Vettori thrilled with chase

Touring skipper delighted with record chase

By Joe Drabble   Last updated: 21st October 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Vettori thrilled with chase

Vettori: Match-winning display

Throughout the history of New Zealand cricket we have never chased that well outside our country. So it was really pleasing.

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Daniel Vettori revealed his personal delight after he struck his second half-century of the match to inspire New Zealand to a three-wicket win over Bangladesh at Chittagong.

Vettori's second-innings knock of 76 completed a fine all-round display from the Black Caps' skipper as the tourists clawed to an unconvincing victory.

The win not only gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series, it also denied Bangladesh only their second ever Test match victory.

Set 317 runs, the highest ever fourth innings total at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium, New Zealand chased down the victory target in the final session of the fifth day with Vettori's contribution backed up by solid batting performances from Aaron Redmond (79) and Daniel Flynn.

Resuming after the tea interval on 281-5, night-watchman Vettori fell for 76 and Flynn for 49 to leave Jacob Oram (8) and Kyle Mills to polish off the remaining few runs.

"It is always important for the captain to set standards so it was pleasing for me to have made a contribution with the bat and ball," Vettori said.

"I am pretty pleased with the effort in chasing 317 against Bangladesh who I thought had the momentum. Shakib and Razzak bowled exceptionally, so it was not an easy challenge.

"Throughout the history of New Zealand cricket we have never chased that well outside our country. So it was really pleasing.

"Young guys like Redmond and Flynn playing their first Test, it's pleasing to make history and this will help us carry over the momentum in the next Test."

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