New Zealand press for victory

HAMILTON: New Zealand will press for victory on the final day of the one-off Test after dismissing Bangladesh's top order cheaply on the fourth day here today.

The Tigers will begin the fifth day on 88-5 in their second innings, chasing an improbable victory target of 404. Earlier, opener Tim McIntosh led the way with 89 for the Kiwis as they eventually declared on 258-5. Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori then took 2-23 as Bangladesh prepared for a rearguard battle.

The hosts had begun the day on 9-1, 154 runs ahead, and lost opener Peter Ingram before McIntosh shared stands of 72 with both Ross Taylor (51) and Martin Guptill. Bangladesh were left to regret lapses in the field when Mohammad Mahmudullah grassed a simple caught-and-bowled chance from McIntosh just after lunch. Shafiul Islam then dropped both Guptill and McIntosh, fumbling a catch on the boundary as the latter swept Mahmudullah for a six. Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim saw Bangladesh through to the close.