Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st Test, Chittagong, 5th day October 13, 2013

A day of unusual catches

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

The smash and grab
Ross Taylor gave Bangladesh two chances in the first session. The first fell close to Marshall Ayub at silly point; the next one was a jab that was near Marshall again but he grabbed at the grass at short leg. Mushfiqur Rahim replaced Marshall, who was rising too soon at short leg, with Anamul Haque, a wicketkeeper by trade. And soon enough Kane Williamson's full-blooded pull lodged between Anamul's thighs, and he managed to hold on to the ball.

The reaction
Sohag Gazi was the bowler that Anamul caught Williamson off. First, Gazi could not believe he had a wicket, and then he had his hand on his mouth as he ran to greet Anamul. His first concern was Anamul and whether he had been injured. There was a lot of laughter in the huddle that followed the catch, and most players had a concerned look for the catcher.

The recovery
Gazi was bowling dangerously on the fifth morning, and his best delivery took the second wicket of his hat-trick. BJ Watling, the first-innings centurion, was bowled a doosra that jumped off a fuller length. The thin edge first hit Mushfiqur Rahim's gloves but he withstood the pain to take the rebound, before stooping to the ground in pain.

The catch Shakib Al Hasan doesn't stay out of the game for too long. He was at leg slip when Gazi bowled the hat-trick ball. As the ball clipped Doug Bracewell's outside edge, struck Mushfiqur on his boot and popped up, Shakib flung himself before the lone slip could even react. The dive got him to the ball, which he caught one-handed to trigger massive celebrations.

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

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  • espncricinfomobile on October 14, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    catch was awesome...thnxx Sakib,once again..

  • dummy4fb on October 14, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    @Ben Norman-Later. i strongly disagree with your interpretation of the match. Bangladesh has done wonderfully well and what was the need of time. it is bangladesh who dominates the test match. & see we r coming...

  • BravoBravo on October 14, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    @Ben Norman-Larter : I guess you haven't followed SL vs IND matches, the most boring and traumatic events. However, I agree with you that BD could have taken a chance. Sohag Gazi, you beauty, keep the momentum going. One word about BBMcCullum: he has already played 2 decent innings (in CLT20 Circus/Otago), and he is done for a while before he plays any substantial inning in some other IPL kind of circus.

  • dummy4fb on October 13, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    Both teams played well and BD are earning respect from their performances. The match was never likely to end up as anything other than a draw though on a road of a pitch like that.

  • Warm_Coffee on October 13, 2013, 22:32 GMT

    @Ben: No excuse mate. 30 of 40 test wickets have fallen in this test match.Its just that both bowling teams are of less quality. Bangladesh did the right thing actually in their last innings after working hard for 4 days so what's the point in wasting the effort and risk losing? the fact is New Zealand bowlers were not good enough to bowl out Bangladesh in '50' overs. Lost 4-0 to Bangladesh and now have drawn a test match against them. So called 'top' team struggling against 'minnow' hey? :)"

  • dummy4fb on October 13, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    The most boring test match I have ever seen played on a lifeless dull pitch. Bangladesh bowled negative lines and simply tried to bore the New Zealanders out in the first innings. In the 2nd innings the new Zealanders tried to increase the scoring rate and wickets started to fall. With a declaration of 250 off 50 overs it was disappointing to see Bangladesh not at least use their first few wickets to have a go at the total.

  • android_user on October 13, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    The wicket was very flat & really nightmare for the bowlers but Gazi still could manage such fate. He is the wonder boy of our country. Congrats Gaz......

  • Fogu on October 13, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Wwonderful match. Congrats to Gazi. Bravo NZ for declaring at a critical time. Good team effort by BD. several players performed at the same time. It is a good sign for BD future. Hopefully we continue the trend. Go Tigers!

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

    wonderfull match, thanks to nz and bd.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 13, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    Most thanks for Gazi needs to be given to Saqlain bhai for recommending him and for nurturing him. This Bangladesh team is evolving and spin from Gazi is a sign of things to come Nz.. Watch Out!

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