Daniel Vettori has produced a fine captain's knock to steer New Zealand's first innings lead well past 200 on the second day of the second cricket test against Bangladesh in Wellington today.
New Zealand went to tea at 346 for seven with Vettori 58 not out and Kyle Mills 3 not out, but Mills was bowled soon after the restart and 20 minutes after tea, the home side was 363 for eight, a lead of 220 after Bangladesh were dismissed on the first day for 143.
Earlier, Stephen Fleming missed a great chance to score his first test century at the Basin Reserve.
The former New Zealand captain was dismissed for 87, caught in deep, off by Aftab Ahmed off Shakib Al Hasan.
Fleming has yet to score a test ton at the Basin Reserve with his best remaining 97 scored against the West Indies in 2006.
New Zealand had struggled through to lunch on the second day at 228 for five but it could have been worse if Bangladesh had held their catches.
Four catches were all dropped in the first 90 minutes before Bangladesh finally held one to end Mathew Sinclair's unconvincing effort, caught behind for 47.
Bangladesh struck again quickly when first test century maker Jacob Oram was also sent back to the pavillion, also caught behind, but replays suggested the tall left hander had been given out to a delivery that flicked his pad.
Sinclair's innings was a struggle throughout. After resuming today on 9 not out, he was dropped three times and survived a very close lbw shout before Bangladesh finally held a catch to capture their fourth NZ wicket with the total on 214.
Fleming has also had a chance, when a skied drive dropped when he was on 61.
There were seven fours in Sinclair's 81 ball stay that began dramatically when he surived a big appeal for lbw which replays suggested would have hit leg stump and was then dropped at first slip later in the over.
Both Sinclair and his Fleming struggled to get bat on ball at times in the face of some testing bowling that was, unfortunately for the tourists, not backed up by the fielding.
Shahadat Hossain was particularly impressive his two for 52 off 18 overs could easily have been much better.
SCOREBOARD (just after tea):
First innings 143
C Cumming lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 42
M Bell c Mushfiqur Rahim b Sajidul Islam 1
P Fulton lbw b Mashrafe Mortaza 22
S Fleming c Aftab Ahmed b Shakib Al Hasan 87
M Sinclair c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shahadat Hossain 47
J Oram c Mushfiqur Rahim b Shahadat Hossain 1
B McCullum c Shakib Al Hasan b Shahadat Hossain 40
D Vettori not out 69
K Mills b Mortaza 4
Extras (b 5, lb 21, w 10, nb 13) 49
Total (8wkts; 96 overs) 362
To bat: C Martin, I O'Brien
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Bell, 1.5 ov), 2-35 (Fulton, 8.6 ov), 3-118 (Cumming, 35.1 ov), 4-214 (Sinclair, 60.5 ov), 5-216 (Oram, 62.2 ov), 6-242 (Fleming, 71.1 ov), 7-323 (McCullum, 86.3 ov), 8-362 (Mills).
Bowling: Mashrafe Mortaza 25-5-80-2 (1w), Sajidul Islam 14-1-91-1 (5nb, 4w), Shahadat Hossain 27-4-83-3 (6nb, 1w), Aftab Ahmed 9-2-22-0, Shakib Al Hasan 19-7-44-2, Mohammad Ashraful 2-0-16-0.
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