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Day three of second Test delayed by rain

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly
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Rain has delayed the start of play on day three of the evenly-poised second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch.

The wet weather which ended play 12 overs early on Saturday continued through the night and the covers remained in place at Hagley Oval.

The forecast is for conditions to lighten in the afternoon but ongoing showers could wash out the entire's day play.

The last two days are expected to be clear.

The delay halts the momentum created by Bangladesh late on day two, setting up the chance of a first-ever Test win over the Black Caps.

Left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan snared three middle-order wickets in the space of nine balls to reduce the hosts to 260-7, still trailing Bangladesh by 29 runs.

Seamer Taskin Ahmed reckons world class allrounder Shakib, the most experienced member of their raw XI, can be influential with both bat and ball.

"Yes. Shakib, he's one of the best bowlers in our country," Taskin said.

"No doubt, he's a great bowler. He can do anything on any wicket."

New Zealand opener Tom Latham says his team will be anxious to reclaim the advantage they let slip when play resumes, with Henry Nicholls poised on 56.

"The Test match is pretty even. If we can build some partnerships with the tail hopefully we can put the momentum back in our favour."

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