Kiwis eye lead
After the third day's play yesterday, New Zealand batsman Hamish Rutherford said that the Kiwis, with a lead of 89 runs, still have a chance to win the game.
Speaking to reporters at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium he said: “We are in a good position. If we can get a couple of early wickets tomorrow (Saturday) that can put us in a very good state.”
New Zealand's next aim is to snap up the remaining three Bangladesh wickets for as little as possible and set an appropriate target for them to chase in the fourth innings.
“If we can get them out with runs in our favour then those will be the runs that they will be worried about scoring. We can perhaps try to get them out in maybe two and half sessions [in the fourth innings], that is the ideal target,” he said.
“The pitch might break in the last innings and the ball might turn more and along with that there will be scoreboard pressure. We have always thought we could probably take 2 or 3 wicket at a collapse,” he added.
Rutherford also acknowledged Mominul Haque's innings, which kept them at bay for most parts of the day. “He batted very well. Once he got to a hundred, he really knuckled down and played very well,” he said.