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New Zealand lose Raval before lunch

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/01/2017 Dave Williams

Jeet Raval of New Zealand bats during day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Basin Reserve © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Jeet Raval of New Zealand bats during day three of the First Test match between New Zealand and Bangladesh at Basin Reserve New Zealand have lost a wicket early as they try to chase down Bangladesh's massive first innings total in Wellington.

Kamrul Islam got Jeet Raval (27) with his first delivery just before lunch on the third day, the ball climbing on the left-hander and catching the edge for wicket-keeper Imrul Kayes to take the catch.

New Zealand were 55-1 at lunch, still 540 runs behind Bangladesh's 595-8 declared.

Tom Latham was unbeaten on 27 and captain Kane Williamson one.

Taskin Ahmed should have had Raval out for 24 in his first over, but Shakib Al Hasan dropped an easy catch at third slip.

The Bangladesh bowling attack is light on experience.

They opened with offspinner Mehedi Hasan, who is in just his third Test, but already has 19 wickets from the two-Test series against England.

They also used quick bowlers Subashis Roy and Taskin, both of whom are on debut, while Kamrul has just two previous Tests under his belt.

Earlier, Bangladesh batted for 65 minutes in the morning before declaring at 595-8.

The innings lasted 152 overs.

Bangladesh had resumed at 542-7 after the second-day heroics of Shakib (217) and Mushfiqur Rahim (159) and their record-breaking 359-run partnership.

New Zealand were sloppy in the field on the third morning.

Latham dropped an easy catch at mid on and even a fumble by Williamson allowed a boundary.

The only wicket of the morning was Taskin (three) who was caught at second slip off Neil Wagner.

Wagner was the most successful of the New Zealand bowlers with 4-151 off 44 overs.

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