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It was a familiar sight - Bangladesh batsmen being softened by Neil Wagner's short-pitched bowling, and edging deliveries behind.

It was a familiar sight: Bangladesh batsmen being softened by Neil Wagner's short-pitched bowling, and edging deliveries behind. This time, it arrived on a pitch that was deceptively green, and Wagner had no better option than to bowl short after Bangladesh were off to a good start. He ended up with figures of 4 for 28, after being the fifth bowler into the attack.

''We know that the short ball will be here, and actually, there is nothing we can do about it,'' wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das said after the third day's play. "The only thing that can be done is to play him with all our attention, with all our emphasis being on leaving out his deliveries [rather than trying to work it]. We are then probably likely to succeed against him."

Liton also said that the Bangladesh bowlers need to restrict New Zealand from scoring freely on the fourth day, something that they haven't done in the series.

''Tomorrow's first hour will be very important because we are still in a good position and if we pick one or two wickets before the end of the first session, it will be good for us,'' Liton said. ''But we must make sure that they cannot score freely because that will determine the outcome of the game. We have to concentrate on 'keeping them at low-score' and if we manage to do that only then we may get success."

At stumps, New Zealand were 38-2, trailing by 173 runs, after dismissing Bangladesh for 211 before rain cut the day short. Rain had already washed out the first two days' play but with the amount of batting depth that New Zealand possess, they can still make a game out of it at the Basin Reserve.

The form of Kane Williamson, who already scored an unbeaten double century in the opening Test, and the likes of Ross Taylor and others surely do possess a threat for the visitors, who in turn were gunned down by short-pitched bowling once again. Should Bangladesh resort to short bowling too? Liton disagrees.

''Both Rahi and Ebadat were bowling well. They will be successful if they bowl into the right place in these wickets. Everyone knows that if the conditions and wickets are green, then the bowlers always feel encouraged and it seems this wicket will stay the same in the next two days,'' he added.

Liton, who made 33 runs, said that their batsmen need to concentrate more if they want to be successful like Tamim Iqbal. While others are yet to show any consistency, Tamim managed to score his third successive half-century in the Test series so far.

"Look, I am playing a new role now,'' said Liton trying analyzing his Test performance. ''I have opened during the previous ODIs and now I am playing in the Tests as a keeper batting lower down the order. 'I just need to do batting emphasizing on its technicality.

''We had never played in such types of whether. It was difficult for me... actually not only for me, we all had the same trouble,'' he said. ''Bowlers are getting help from the wicket so the batsmen need to bat more carefully because only then they are likely to be successful. The conditions are favorable for the pace bowlers, as they obviously get a little help from such type of green wickets, but still a batsman can earn success by concentrating deeply.

''At least Tamim Bhai's batting proves that,'' he added.

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