Bangladesh v NZ, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day

Gazi shines as Test ends in draw

The Report by Mohammad Isam

October 13, 2013

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New Zealand 469 (Williamson 114, Watling 103) and 287 for 7 dec (Williamson 74, Fulton 59, Gazi 6-77) drew with Bangladesh 501 (Mominul 181, Gazi 101*) and 173 for 3 (Shakib 50*)
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Sohag Gazi acknowledges the applause after his first Test hat-trick, Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, 5th day, Chittagong, October 13, 2003
Sohag Gazi takes in the applause for his hat-trick © AFP
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Even as the first Test meandered to a draw, Bangladesh had plenty of reasons to celebrate, not least among them Sohag Gazi's performance on the final day. A Test hat-trick, only the second by a Bangladesh bowler, gave him a singular place in cricket history - he became the first cricketer to score a hundred and take a hat-trick in a Test. That wasn't the only record he claimed.

When Mushfiqur Rahim managed to latch on to a rebound off his chest, to get rid of BJ Watling off the third ball of the 85th over, Gazi became only the third player in this decade to score a hundred and take five wickets in a Test, after R Ashwin and Shakib Al Hasan.

Having taken two wickets off successive balls in that over, Gazi then went on to complete a hat-trick, courtesy a one-handed catch at first slip by Shakib, who dived forward to catch the ball close to the ground.

The early finish to the game on the fourth evening meant that the possibility of rain loomed over the final day, but the weather stayed clear. New Zealand, however, began the fifth day slowly. They were consolidating and, with Peter Fulton at the crease, they achieved that. Fulton kept the Bangladesh spinners at bay in his own way, with the bat coming down from his 1.98 metre frame and defending the ball low to the ground. He scored 59 runs in more than three hours, adding 101 for the second wicket with Kane Williamson.

Fulton fell leg-before to Gazi in the second hour of play, and was followed by Williamson who was out after adding 51 runs with Ross Taylor for the third wicket. Williamson made 74 off 150 balls, with two fours and a six, but was out to a freak dismissal: his fierce pull got lodged between Anamul Haque's thighs and the short-leg fielder held on to complete the catch.

Taylor accelerated a bit after lunch, hitting Abdur Razzak for three consecutive fours in the first over after the break, as he and Brendon McCullum added 32 runs from 3.4 overs. The New Zealand captain, however, was undone by Gazi's length. The hat-trick followed, and the visitors had little to do but declare with the score on 287 for 7, setting Bangladesh a 256-run target in a maximum of 48 overs.

Tamim Iqbal and Anamul started cautiously, and survived a few lbw appeals. Anamul was the first to go, caught at cover off a poor Bruce Martin delivery. The shot was poor too. Tamim struggled to get the ball off the square, and also enjoyed some luck. He was dropped at deep square leg by Anderson off Martin on 29, and by Taylor at slip when he was on 40. Tamim spent 29 balls in the forties before an awkward-looking drive led to a top-edge, giving a catch to Martin in the covers.

Marshall Ayub once again gave a glimpse of his potential as a No. 3 with good technique, but he fell lbw to Sodhi. Shakib and Mominul Haque then got Bangladesh to safety in the last hour.

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

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Posted by   on (October 16, 2013, 21:34 GMT)

Hope <a href="http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/player/444135.html>Sohag Gazi </a>will continue his journey. Will be very happy if he can take more wickets in the upcoming matches.

Posted by   on (October 15, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Its time Bangladesh beat a top test-playing nation in a Test match..... Rather than resting on their so called "Drawing a match" LAURERLS

Posted by adelsayed on (October 15, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

Bd and Nz both team played well.the match drew ,but a stage Bd beat Nz.it is in individual performance. no opinion of Sohag gazi from Nz. thanks him for his brilliant performance.keep it up Tiger!!

Posted by   on (October 15, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

I think from now on our first class structure should play on the spinning and turning track. if we look India and Sri Lanka hey are doing that and winning for long time because it is our strength in sub continent. Over the years India and Sri lanka only produced two three class pacers like Srinath, Jahir Khan, Chaminda Vaas, Malinga. At least BD should plan way before test series and play according to their strength. When teams from outside sub continent are coming they should prepare well spinning track. If opponent team does not have well establish spinners then why be afraid and make a defensive approach.From next time BD think tank should make a good plan and strategy way before a Test series. Good planned strategy and proper execution can only win test matches. At the end of the day it is counted who wins.

Posted by SaroarIslam on (October 14, 2013, 18:50 GMT)

BD was played really good cricket. . .in next test we should have go for win

Posted by   on (October 14, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

Cricinfo should update the profile of Shohag Gazi after this unique achievement!

Posted by   on (October 14, 2013, 10:30 GMT)

Thanks to Islam for his nice report though he never do any positive comments about BD cricket or Cricketers or BD fan. He completes his job by writing a report to cover a test match. No positive description of the match or a player or anything else. If BD lost this test match with a big margin then some people says they have no quality to play test cricket. But if Bd Play good cricket they do not get any appreciation. This is really very frustrating for BD fan.

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