Bangladesh v NZ, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 3rd day October 28, 2004

Vettori puts New Zealand on the brink

Bulletin by Wisden Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh 182 (Omar 58, Vettori 6-70, Wiseman 3-68) and 210 for 8 (Mashud 51, Vettori 4-77) trail New Zealand 545 for 6 dec by 153 runs
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Daniel Vettori: among the wickets again at Chittagong © AFP

Daniel Vettori maintained his stranglehold over the Bangladesh batsmen, taking ten wickets in the match so far and putting New Zealand on the brink of their second consecutive innings victory. At close of play on the third day at Chittagong, Bangladesh, after being bowled out for 182 in their first innings, were 210 for 8, needing 153 more to make New Zealand bat again.

It was another wretched day for Bangladesh, who lost 15 wickets for 310 runs all told. Their story was a familiar one: although several batsmen got off to starts, only Javed Omar in the first and Khaled Mashud in the second innings, made substantial contributions. Had it not been for some stubborn resistance from the lower order in the final session, the match would have finished today. Stephen Fleming did his best to ensure that happened, taking the extra half-hour, but Mohammad Rafique and Tapash Baisya held out till stumps.

It had been apparent yesterday evening, when Vettori and Paul Wiseman shared the three wickets to fall, that they would be doing most of the bowling. Bangladesh's best hope of surviving was to devise some method of countering at least one of them. Using their feet to play positively against the spin was an idea worth considering, but Mohammad Ashraful tried it and failed; he came down the wicket to the second ball of the morning, and hit Wiseman straight to Nathan Astle at mid-on (82 for 4).



Javed Omar played watchfully for his first-innings half century © Getty Images

Omar, who made 45 accomplished runs last night, chose the path of resolute defence. In the company of Alok Kapali he kept the spinners at bay for a while. Half an hour passed before he made his first runs of the morning, but shortly afterwards he reached his fifth Test half-century. He then worked Wiseman for three to reach 1000 Test runs, only the second Bangladesh batsman, after Habibul Bashar, to do so.

Vettori kept working away at a middle-stump line, and he tasted his first success of the morning when he made one jump on Kapali and lob to slip via the shoulder of the bat (108 for 5). Then Omar's doughty resistance finally came to an end on 58 when an inside edge off Wiseman looped off his pad to silly point. Vettori took the final wicket to fall in the morning session, trapping Mashud lbw (142 for 7).

The spectators were then briefly treated to some rich entertainment by Mohammad Rafique. He came out with no intention of pottering around like some of his team-mates, and he quickly sent the close-in fielders scattering for cover with some gigantic swipes. Wiseman suddenly found his bowling being flayed to all parts, but even he would not have suffered half as much pain as Mark Richardson, who was hit flush on his helmet as he turned his back on a full-blooded stroke. Rafique, who made a hundred against West Indies earlier this year, continued on his merry way. After lunch he hit an enormous six off Vettori, his third, but then holed out off the next ball to deep midwicket (181 for 8). The last two wickets fell for the addition of one more run.

Vettori had taken 6 for 70, and was soon among the wickets again as Bangladesh followed on. After Wiseman and James Franklin had taken care of the openers, Vettori winkled out the middle order, nailing Aftab Ahmed, Ashraful (for his second duck of the day) and Rajin Saleh. Mashud fought on, reaching 51 before becoming the day's last casualty, bowled by Jacob Oram. With five overs still left at that stage, New Zealand fancied their chances of wrapping it up before the close, but Rafique and Baisya scotched those hopes. Both played with abandon - Rafique's 30 included five fours and a six, while Baisya slammed three fours in his 15. Together, they ensured that New Zealand would have to wait just a little longer to seal the series.