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

Rain stops play with New Zealand ahead


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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  • jared 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • achint 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Shoaib 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.

  • Shoaib 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.

  • Dummy4 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!

  • Shoaib 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.

  • Dummy4 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..

  • Mark 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

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