New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 19, 2013

Mirpur pitch could turn more - Fulton

New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton has said that the pitch for the second Test and final Test in Mirpur, starting on Monday, could favour the spinners more. He said both New Zealand and Bangladesh will push for a result, following the draw in Chittagong.

"We are definitely keen to win the match," Fulton said. "I am sure Bangladesh will also be keen. So regardless of the wicket, both teams will try to get a result. It looks very dry, not a lot of grass on it. It is similar to the Chittagong game, preparing it to be low and slow.

"The wicket may turn more than it did in Chittagong. We are preparing for every scenario. It is not necessarily easy to get results. Five days is a long time in a Test match. If we improve on our first Test performance, we can get a result."

A draw loomed in Chittagong until Sohag Gazi's hat-trick on the final afternoon sparked hope for Bangladesh. In contrast, the New Zealand spinners, Bruce Martin and Ish Sodhi, were a work-in-progress throughout the Test as both were playing their first Test in the subcontinent. Fulton believes the bowlers need to be more patient.

"The Bangladesh spinners bowled well, as we expected them to. They kept it quite tight. They probably came into it a bit more on the last day when we were pushing for a declaration. Our spinners got better as the game went on. They can learn from the first Test. As a bowling unit, if we can be patient for a little bit longer, we will pick up wickets," Fulton said.

Fulton scored two fifties in the game, but his first-innings dismissal was a forgettable one. He dragged a long-hop straight to cover and walked away a distraught figure. There was a hundred for the taking, a first since the New Zealand summer when he struck his comeback ton against England.

"It is not easy to bat here with the heat. You have to work hard for runs. We have to get off to a good start which will set the team up for a result. I found it hard in the first innings with the heat. Like all the guys, we adjusted little bit and found things a little bit easier," he said.

Fulton is also hoping that his opening partner Hamish Rutherford will come good in the Mirpur Test. The left-hander made starts in both innings, but fell for scores of 34 and 32. "He is quite an aggressive player, so sometimes he might not push on to get the big scores as he would like. He is a very good player, and very aggressive at the start which takes the pressure off me," Fulton said.

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

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  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    well, its really not that we are trying to pull legs of NZ. someone just said that NZ were unlucky not to win the series against England and I totally understand that feelings. Its just that, in sub continent we are really desperate cricket lovers. and no one can deny that we are improving. its not only at home, bangladesh drew in a test in Srilanka and also drew the one day series at Srilanka very recently. And if you compare the spinners of the two sides i would give Bangladesh a 8 out of 10 and a 5 out of 10 to Kiwi spinners. so, is it a illogical for us to expect a series win against kiwis considering the fact that we will play at home and also in a spinning slow track? i hope, everyone will understand our feelings and passion for the game.

  • jared on October 19, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Geez, every article i read about nz vs bangladesh somebody is putting the boot into the black caps. I like to think i give bangladesh a fair go, newish team still finding their feet at international level, pretty competitive at home but pretty poor abroad but improving all the time which is good for the global game, but its like most bangladesh fans would like to see nz cricket wiped from the map and can only go on about how rubbish we are, i'll admit we are hardly world beaters at the moment but we are improving as well and we have achieved alot more in the last decade despite our decline than bangladesh and to my knowledge they still havn't beaten us in a test so not sure what leg bangladesh fans have to stand on while putting the boot into our team, while i think a draw is the most likely outcome i really hope we win now to stop the nonsense

  • Colin on October 19, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    @Lermy NZ are not the best team for sure but were good enough to hold England to nil all in NZ recently and were very unlucky not to win that series.

    Also they completed recent test victories in Sri Lanka and last time the played Australia in Australia defeated them as well. In between there has been plenty of rubbish.

    However I believe we have a very good pace attack and some up and coming batsman. The problem is really a lack of a top end spinner and a lack of experience in our batting. So to say we are are the worst team since forever is about as as accurate as saying Australia will take the Ashes back in the upcoming series.

  • Kevin on October 19, 2013, 19:23 GMT

    At least NZ can blame the heat. Maybe they should just admit they are the worst cricket team since forever. If Bangladesh can't beat NZ in their own conditions, they should give up and take up lawn bowls instead because you're never going to strike weaker opposition who are already giving excuses for losing a game that hasn't even started yet.

  • Shoaib on October 19, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Its funny that Bangladesh against top 8 opposition always loses the toss. Against Sri Lanka this year they 'lost' both the tosses and again in the first test against New Zealand. These tosses need to be closely recorded as I have a feeling they are deliberate for certain teams and give weaker teams less chances as possible to draw/win. But hey? Bangladesh still were able to draw both these test matches and didn't lose the other 1 by an innings. Just watch how Bangladesh loses the toss in the second test match on monday to prove my theory correct.

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    I have lived in the Middle East for extended periods. The heat is unbearable. I cannot imagine how they play in all that sun and heat. The Humane Society should take up the case and demand that there be "Night only" games in the Middle East.

  • Sayeed on October 19, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    I hope the pitch to behave a bit more in favor of the hosts... Well, NZ also needs to make runs a bit quickly if they truly are looking forward for a result...

  • Shoaib on October 19, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    I'm surprised the wicket didn't go as expected in the first test but then again it was a newly relaid pitch built with new drainage facilities. Hopefully the pitch at Mirpur will have what we're looking for and New Zealand could be in a lot of trouble with left and right arm combination of Shakib and Gazi. This is a big opportunity for Bangladesh to win a test series against a major opposition.

  • Syed on October 19, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    If you think Bangladesh spinners were excellent and that it was really hot (Bangladesh is currently extremely hot), then try playing Ajmal is UAE ! Great preliminary news about the wicket being turning and therefore a win for Bangladesh is likely!

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