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Evenly poised rain-affected Test to resume

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/01/2017 Daniel Gilhooly
Rain falls on the covers delaying the start of play during day three of the second international Test cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch on January 22, 2017. © Marty Melville / AFP Rain falls on the covers delaying the start of play during day three of the second international Test cricket match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Hagley Park Oval in Christchurch on January 22, 2017.

If the weight of support from 157 million people means anything, New Zealand will be hard-pushed to prevent a historic win from Bangladesh in the second Test.

Black Caps bowling coach Shane Jurgensen knows full well how motivated the tourists will be at Hagley Oval over the final two days of an evenly-poised Test.

Australian Jurgensen spent 2-1/2 years as firstly an assistant coach of Bangladesh and then the head coach, finishing in 2014.

He remembers how fanatical the support was then for the emerging nation.

Interest will have escalated following the Tigers' bold display in Christchurch, setting up the possibility of a first win over New Zealand in 14 attempts.

"They'll all be excited back there watching the game closely over the next couple of days," Jurgensen said.

"I think they'd have arrived with expectations of success and so far they've played well.

"Bangladesh is a very positive team, if you don't quite get it right they'll play positively and they certainly did that and put the pressure back on us."

After the third day was washed out, New Zealand will resume at 260-7 on Monday with a fight on their hands to nab a first-innings lead. Bangladesh posted 289 on day one.

Jurgensen hopes Henry Nicholls (on 56) can eke out runs with tailenders Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult in what should be lively conditions.

Then the hosts will look to improve on their first innings effort with the ball.

"We probably didn't quite get it right in the first part of day one but I'm really happy with the way that we came back," Jurgensen said.

"It's a really good opportunity in the second innings to improve."

New Zealand will climb past Pakistan to fifth on the Test rankings if successful.

Bangladesh have won just three Tests outside Bangladesh - twice against the West Indies in 2009 and then against Zimbabwe three years ago.

Victory on Tuesday would be the most meritorious, having been forced to field an under-strength team following a spate of injuries.

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