As the rain swept in and the light dimmed, Bangladesh earned parity with New Zealand on the second day of the second test in Christchurch.

The Black Caps slumped from 252 for four to 256 for seven in the space of 15 balls as spinner Shakib Al Hasan collected three wickets with his left-arm orthodox guile.

The players left the field two overs later with Henry Nicholls unbeaten on 56 and Tim Southee not out four.

The hosts are 260 for seven in reply to the visitors' 289.

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