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Vettori Guides NZ To Brink Of Record Run Chase

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Auckland, Oct 21 NZPA - New Zealand, with Daniel Vettori inevitably at the helm, were remorselessly heading for victory in the first cricket test against Bangladesh at tea on the final day in Chittagong.

The New Zealand captain's immense contribution to a fluctuating test continued on day five at the Divisional Stadium as he guided the visitors to within reach of the 317-run victory target.

New Zealand were 281 for five at tea, requiring just another 36 runs to cap their highest ever successful fourth innings run chase on foreign soil.

Vettori, who took nine Bangladeshi wickets and top scored with an unbeaten 55 during New Zealand's unsatisfactory first innings, continued tormenting counterpart Mohammad Ashraful by crafting his second half century off 164 deliveries.

Vettori was unbeaten on 69 entering the final session, which allows New Zealand 32 overs to tick off the shortfall.

Test rookie Daniel Flynn was not out 29, the pair having added 65 for the sixth wicket after New Zealand had slipped to 216 for five seven balls into the middle session.

Not out 0 overnight, Vettori eventually recorded a fifty in each innings for the first time in his 84-test career after narrowly missing out on a fourth 10-wicket haul.

Vettori gained valuable support from Aaron Redmond, the dour opener progressing from 62 to 79 and Flynn who helped steady the innings after the loss of Ross Taylor (9) and Brendon McCullum (2) either side of lunch.

Taylor played a loose cut to point to gift Mashrafe Mortaza his first scalp while McCullum was cut off by Sri Lankan umpire Asoka de Silva, who adjudged him leg before wicket to Abdur Razzak despite the ball clearing pitching outside leg stump.

Razzak was the most successful of the seven bowlers utilised by Ashraful with two for 77 from a marathon 44 overs.

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