Dhaka - Corey Anderson hit a maiden half-century as he shared an unbroken
104-run stand with Kane Williamson to put New Zealand in a strong
position in the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka Wednesday.
tourists reached 231-4 by lunch on the third day, trailing Bangladesh
by just 51 runs in the first innings with six wickets in hand.
Anderson, playing only his second Test, took the lead in New Zealand's
batting charge, scoring an unbeaten 75 alongside Williamson (56 not out)
at the interval.
The pair stood firm after Shakib Al Hasan had
raised the hosts' hopes by removing star batsman Ross Taylor for his
fourth wicket in the innings.
Taylor, playing his 50th Test,
completed his half century with a beautifully-driven extra cover
boundary. But he was heading back to the pavilion only two balls later
when Nasir Hossain pouched a catch at slip.
Former skipper Taylor
smacked five boundaries in his innings of 53 after New Zealand lost
their openers cheaply on the rain-hit second day.
The Black Caps
resumed the day's play on 107-3 and batted cautiously until Anderson and
Williamson opened up to put the pressure back on the bowlers.
Anderson, 23, gloved the second ball he faced but it dropped inches short of wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
The 23-year-old cashed in on his good fortune and brought up his 72-ball fifty with three runs from a Shakib delivery.
fluent batting allowed Williamson to anchor the innings and take New
Zealand to a position from which they can now eye a first-innings lead.