Bangladesh’s lower-order batsman Sohag Gazi hit a maiden Test century yesterday as the first Test against New Zealand in Chittagong headed for a high-scoring draw.
The hosts, lying at the bottom of the Test table in 10th place, piled up 501 in reply to New Zealand’s 469 before being all out soon after lunch on the fourth day with a lead of 32 runs.
The Black Caps, ranked eighth above only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, helped themselves to 117-1 in their second innings before heavy rain forced play to be called off at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Peter Fulton was unbeaten on 44 and Kane Williamson was on 28, with the Black Caps going into the final day’s play today with a lead of 85 runs and nine wickets in hand.
Hamish Rutherford was dismissed for 32, but both sides face a tough task to force a result on the slow, newly laid pitch that has offered no assistance to either seam or spin bowlers.
Gazi, a 22-year-old off-spinner whose highest score in six previous Tests was 32, remained unbeaten on 101 after coming in to bat at No. 8. He hit 10 boundaries and three sixes.
Gazi and Robiul Islam exposed the limitations of the Black Caps’ attack by adding 105 runs for the ninth wicket to help Bangladesh grab the first-innings lead.
Robiul hit a career-best 33 before he was dismissed soon after lunch, caught off seamer Doug Bracewell, who returned as New Zealand’s most successful bowler with three wickets for 96 runs.
Frontline spinners Bruce Martin and Ish Sodhi both conceded more than 100 runs, while part-timer Williamson went for 1-83 in 27 overs.
Bangladesh added seven runs to their overnight score of 380-7 when they lost Abdur Razzak for seven, LBW to seamer Trent Boult.
Bangladesh are looking for their first Test win against New Zealand.