New Zealand led Bangladesh by 85 runs in reply to the hosts first innings total of 501 as rain forced umpires to declare an early stump amid strong possibility of a drawn match on the fourth day of the first test Saturday.
Chittagong,though 600 kms from where the eye of Phailin hit Indias east coast,is within the reach of the cyclones rainbands.
After Bangladesh took a first-innings lead of 32 runs New Zealand reached 117/1 halfway through the last session. Rains stopped but authorities decided not to resume play because of drenched outfield. Peter Fulton was not out on 44 with Kane Williamson unbeaten on 28 at stumps. Earlier,Hamish Rutherford fell on 32 in a match that will likely require a bold declaration by the visitors if they are to avoid a draw.
Bangladesh were,earlier,dismissed in the second session after Sohag Gazi scored his maiden century and contributed 105 runs in the ninth wicket partnership with Robiul Islam to help his side cruise to 501. Gazis 101 runs came off 161 balls that included 10 fours and three sixes.
Immediately after the lunch break Robiul was out on 33 without adding any scores to the lunch figure. Rubel Hossain was the last batsman to fall on 4,ending the Bangladesh innings.
BRIEF SCORES: New Zealand 469 and 117/1 in 40 overs (P Fulton 44*,H Rutherford 32; N Hossain 1/20) vs Bangladesh 501 (M Haque 181,S Gazi 101*; D Bracewell 3/96,C Anderson 2/34) at stumps on Day 4