Sunday 13 October 2013 

Gazi Hat-Trick Before Opening Test Drawn

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan struck a 39-ball half-century before the game was drawn in Chittagong
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New Zealand 469 & 287-7 dec. drew with
Bangladesh 501 & 173-3 (Shakib Al Hasan 50no)
First Test, Chittagong

Sohag Gazi followed up his maiden century with a hat-trick on the final day of the first Test in Chittagong before Bangladesh and New Zealand played out a draw.

Gazi removed Corey Anderson, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell in consecutive deliveries in New Zealand's second innings, which they declared at 287 for seven.

That set Bangladesh a target of 255 to win and they batted confidently to finish on 173 for three with Shakib Al Hasan hitting a 39-ball half-century before stumps were drawn.

Gazi becomes the second man to take a Test hat-trick after Alok Kapali achieved the feat against Pakistan in 2003, and he is the first man to take a Test hat-trick for Bangladesh at home.

New Zealand resumed on 117 for one and as Peter Fulton (59), Kane Williamson (74) and Ross Taylor (54 not out) all scored half-centuries, they were able to extend their lead.

Gazi struck to remove Fulton and Williamson, then bowled Brendon McCullum for 22 to keep Bangladesh in with an outside chance of victory.

Then, in the 84th over, he made history. First, he trapped Anderson in front for eight, then had Watling caught behind by Mushfiqur Rahim and finished the hat-trick when Bracewell was caught by Nasir Hossain.

That left New Zealand at 260 for seven and they batted on and once Taylor had reached his half-century and Ish Sodhi had cracked 22 not out in 12 balls, they decided it was time to put Bangladesh back into bat and see if their spinners could do anything like as well as Bangladesh's.

Gazi finished with figures of six for 77 - his second five-wicket haul in Tests.

Bangladesh began their innings in circumspect fashion as Tamim Iqbal put his golden duck of the first innnigs behind him to compile a patient 46 in 95 balls before he was caught by Williamson off Bruce Martin.

Anamul Haque had already fallen for 18 and Marshall Ayub (31) was trapped in front by Sodhi to make the score 101 for three.

Mominul Haque, fresh from scoring a superb 181 in the first innings, looked solid again in making 22 not out in 41 balls but at the other end, Shakib chose to go on the attack, although there were not going to be quite enough overs for Bangladesh to pull off the win.

He crunched three sixes, two in as many deliveries off Sodhi, as well as four fours to finish unbeaten on 50 in 39 balls.

Once he reached his 14th Test half-century, the players shook hands to conclude a Test match that had plenty of twists and turns as well as dramatic collapses and unlikely partnerships; but for a rain delay late on day four, it might well have produced a positive result in either team's favour.

The second Test gets underway in Dhaka on 21st October.

© Cricket World 2013

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