1st Test heading towards a draw – Bangladesh vs. New Zealand

New Zealand 469 and 1-117 (Peter Fulton 44*, Hamish Rutherford 32, Nasir Hossain 1-20) leads Bangladseh 501 (Mominul Haque 181, Sohag Gazi 101*, Doug Bracewell 3-96, Corey Anderson 2-34) by 85 runs

Sohag Gazi tasted his first Test hundred which was the 4th in the match from the batsmen of either sides in two innings as the game was approaching for a draw.

The Kiwis scored 469 runs in their first innings followed by 117 for the loss of one wicket in the second and the Bengal Tigers powered 501 in the first one.

The fourth day of the first Test finished on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong.

Earlier, the home side started their uncompleted first innings at 7-380 in 116 overs whereas Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak were unbeaten at 28 and 1 runs respectively. The latter did not stay longer and was declared leg before wicket off Trent Boult for seven. He was replaced by Robiul Islam as Sohag Gazi hit two consecutive fours in the 122nd over followed by one six, four overs later and completed his fifty with another boundary. The duo was scoring runs at a reasonable pace while Robiul Islam got his third four in the 128th one.

Sohag Gazi - Maiden Test century
Sohag Gazi – Maiden Test century

Sohag Gazi was playing his shots at will and his willow kept on showering boundaries at will. He dispatched his third six in the 140th over as his partner kept on consolidating at the other end. The 9th wicket partnership associated for 105 runs and Robiul Islam was caught by Ross Taylor at first slip off Bracewell for 33 off 75 balls with 5 fours. Sohag Gazi smashed his first Test ton with a four in the 148th over and secured his end for 101 from 161 deliveries with 3 high sixes and 10 fours as Bangladesh piled up 501 runs in 148.5 overs.

Doug Bracewell was the most successful bowler with three wickets, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson shared two each whereas Kane Williamson held one wicket.

The Black Caps went into their second innings with a deficit of 32 runs and Peter Fulton along with Hamish Rutherford gathered 22 runs in seven overs. The latter was the most aggressive of the two and hit three fours until then and hit one six in the next over. Fulton got his first boundary as a six in the 13th over and Rutherford was dropped at 31 by the Bengal Tigers captain, Mushfiqur Rahim behind the wickets off Shakib Al Hasan. The batsman was unable to utilize the chance and was held lbw off Nasir Hossain for 32 off 45 with 1 six and 3 fours as the score touched 48 in 15.5 overs.

The centurion of the first innings, Kane Williamson, got together with Fulton and the run rate was dropped instantly. They were unable to register even a single boundary in the coming 13 overs as Williamson hit one four in the 30th over. Peter Fulton added 2 sixes and even fours until the last ball of the 40th over was bowled and the stumps were drawn after that. He was batting at 44 accompanied by Kane Williamson who was doing well at 28 as the tourists reached 1-117.

New Zealand has gained an overall lead of 85 runs with nine wickets still in hand.  The game will most probably end up in a draw with just one day remaining in the encounter.


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