bangladesh's best batsman on the day, lamented the seven wickets that Bangladesh lost, particularly the ones after his dismissal with two hours of play left.

"It would have been better if we lost one less wicket. I think Mushfiqur bhai and I could have stayed a little more. He was helping me a lot, telling me to be careful against the second new ball," he said.

Rutherford reflected on a tough day for New Zealand as despite the wickets, Bangladesh batted well. The bowlers had to toil hard, with Doug Bracewell and Corey Anderson picking up two wickets. Bracewell was attacked frequently by Mominul but the debutant left-arm seamer, Anderson, was tighter.

Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Kane Williamson took the other three wickets to fall, but it wasn't the greatest of times for Bruce Martin, going wicketless in 21 overs. Sodhi too gave away 89 runs at more than four an over, but Rutherford said the team would keep backing him to bowl aggressively.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • john on October 12, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @22many.u are right, may be hesson should knock on the captains door before the next test and sort things out...

  • asik on October 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Rutherford did not know Gazi and Robiul will paly a 100 runs over partnership.Nothing is certain in cricket!If Bangladesh take a lead of 100 or more runs,then it will be tough for N. Zealand to survive the next day,because the ball is now moving more and opponent bowler are more confident now!Hope tigers will do well!

  • Dion on October 12, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    BD are a tougher side to beat at home. NZ fans should stop bashing the team, captain and coach. Under McCullum and Hesson NZ has looked a lot better and had some good results against far better opposition. And remember NZ is a Bowler or two light from the best side.

  • paul on October 11, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    @kiwipom One has to ask the question on why Hesson and McCullum decided to go into this test with the spinners they did...The Tigers play spin day in day out..surely we only needed one ..the whole attack looks toothless although Anderson has stepped up . A draw here is a win for the Tigers and one must start to ask if the White Hesson /McCullum experiment is now looking like a failure...The skipper looked out of ideas(to me he has never had any anyway) in the third session and to be honest, his scatter gun field placings are now becoming a bore. At least Taylor knew how to win tests with a five day plan..McCullum has a one day 20/20 mind span which doesn't work in test matches... One has to praise the way the Tigers have batted..well done

  • Geoff on October 11, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    I cannot recall the last time NZ fielded such a poor spin attack. It's been a bit like playing with 9 men.

  • Shoaib on October 11, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    Draw is not a success for New Zealand. You are playing a 'minnow' and a win should be expected. There hasn't even been any rain in this match. What Bangladesh should do tomorrow is bat as long as possible and get to their total as close as possible so that way Bangladesh can guarantee itself a draw. Both teams played good Cricket so far but have also been careless at times.

  • Dummy4 on October 11, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Rutherford is indeed being too optimistic. We still have 3 wickets and that should be enough to close the lead or get very close. And then if the pitch detoriates, then those ugly spinners will kill u. Remember our spinners are among the best in the world and we have an army of spinners. Even Mominul is a wicket taker.

  • Syed on October 11, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    A bit optimistic Rutherford because you guys still need to put up a decent score on the board. The pitch is starting to deteriorate as the odd ball from the NZ spinners were turning sharply however they don't have any bowlers to exploit it unlike the Bangladesh spinners.Inshallah the tail can do what the NZ tail did and add an extra 100 runs although that is unlikely and depends how Gazi bats and if Robiul will connect with his slogs.

  • mainul on October 11, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Indeed newzeland have a great chance if they can take those 3 wickets quickly. Even 50 runs lead will prove vital. Chasing 250 is always difficult for any test playing nation in fourth innings. Last time Pakistan succumbed to zimbabwe chasing 250

  • Farhan on October 11, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    He should be Theres no way NZ losing this test. Only if BD could stop the last wicket partnership they'd have had a chance to win this test :(

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