Gazi Hits Ton, New Zealand Hit Back
New Zealand 469 & 117-1 (Fulton 44no) v
Bangladesh 501 (Mominul Haque 181)
First Test, Chittagong, day four
Bangladesh all-rounder Sohag Gazi emulated Mominul Haque by scoring a maiden Test century on day four of the first Test against New Zealand in Chittagong but New Zealand closed 85 runs ahead.
Gazi was unbeaten on 101 as Bangladesh ended their first innings on 501, claiming a lead of 32, which was swiftly wiped out by New Zealand in their second innings.
The tourists closed on 117 for one when rain ended play early having safely negotiated what could have been a nervous end to the day.
Bangladesh resumed on 380 for seven and few would have expected them to go past New Zealand's score, but Gazi was not to be denied.
Perhaps inspired by compatriot Abul Hasan, who scored his maiden century from number 10 in November 2012 against the West Indies, Gazi scored his 101 not out in 161 balls from number eight.
He received valuable support from Robiul Islam, whose 33 in 75 balls was a Test best. Gazi's century, which included 10 fours and three sixes, was also his first in first-class cricket.
Bangladesh were 387 for eight when Abdur Razzak was trapped in front by Trent Boult before Gazi and Robiul added 105 for the ninth wicket - a record for the ground even if it fell short of Mahmudullah and Abul's 184 against the West Indies as an overall Bangladesh record.
After Robiul became Doug Bracewell's 50th Test wicket, Rubel Hossain made four and when he was caught by Ross Taylor off Ish Sodhi, it left Gazi unbeaten having reached his century in the previous over.
Bracewell finished with three for 36, Boult two for 50, Sodhi two for 112 and Corey Anderson two for 34.
A few early wickets would have put New Zealand under pressure but they didn't materialise and they had more than halved their deficit when Hamish Rutherford (32) was trapped in front by Nasir Hossain as Bangladesh turned to their spinners early.
Razzak opened the bowling with Rubel, who was taken off after just one over; Sohag, Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir all bowled before Robiul, the other seamer, was given a go.
However, despite Mushfiqur rotating his bowlers, with Mominul, whose brilliant 181 has put Bangladesh on course for a lead on day three, also bowling, New Zealand stood firm and thanks to Peter Fulton, unbeaten on 44, and Kane Williamson, not out on 28, were forging ahead by stumps.
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