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Bangladesh coach hopes for the best

The coach Siddons is banking on two centuries from the other batsmen after reckless display leaves them looking down the barrel.

The Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons admits it is going to take "something special" for his side to win the one-off Test against New Zealand after a second innings batting collapse left them at 88 for five and trailing by 316 runs at stumps on day four. With just three recognised batsmen in Mushfiqur Rahim, captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah left the odds are stacked against the visitors getting even close to the target of 404 set after New Zealand declared their second innings on 258 for five shortly after tea. Mushfiqur ended the day at Seddon Park in Hamilton unbeaten on 10 with his captain yet to score. "There are three guys absolutely capable of making a hundred on that wicket out there," said the Australian. "But it will take something special. It's not all lost and that's what we've just talked about. We've got three guys, three chances. We need to make at least two centuries to put some respectability back into the game." Siddons blamed the collapse on poor decision-making by his batsmen.

Opener Tamim Iqbal played a typically aggressive innings before a reckless shot saw him caught by Daryl Tuffey. Junaid Siddique's dismissal for eight was a bizarre one as Chris Martin's delivery flew up in the air off the batsman's gloves and landed on top of the stumps dislodging the bails, while Aftab Ahmed (eight) went for a single that was never on and was out to a direct Jeetan Patel hit. Mohammad Ashraful was trapped leg before wicket by Daniel Vettori for two and then Imrul Kayes inexplicably offered no shot and was bowled by Patel for 29. "I don't think the bowling was fantastic. I think they put pressure on and our boys collapsed. They bowled good areas but the wicket is pretty placid," the coach said. * PA Sport