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Vettori spins Kiwis to innings victory

DHAKA, OCT. 23. Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori claimed six wickets to demolish the Bangladesh second innings and help New Zealand claim the first Test on Friday by an innings and 99 runs.

New Zealand dismissed the host for 126 just after lunch on the fourth day to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

New Zealand completed a first innings total of 402 on Thursday in reply to Bangladesh's 177.

The host resumed on Friday on an overnight score of 41 for two, but was outclassed in the first session to sit at 122 for nine at lunch.

``It's always good to win on a sub-continental pitch,'' New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said after the match.

``We hope to complete the series win, but will have to work in some areas for further improvement.'' The second and final Test starts on Oct. 26 in southeastern Chittagong city.

``It was a good pitch for the spinners, but not the best,'' said Vettori, who also branded the Bangladeshi batsmen as ``impatient.''

Bangladesh stand-in captain Khaled Mashud said the pitch was slow and turning and ``it was difficult to survive on the fourth day.''

However, Mashud said his team lost the match in the first innings. ``We needed to score at least 300 runs in the first innings to make it competitive,'' he said.

This loss was Bangladesh 28th in the 31 Test matches it has played since test inauguration in 2000. It drew three other matches. — AP

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