Chittagong - Bangladesh's lower-order batsman Sohag Gazi has hit a maiden Test century
on Saturday 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
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
Peter Fulton was unbeaten on 44 and Kane Williamson was
on 28 with the Black Caps going into the final day's play on Sunday 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 number eight. He hit 10 boundaries and three
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
Frontline spinners Bruce Martin and Ish Sodhi both
conceded over 100 runs, while part-timer Williamson went for 1-83 in 27
Bangladesh added seven runs to their overnight score of
380-7 when they lost Abdur Razzak for seven, leg-before to seamer Trent
Bangladesh are looking for their first Test win against New
Zealand, having lost eight and drawn one of their nine matches against
the Black Caps.
The second Test will be played in Dhaka from October 21 to 25, followed by three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 match.