Taylor: Momentum was with us

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Batsman Ross Taylor is looking forward to quick, key breakthroughs on day two of New Zealand's second and final Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Batsman Ross Taylor is looking forward to quick, key breakthroughs on day two of New Zealand's second and final Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday.

Monday saw the hosts climb to 228 for five on the back of a near century from opener Tamim Iqbal and complementary cameos from middle-order pair Marshall Ayub and Mominul Haque.

The Tigers, who won the toss and opted to bat first, would have had the opportunity to grow the tally – had inclement weather not forced a premature close after a mere 54.4 overs.

"The momentum was with us, but we can't control the weather," said Taylor, who is playing his 50th Test match.

"The game is probably still pretty evenly poised and the rain has given our fast bowlers an extra break. When we do come out again, hopefully, weather permitting, we can strike early and get them seven, if not eight, down before the second new ball."

Ayub, meanwhile, regretted not converting a promising 41 into an innings of greater value. The talented right-hander's vigil featured six boundaries before seamer Neil Wagner bowled him with a straight delivery.

"It would have been better if I was still at the crease. Runs were there for the taking. We were scoring freely. They were attacking us with deliveries bowled in the trajectory of the off-stump," added Ayub.

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