Bangladesh v NZ, 1st Test, Chittagong, 4th day October 12, 2013

Rain stops play with New Zealand ahead

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New Zealand 469 and 117 for 1 lead Bangladesh 501 (Mominul 181, Gazi 101*) by 85 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sohag Gazi's maiden century had left the first Test in Chittagong nicely poised, but a passing shower drastically diminished chances of a result and New Zealand's caution in their second innings, on a pitch that hardly turned, increased that probability.

Chittagong is within 600 km of the predicted path of Cyclone Phailin, which is expected to make landfall on the east coast of India on Saturday evening, and the 20-minute shower in the third session forced an early halt to play. There was more rain forecast in Chittagong on Sunday.

Before the weather took a turn for the worse, however, it was Bangladesh's No. 8 Sohag Gazi who had the most impact on the play. Resuming on 28, Gazi brought out his favourite shots. The hard-hit cover drive, the upper cut and the late cut were eye catching but the slogs through midwicket and bludgeons down the ground were what demoralized the New Zealand attack.

Doug Bracewell was cut over the wicketkeeper's head and then slammed over midwicket for Gazi's first six, as he reached his fifty off 94 balls. Gazi was also severe on the spinners, he charged slow left-armer Bruce Martin and hit him over his head for his second six. The third came off part-time offspinner Kane Williamson and gave Bangladesh's lead in the 140th over. Bangladesh went to lunch on 491 for 8, having scored 111 runs in the session, for the loss of only Abdur Razzak.

Robiul Islam fell in the first over after the interval, leaving Gazi on 98 with only No. 11 Rubel Hossain for company. There was no need for nerves though as Gazi cut a short ball over gully to record his maiden Test century. He celebrated gleefully by pumping his fists, as the home side continued to dominate in the early part of the second session.

Bangladesh were eventually bowled out for 501 in the 149th over with a 32-run lead - the first time in five attempts that Bangladesh have overtaken New Zealand after batting second.

Gazi's innings wasn't shot-a-minute as one might expect from a batsman who has the country's fastest first-class hundred. He left many balls outside off stump, though he had two reprieves - both caught-and-bowled chances of varying difficulty. Martin spilled a sitter, but Trent Boult's one-handed attempt was harder.

Gazi finished with ten fours and three sixes, adding 105 runs with No. 10 Robiul, who also made his highest score of 33. Bracewell took three wickets while Boult, Corey Anderson and Ish Sodhi took two each.

New Zealand's reply wasn't too cautious to begin with, as Hamish Rutherford made a rapid 32 off 45 balls. But when he fell lbw to Nasir Hossain in the 16th over, Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson became more circumspect, as they slowly added 69 in an unbroken second-wicket stand. The visitors led by 85 runs, but they have to take a more positive approach for a result, weather permitting.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | October 13, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Bangladesh have improved alot, some of their young batters look good, their spinners are good without being great, nothing like an ajmal or warne or murilitharan to get excited about but they will always be playing for draws if they don't get some decent seam bowlers and stop producing wickets like this, it will only flatter their averages but will never get a result, lets face it it would of been hard work to dismiss a school first xi on that wicket, there was just nothing in it for the bowlers, on wickets like that your whole team could average over 40 and yet you'd never win a game, pitch curators need to change this approach, stop trying to protect batters and start producing more rounded ones because you have enough talented cricketers to win games not just draw them.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Bangladesh is doing much better in test cricket than last year. Let us play more test games in every year.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | October 13, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @rocketman (and other Bangladesh fans) I am surprised how could you even compare Zimbabwe with Bangladesh. Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan in a Test match recently whereas by making flat tracks, Bangladesh are giving the indication that they play tests for draws.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    if BD plays well, then let's blame the curator,pitch and home advantage...if they don't play well, let's slate their test status....when other nations go to India, they get the same kind of barren pitch where it's all about batsmen,but nobody says a thing...double standard of so called cricket specialist

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Fact is this young inexperienced Bangladesh side has produced three 500+ scores within a space of 12 months something Bangladesh have not even managed to do once in all the years before. New Zealand like any other major team have underestimated Bangladesh yet again and as a result it has cost them. They know they are in for a massive challenge from these talented Bangladeshi youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    ZCF: Teams like Pakistan and Bangladesh hardly get to play on grassier bouncier wickets. But if given the right preparation i.e. practice games before hand, something Zimbabwe deliberately refused to do for them then we know who would've won. Zimbabwe away record has been pathetic. Your 2 recent tours to West Indies and New Zealand have resulted in thrashings whereas Bangladesh 2 recent tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe were competitive. Apart from beating Bangladesh in series, have Zimbabwe even won any series in the last 4 years against a top 8? Bangladesh beat both New Zealand and West Indies in a 5 match ODI series in that time and beaten Sri Lanka, England and India. Even your youth system is kind of flawed as it doesn't at all support the fact that Zimbabwe are producing any quality cricketers which is why your team got thrashed in the recent quad series. Our pace attack may be weak but that's about to change with the emergence of Al-Amin and Taskin Ahmed in future.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    l don't understand why some people here are comparing BD team with Zim cricket here. Both nations are still on the improvement stage and have very few test match experiences. Zimbabwean fans forgetting that their cricket team can't even stand against BD team in BD ground. Despite not getting enough practice matches in the last tour to Zim (which is strictly prohibited according to ICC's regulation), Bangladesh fought hard and lost close matches. This BD team is the youngest cricket team and what's going to make difference between Zim and BD cricket team in future? "The gallery"~ The amount of people ever came to see a cricket match in Zimbabwe's whole cricket history in their home-ground won't even equal to a single ODI's audience amount in Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    @R0ketman: I totally agree with you. Its becoming clear that the critics cannot swallow the competitiveness of Bangladesh Cricket and clearly are worried what the team may become. But the important thing is that our new youngsters like Nasir, Gazi, Mominul etc are making a massive impact for the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    no point of giving importance to those people (haters) who always want to see us down... ignore them... i m satisfied we r satisfied that's it ... Thanks to our cricket team... what ever the situation will come we will support u always..

  • POSTED BY MarkRoy on | October 12, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    The Bangalese rickshapullers have pulled a massive score going past 500 runs and taking a lead is fantastic thing, weldone. Mark Roy

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | October 13, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Bangladesh have improved alot, some of their young batters look good, their spinners are good without being great, nothing like an ajmal or warne or murilitharan to get excited about but they will always be playing for draws if they don't get some decent seam bowlers and stop producing wickets like this, it will only flatter their averages but will never get a result, lets face it it would of been hard work to dismiss a school first xi on that wicket, there was just nothing in it for the bowlers, on wickets like that your whole team could average over 40 and yet you'd never win a game, pitch curators need to change this approach, stop trying to protect batters and start producing more rounded ones because you have enough talented cricketers to win games not just draw them.

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2013, 4:54 GMT

    Bangladesh is doing much better in test cricket than last year. Let us play more test games in every year.

  • POSTED BY calcu on | October 13, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @rocketman (and other Bangladesh fans) I am surprised how could you even compare Zimbabwe with Bangladesh. Zimbabwe defeated Pakistan in a Test match recently whereas by making flat tracks, Bangladesh are giving the indication that they play tests for draws.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    if BD plays well, then let's blame the curator,pitch and home advantage...if they don't play well, let's slate their test status....when other nations go to India, they get the same kind of barren pitch where it's all about batsmen,but nobody says a thing...double standard of so called cricket specialist

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 22:11 GMT

    Fact is this young inexperienced Bangladesh side has produced three 500+ scores within a space of 12 months something Bangladesh have not even managed to do once in all the years before. New Zealand like any other major team have underestimated Bangladesh yet again and as a result it has cost them. They know they are in for a massive challenge from these talented Bangladeshi youngsters.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    ZCF: Teams like Pakistan and Bangladesh hardly get to play on grassier bouncier wickets. But if given the right preparation i.e. practice games before hand, something Zimbabwe deliberately refused to do for them then we know who would've won. Zimbabwe away record has been pathetic. Your 2 recent tours to West Indies and New Zealand have resulted in thrashings whereas Bangladesh 2 recent tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe were competitive. Apart from beating Bangladesh in series, have Zimbabwe even won any series in the last 4 years against a top 8? Bangladesh beat both New Zealand and West Indies in a 5 match ODI series in that time and beaten Sri Lanka, England and India. Even your youth system is kind of flawed as it doesn't at all support the fact that Zimbabwe are producing any quality cricketers which is why your team got thrashed in the recent quad series. Our pace attack may be weak but that's about to change with the emergence of Al-Amin and Taskin Ahmed in future.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    l don't understand why some people here are comparing BD team with Zim cricket here. Both nations are still on the improvement stage and have very few test match experiences. Zimbabwean fans forgetting that their cricket team can't even stand against BD team in BD ground. Despite not getting enough practice matches in the last tour to Zim (which is strictly prohibited according to ICC's regulation), Bangladesh fought hard and lost close matches. This BD team is the youngest cricket team and what's going to make difference between Zim and BD cricket team in future? "The gallery"~ The amount of people ever came to see a cricket match in Zimbabwe's whole cricket history in their home-ground won't even equal to a single ODI's audience amount in Bangladesh!

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    @R0ketman: I totally agree with you. Its becoming clear that the critics cannot swallow the competitiveness of Bangladesh Cricket and clearly are worried what the team may become. But the important thing is that our new youngsters like Nasir, Gazi, Mominul etc are making a massive impact for the team.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    no point of giving importance to those people (haters) who always want to see us down... ignore them... i m satisfied we r satisfied that's it ... Thanks to our cricket team... what ever the situation will come we will support u always..

  • POSTED BY MarkRoy on | October 12, 2013, 21:31 GMT

    The Bangalese rickshapullers have pulled a massive score going past 500 runs and taking a lead is fantastic thing, weldone. Mark Roy

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | October 12, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    "The only reason Robiul did so well is that no other BD bowler was good enough to take wickets." - Can anyone explain what this statement even means? Robiul is apparantly not good enough to be a top 10 seamer in Zim club level, yet he tore through Zim line up with 15 wickets in 2 tests, 5 more than Zim seamers (who should be 10 times better if Robiul can't make the top 10 in Zim). So Robiul succeeded in getting more wickets by bowling fast medium pace against a team that is more accustomed to playing seam than spin bowling, because BD spinners are not good enough! - How is that making any sense to anybody? Can anyone eloaborate on this statement?

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | October 12, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    @ZCFOutkast: BCB will have nothing to do with the number of tests. BD does not play mind games like Zim did. No tour matches, no proper access to training facilities. Zim was scared that if BD got acclimatized, Zim would lose badly. Which became true, the second test Zim was manhandled by BD. So I dont think it's BD not wanting to play more than 2, it is the other way around!;-)

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    I simply can't understand what the critics want us to do. When NZ batsmen batted well in the 1st day, they praised them in heap and said we are not up to the test standard. Then when we were 8/2, the reiterated the same tone, we are not fit for tests and our batsmen are technically poor. Then young Mominul and co. batted brilliantly and dominantly and they started saying this is a flat pitch and NZ attack is weak. So, all the people criticizing us, please spare some of your precious moments to tell us what you think we should do.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    I am a die hard BD fan but these comments are so funny that I love reading them over and over again. I think BD has improved signficantly in the batting department in home conditions. One of the comment was the gap in terms of rankings has decreased thus showing BD has improved; the comment was technically correct but funny.The ICC ranking suggests that BD ranking remained steady for almost a decade, but NZ dropeed to 8. So technically the gap has decreased between the two teams but its not a good measure to judge the team's performance.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | October 12, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    Bangladesh are producing good young talent now. They will win this whole series 1-0, 3-0 and 1-0 as I have predicted and officially make a statement to the Cricketing World. We're not saying Bangladesh are a top team or something of course not but becoming a competitive. Now BCB elections have been done, its time to take this team to all sorts of new levels. Bangladesh in the last year have beaten India, Sri Lanka and West Indies several times in ODIs and only lost to Pakistan by 21 and 2 runs and in tests, haven't lost any by an innings since and this year won 1, drawn 1 and looks like another draw. Its good to see the team playing some good consistent Cricket. Good news is that Bangladesh for once has lots of Cricket coming in the next 3 years and they will win many more games by then. The team is also the youngest of all test playing nations. Future is clear!!

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | October 12, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Some IN haters of BD are having a difficult time accepting the improvement in BD cricket. Since their board roars like a lion when it comes to greed but moves around like a coward when it comes to playing cricket in SA, they have to lash out at someone. I liken them to barking dogs in the street. My fellow BD supporters, no need to respond to these barks. If you ignore them, they will get tired and go to sleep. This was a good performance by BD as a team. Several batsmen performed well at the same time. That is good and hopefully it will continue. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY Lermy on | October 12, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Well done to Bangladesh on showing they are more than a match for NZ at home on a dead wicket. However they will need 8 days to get a result on a pitch like this. What is truly bizarre is that NZ will of course produce the same type of benign pitch when Bangladesh tours NZ. One reason why NZ cricket gets very few results these days is because they have completely nullified their own home advantage, while every other nation in the world continues to shamelessly produce doctored pitches to suit their own players. NZ's glory days occurred when a bowler like Ewen Chatfield could completely destroy the West Indies twice in 1980, and that was just in a tour match for Wellington!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    having fun reading all the technical criticism about BD cricket :) look... what I said... technical criticism..!! :) now they are bound to make it technical... why?? :) what else I need to tell to figure out that BD CRICKET HAS IMPROVED... those criticizers are just noisy neighbors..!! ;) @imsrk, @Mervo, @ZCFoutkast tell us more dude... its a good fun :)

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    What the point in producing these belters easy runs and five days of boredom

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | October 12, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    Bd fans , no need to pay attention to those neighbor people who say Bd is the same old team and never made any improvement yet. We know the truth Bd has improved and is improving . But much work needs to be done in pace balling depertment. Robiul is okay, not bad, but Rubel hossain is no good and he aint promising at all. Even the newcomer Ziaur Rahman looked farmore promising in pace balling than Rubel . I think if Bd can fix their pace balling , it would be a decent team.

  • POSTED BY zinuk222 on | October 12, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    I think this match going to be draw only because NZ applied very negative strategy. They batted very slowly both first innings and 2nd innings. They are top team so they should be more aggressive and positive to produce a result whatever the pitch condition is doesn't matter. Look at peter fulton he playing to save his place in the team.When all other team scored more then run rate 3.50 but Nz scored below 3.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 15:31 GMT

    Robiul has a test century not a highest run of 33 -_-

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Sohag Gazi is the HERO of day 4

  • POSTED BY Roleplay on | October 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    If bd are talking about the performance in sri lanka then there is a point to be made that Sri lanka has degraded to really low level as it was seen during sri lanka and bd series preparing as always flattest of roads which were rock hard even on 5th day .may be they were scared coz it was sangakkara who came to rescue them twice but bd have to remember that the nz did won one test match and drew the series there which was setup by their fast bowlers.Nz is really missing tim southee badly here.He is the only bowler for me who has taken wickets in subcontinent with some damage to the opposition.I hope the next test match will be competitive if some respect is shown to the bowlers atleast to spinners so that there is some interesting contest. bd should remember that is the only way they can win a test match and that would surely enhance their reputation atleast at home.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | October 12, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    What's with the haters from IN and ZM. Not all but a few. ZM has made good progress ov the last couple of years and so has BD. We can support each other to improve our game. IN fans need to focus on their cowardly board instead of hating BD cricket. Despite of lack of support from IN, BD is making progress. It may be slower than what everybody wants but definitely moving in the right direction. We are thankful NZ team is visiting us. We should be competitive but not disrespectful. Even though NZ is higher in ranking than BD, the gap has narrowed consderably. BD will be competitive with all teams in the next five years. Future is bright with the emergence of young talents. This has been a good test match so far. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY tauhid_aks on | October 12, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    I know flat pitches in domestic games would not help us, but in test matches, flat pitches at home would help us draw more games. Our batting has improved a lot in last couple of years, and it is bowling where we lack the penetrative ability. Even though our spinners can trouble the batsmen and keep runs in check, they often fail to bowl wicket-taking deliveries. As a result, we can't hope to win Test matches at home unless our bowling improves. Though flat tracks are boring, other subcontinental teams have used it before helping them draw more. One thing is for sure, teams cannot beat us easily on flat pitches now, and hopefully we have finally mastered how to draw test matches. However, if Zimbabwe tours Bangladesh, I would hope they prepare turning pitches.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Don't forget this Bangladesh team is extremely young. Average age is only 24 and the most cap test player is Rahim with only 35 matches. Whereas in contrast to New Zealand, they have 4 players over the age of 30 hence more experience and the highest cap player has almost 80 caps. Everyone knows Bangladesh gave them a solid fight. Proud of my minnows. Hopefully the second test will be a rank turner as Bangladesh are clearly going to lose the toss and take this 1-0 then the whitewash will happen in the limited overs again :)

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    New Zealand were batting defensively in their second innings suggesting to me that they were giving up on the win and wanting to play for a draw which is great to see since what a 'minnow' can now do to such teams. I thought minnows are unthreatening? because usually from the "top 8" if they ever were in such position they would quickly attack and set a score and that's what I would like to see from them tomorrow. Post a final score of no more than 200 runs and give Bangladesh 40 overs to chase that so that both teams have a chance to win rather than a draw. It would be best for the good of the game anyway. Clearly were taking Bangladesh lightly and Bangladesh showed you which is great to see. Good luck in 4-0 revenge on this whole tour.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | October 12, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Admittedly, Zim were ineffective against spin in the WI, but were it not for Cremer's expensive bowling, we would have kept WI to decent totals which wouldn't have made our losses so bad. There's no shame in succumbing to Shillingford, just as Aus did, while Samuels' rockets were always going to challenge our batsmen who were already in disarray before they left.

    Habibul was leading men in comparison to Zim's teenagers when we lost the Test series. Once again our clueless legspinner Cremer was our downfall. True more recently even in ODIs we've come short but packing your side full of spinners is cowardly and anticricket. Unlike BD, we saw reason in improving from that.

    The only reason Robiul did so well is that no other BD bowler was good enough to take wickets. He is not good enough to make Zim's top ten list of seamers. Letting our batsmen get experience through BPL&DPL will work against you. Zim to tie/win Test,ODI&T20 series against BD. It wiill be hard-fought but they'lll win.

  • POSTED BY CricketingStargazer on | October 12, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Bangladesh are beginning to wise-up. They have played this match the way that they need to approach Test cricket in general: bat and bat and make sure that they are safe against defeat, then see if they can make something happen from a position of security. Make yourself hard to beat - as New Zealand themselves learnt to do after the war - and you will start to win a few.

    For Bangladesh, a draw against one of the big eight is a rarity, when it should be the first aim. Get that draw percentage against top eight teams above 50% and they will start to earn respect quickly and wins will come sooner or later. All too often though they compete for 3 days and then throw it away with an awful session, or an awful day. Test cricket is about playing 5 solid days; finally there are signs that Bangladesh are learning that.

  • POSTED BY tatactg on | October 12, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @ZCFOutcast You will be crushed when you visit BD next time(which is/was the case for the last decade).When BD tour Zim ZC does all sorts of dirty tricks like Not giving any practice game , not allow BD team to practice in the morning session (for the first 15 days of the tour BD had to practice in the evening - completely against the tour regulation , BCB had to write to ZC to change that), placing the BD team in dirt cheap motels with no running water & the the less we say about their patriotic local umpires the better will it be for our sanity. You forgot Robiul out-bowled all the Zim pacers in that series and if you think Utseya can make Zim competitive in BD then you are seriously deluded. BD competed and won matches in all 3 formats in the last tour - don't think Zim will win any matches in BD & the matches won't be competitive.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | October 12, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam: Those critics praise the other team when they are scoring runs and claims that we dont know how to bowl but when our batsmen scores runs its all because the pitch is flat haha

  • POSTED BY zinuk222 on | October 12, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    I don't understand, why everybody is blaming the pitch. BD always prepared this type of pitch but they didn't able to produce a draw/win, If NZ scored 500+ and then Bangladesh score 200 and 225 then Nobody asks any question about pitch. Only they question about BD test status. But Only when Bangladesh batted well then everyone said it is not a sporting wicket. It is the sign of Bd cricket is developing. I think BD should prepare more batting friendly pitch, then they able to draw thw match after couple of draw they gain the confidant and only then they can think to prepare sporting wicket.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | October 12, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    @ZCFOutkast...True 3 tests against the top 8 but Zimbabwe I don't think so. Don't forget the recent test series was 1-1 in the Sub-Saharan and a third test match could've gone either way to be fair. If Zimbabwe were to tour Bangladesh for matches, they will clearly lose 90% of the time.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | October 12, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Now critics are making excuses a flat pitch. Same critics that before 2012 everytime say Bangladesh can't even bat properly on flat pitches. Doesn't matter whether pitch was flat, grass etc they all count. Wickets in subcontinent are generally flat, slow and low. Its unfair right now to say whether the pitch was made deliberate until the second test but the the pitch at Chittagong has undergone a renovation.Yes Bangladesh are still the worst test team but the important thing is they are making positive strides now and that's what matters. In limited overs though, Bangladesh are clearly going to be beast at home to all oppositions.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Bangladesh have to be careful in the 2nd inning.Cricket is a game of unfortunate events ! :~}

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | October 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Well Played Gazi. Top order batsmen like Tamim, Anamul should learn from u how to bat. As for the result of this test I think it is too early too say that it is going to be a draw. Knowing Bangladesh team there is a good chance that they'll go out and give their wicket away. If NZ can score 200 run quickly and have around 50-60 over to get Bangladesh all out than most probably they'll win this test. Wickets of Tamim, Shakib can be taken easily. All they've to do is give them some width they will play lose shot and give it away and later they'll say "it was the right thing to do. Thats how we play" etc. So tomorrow gonna be an interesting day.

  • POSTED BY dulabari on | October 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Mervo ..."Bangladesh should obtain some outside expertise on pitch development These kinds of things are boring and destroy Test cricket." As if BD is the first and only one who made a flat pitch. SL, Pak, India are making flat pitches for years (remember SL scoring 900 against India). Flat, turning, bouncy wickets are part of Test cricket and these variations add beauty to the cricket. Now Chittagong pitch was flat for both NZ and BD. The fact is BD scored more than NZ using less number of overs. Even on this pitch, BD bowlers took 10 NZ wickets. BD has certainly made progress.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | October 12, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    @Outcast: Remember what West Indies did to Zimbabwe earlier in the year? their spinner who is just average on a turning wicket ripped through your batting line-up. You played Bangladesh and Pakistan on wickets that didn't even turn so I don't understand how your batsman are good players of spin. No offence but Zimbabwe have lack of young talent. Even your under-19 team supports that.

  • POSTED BY The-love on | October 12, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    I am impressed with the Ban batsmen....They have decent spin attack too.Only thing,missing is one decent medium-fast bowler,if not fast bowler.Best wishes for next test....from India....

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | October 12, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Bangladesh should obtain some outside expertise on pitch development These kinds of things are boring and destroy Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | October 12, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    People that are saying Bangladesh spinners are nowhere near worldclass need to realise that any of the spinners would get into a non-subcontinental side (all 3 formats) . Can anyone tell me which team has a worldclass spin attack except Pakistan, I am saying more than 1 spinner? Anyway great century by Gazi to ensure a draw and people complaining it's flat, weren't NZ at 280-7 in first innings? Bangladesh are probably the most ridiculed team and until people stop this mindset, cricket will only be a sport played by a few countries.

  • POSTED BY nzforever on | October 12, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Chopman....NZ weakness against spin, your so called world class??? spinners allowed NZ to score 469 and who are now cruising along at 117 for 1. Like your spinners your argument is weak I'm afraid.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | October 12, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    Mahmudullah should now focus on ODIs since his record is pretty decent. Sohag Gazi can take on his test role and be that number 8 batsman. Our top order needs to perform. Tamim should really be dropped since his test record in last 3 years has been poor. Even Gazi batted better than him but he himself knows it won't happen since we don't have any other good opener. Its all about occupying the crease if Bangladesh want draws/win in tests.

  • POSTED BY ExtremeSpeed on | October 12, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    In the next test match drop Rubel Hossain and give the youngster Al-Amin a chance to show. Rubel Hossain test bowling record is simply poor probably the worst of all test playing nations averaging over 75 with the ball with a strike rate of over 115. Anyway, looks like Bangladesh won't lose this test which is great but I bet these critics will use 'rain' as an excuse :D yes its tough to swallow for you guys about the truth of Bangladesh Cricket.

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | October 12, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    @CricketSkills, I doubt BD would increase it to 3. Draws yes, but it's very hard for BD to beat decent sides at home due to their pitch strategies&weak new ball attack. 3+ Tests gives the opposition a chance to acclimatise&win.

    The way I tend to look at it is, if Zim apply themselves at home they can almost always whitewash BD & beat some sides, but on the other hand, no matter how much BD apply themselves I don't see them as favourites against anyone in their backyard.

    A lot depends on their spin attack - which right now Zim are used to, & it poses little threat to the top 8 as well. EH Jnr is wasting his talent&Sunny I doubt. Razzak is entering his prime while Gazi is young so time will tell, but BD seriously need to unearth a top spinner to tip the scales in their favour. They should employ Saqlain fulltime. The only way these guys can rise off the foot of the table without Ire&Afg promoted, is if they've got a combo of Ajmal-Rehman or Ashwin-Ohja/Mishra quality, besides SAH.

  • POSTED BY AzAb12754 on | October 12, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    These same people the critics always use to say I remember Bangladesh cannot even bat on flat wickets. What's next? :) Bangladesh have posted three 500+ scores within a space 1 year in the small amount of tests they have played. This shows that batsman are batting properly for once in tests. Don't forget this is a complete newly relaid pitch and hosting its first test match in 2 years.

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | October 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Likely result looks like a draw but its good for us anyway and bad for New Zealand since they are this "top 8" team. But Bangladesh in second test need to produce a more sporting of a wicket because bowlers from both sides are working their socks off and that's not fair...@ZCF...Zimbabwe will be touring Bangladesh next year for strangely 2 tests. I think it would be wise if BCB could increase it to 3 since both teams need as much Test Cricket as possible and gain the experience.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Right Mr.manjur..I think so..just india should see last few bangladesh test result and then thinking only for cricket at least india can invite bangladesh to play in india ...

  • POSTED BY Chopman on | October 12, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Congratulations to Bangladesh for a sterling batting performance. I believe they could well go on to secure a thrilling victory given the weakness of NZ batting against spin.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Have to careful in the 2d inings.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    what's the big deal about 'flat wicket'. just to cover up the weaknesses in both teams bowling attack I guess.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 12, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Rutherford is all hype. He recieved a huge wrap from everyone after the big hundred on debut, but just like all other kiwi batsman has come crumbling down to a lowly average in the 30's, they never change.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 12, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Kiwi bowlers shocked me! Not because of that Ban made 501, um shocked 2 watch their bowling line nd length.... With that type of line u cant xpect smthng better anywhere.. evn if u play cricket on desert on forest condition... They r just nt strong enough... Nd yah, congrtaz gazi, did a gr8 job

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | October 12, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    It's pretty clear that BD made the wicket as flat as possible to reduce their chances of a loss to a bare minimum. This is precisely what sets Zimbabwe apart from subcontinent teams, and even the WI whose wickets ignore batting skills. Zimbabwe prepare pitches which aid both disciplines.

    Having said this, credit to Bangladesh. Tamim&Shakib, plus to a less extent Mushfiqur&Nasir didn't contribute much but the rest of the players chipped in to get them to this stage.

    It's pretty obvious that if Zim were to tour BD then we cannot use the same attack. Two out of Mpofu, Shingi&Panyangara would be frontline seamers with Hami&Elton as the other seamers. Common sense continues to prevail with Cremer being overlooked, and the temptation to risk Mushangwe/Mutombodzi is resisted. Utseya(with Williams) would once again be key for us there as he would be required to tighten the screws more than Martin:

    Matsi, Mawoyo, Hami, Taylor, Vusi, Williams, Elton, Mutumbami(wk), Utseya, Panyangara, Mpofu.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Congratulations to both of you, keep on playing like this and inshallah our tigers will win the match

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    G for Great, G for Gazi...

    G for great Bangladesh going on...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 12, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Hats off to you shohag gazi! Joy Bangla... Love Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | October 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Bangladesh has very exciting young talent in Mominul, Nasir, Anamul, Gazi etc and the team is very young and becoming competitive. Future of Bangladesh Cricket is clear and even our now weaker under-19 team where the likes of Nasir, Mominul, Anamul etc have left recently can still thrash the likes of West Indies under-19. The team is so young as well.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Super effort boys. Don't let the hard work slip away and keep the pressure on the visitors, you might be rejoicing soon.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    well done bd boys, great 100 for gazi. now try to quickly all out nz team....

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Salute to the duo, you have done well. Hats off. No language is equal to your praise.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Salute to the duo, you have done well. Hats off. No language is equal to your praise.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    well done bd boys, great 100 for gazi. now try to quickly all out nz team....

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Super effort boys. Don't let the hard work slip away and keep the pressure on the visitors, you might be rejoicing soon.

  • POSTED BY The_Ashes on | October 12, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Bangladesh has very exciting young talent in Mominul, Nasir, Anamul, Gazi etc and the team is very young and becoming competitive. Future of Bangladesh Cricket is clear and even our now weaker under-19 team where the likes of Nasir, Mominul, Anamul etc have left recently can still thrash the likes of West Indies under-19. The team is so young as well.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 12, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Hats off to you shohag gazi! Joy Bangla... Love Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    G for Great, G for Gazi...

    G for great Bangladesh going on...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 12, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Congratulations to both of you, keep on playing like this and inshallah our tigers will win the match

  • POSTED BY ZCFOutkast on | October 12, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    It's pretty clear that BD made the wicket as flat as possible to reduce their chances of a loss to a bare minimum. This is precisely what sets Zimbabwe apart from subcontinent teams, and even the WI whose wickets ignore batting skills. Zimbabwe prepare pitches which aid both disciplines.

    Having said this, credit to Bangladesh. Tamim&Shakib, plus to a less extent Mushfiqur&Nasir didn't contribute much but the rest of the players chipped in to get them to this stage.

    It's pretty obvious that if Zim were to tour BD then we cannot use the same attack. Two out of Mpofu, Shingi&Panyangara would be frontline seamers with Hami&Elton as the other seamers. Common sense continues to prevail with Cremer being overlooked, and the temptation to risk Mushangwe/Mutombodzi is resisted. Utseya(with Williams) would once again be key for us there as he would be required to tighten the screws more than Martin:

    Matsi, Mawoyo, Hami, Taylor, Vusi, Williams, Elton, Mutumbami(wk), Utseya, Panyangara, Mpofu.

  • POSTED BY CrICkeeet on | October 12, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Kiwi bowlers shocked me! Not because of that Ban made 501, um shocked 2 watch their bowling line nd length.... With that type of line u cant xpect smthng better anywhere.. evn if u play cricket on desert on forest condition... They r just nt strong enough... Nd yah, congrtaz gazi, did a gr8 job

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | October 12, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Rutherford is all hype. He recieved a huge wrap from everyone after the big hundred on debut, but just like all other kiwi batsman has come crumbling down to a lowly average in the 30's, they never change.