October 24, 2013 1:59:58 am
Corey Andersons maiden century and half centuries by tailenders BJ Watling and Ish Sodhi lifted New Zealand to 419 for 8 and a 137-run lead over Bangladesh on the third day of the second Test on Wednesday. New Zealand,which has never lost a Test to Bangladesh,was almost in position to win the Test and two-match series after the first was drawn.
Anderson was the star with 116 in only his second Test on a day when the Kiwis scored more than 300 for the loss of five wickets. Kane Williamson pitched in with 62,and Ross Taylor 53. Watling and Sodhi remained unbeaten on 59 and a career-best 55 respectively.
Shakib Al Hasan was the best of the Bangladesh bowlers,taking 5 for 97 off 40 overs. He made the first breakthrough in the morning,claiming Taylor after New Zealand resumed from 107 for 3 overnight at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Anderson and Williamson added 140 runs for the fifth wicket to put New Zealand within 15 runs of Bangladeshs first-innings total before tea.
Brief scores: NZ 419 for 8 in 133 ovs (C Anderson 116,K Williamson 62,BJ Watling 59 batting,Ish Sodhi 55 batting; S Al Hasan 5/97) vs Ban: 282 (T Iqbal 95,N Wagner 5/64,Ish Sodhi 3/59)