NEW Zealand stuttered to 9-378 at lunch on the second day of the first cricket Test against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
After losing three wickets in the last hour on day one, the Black Caps resumed on 5-280 and were under immediate pressure after losing Bruce Martin and Test rookie Corey Anderson for the addition of just two runs.
Nightwatchman Martin was first to go, caught behind for one after gloving a short ball from Rubel Hossain to keeper Mushfiqur Rahim.
Anderson followed three balls later for the same score, flicking an outside edge from left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak to Nasir Hossain at first slip.
Rubel Hossain looked to have removed BJ Watling three overs later, but the keeper was given a no-ball reprieve and was unbeaten at lunch with an invaluable 58 not out.
Watling put on 57 runs for the eighth wicket with Doug Bracewell, who was bowled by Sohag Gazi for 29. He then combined with a stubborn Trent Boult in an unbeaten last-ditch 30-run stand to take the Kiwis to lunch.
Kane Williamson hit 114 for his fourth Test century on the opening day of the first of two Tests between No.8-ranked New Zealand and No.10-ranked Bangladesh.
Peter Fulton, with a patient 73, and Watling provided the only other innings of note as Hamish Rutherford (34), Ross Taylor (28) and captain Brendon McCullum (21) all made solid starts but failed to progress.
Razzak, recalled to the Test side after two years, has 3-123 while fellow spinners Sohag Gazi and Shakib Al Hasan snared a brace apiece.