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

Gazi's double celebration

Plays of the day from the fourth day of the first Test between Bangladesh and New Zealand in Chittagong

The happy accident
After Mominul Haque's quiet appreciation of the crowd's adulation, the celebrations for Sohag Gazi's twin landmarks was on another scale. After reaching a maiden half-century, he took off his helmet and whooped towards the dressing room. The century celebration was longer, as would be the case for any bowler who got his first Test hundred. Gazi ramped the ball past point, turned around and screamed at the top of his voice. As he was running back, he bumped into non-striker Rubel Hossain who should have seen Gazi coming.

The blunder
The first innings didn't go too well for left-arm spinner Bruce Martin. It worsened when he dropped a sitter from Gazi after bowling a full toss. The ball struck the toe of the bat as the batsman went through with the drive, and Martin was poised for the low return but spilled it. Gazi was lucky again a while later when Trent Boult couldn't hold on to another drive. This one was full-blooded and Boult stuck his hand out on his follow-through.

The occasion
The crowd was unaware when Bangladesh avoided the follow-on on the third day, but they weren't about to miss another event when on the fourth morning, Bangladesh took the lead. Gazi marked the occasion by lofting Kane Williamson over long-on in the 140th over, for one of his three sixes, and a huge cheer rang around the ground.

The delay
Until 2011, a 20-minute shower at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium would have meant days lost in a Test. It wasn't the same after the whole outfield was relaid and a drainage system was put in. The ground has been raised by two feet, which meant there was hardly any water on the outfield after the downpour in the afternoon. However, the curator thought it would take him an hour to get the ground ready for play, which resulted in the early call-off.

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

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  • Dummy4 on October 13, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    shuvo_3123, Your team kicked India out of Asia Cup. Your team lost in the finals. Ha ha ha............. Have your team ever won a big tournament. We won the World Cup two times, Champions Trophy once.

  • Shoaib on October 12, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    Gazi is much younger than Ashwin and God willing will become better than him in few years.

  • Dummy4 on October 12, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi supporter I m thankful to Srilankan cricket Bord, coz Indian cricket Bord is ignoring Bangladesh for last 10 years, recently Pakistan cricket Bord is not allowing their players to play our domestic cricket !! but more then 15 Srilankan players r playing DPL now. Srilanka is also inviting Bangladesh's national side and A team to play in Srilanka.

  • John on October 12, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    @bdsmaruf , TheRisingTeam ; C'mon guys, Gazi is a talented bowler who knows how to use the bat to some extent. Don't insult him by comparing him with some club level cricketers like Asswin. G'luck with ongoing NZ series !! - a SL fan-

  • maruf on October 12, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    I want to see gazi like ashwin, bowling first then batting. I think mahmudullah have to work very hard to regain his place. it is a very good sign for bd team. nobody is permanent without performing even tamim, sakib. healthy competition is always good for every team

  • rafsan on October 12, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Excuse Dhruv Sirhoi, Beating New zealand, its not a upset.. you should go and look records. dont forget we also know how to beat India..and we kicked them out from asia cup...

  • Shipu on October 12, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Gazi played a very entertaining innings. Something that is certainly worth watching. Not surprised though since it is already known he can bat a bit and already had 2 first class 100s before today. I think he can fill in the role of Mahmudullah in tests and be our permanent number 8 batsman. Sort of like Ashwin of India. Anyway, Gazi is another good young player Bangladesh has found. Has an excellent career ahead of him and seems to be loving it.

  • Android on October 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Well done young man.I am hoping that Bangladesh will cause an upset.

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