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Bangladesh Fight Back After Williamson Ton

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson hit 114 on the opening day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong
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New Zealand 280-5 (Williamson 114, Fulton 73) v
First Test, Chittagong, day one

New Zealand's Kane Williamson scored a century on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong but the hosts fought back late in the day.

Williamson made 114 and Peter Fulton 73 and although New Zealand were 183 for one in the afternoon session, they closed on 280 for five.

As expected, Bangladesh's spinners did the bulk of the bowling and all five wickets fell to slow bowlers, Abdur Razzak marking his return to the side with a brace to peg the tourists back.

Nasir Hosain, Sohag Gazi and Shakib Al Hasan also struck to undermine New Zealand's excellent start.

Hamish Rutherford (34 in 55 balls) and Fulton (73 in 198 balls) batted patiently after Brendon McCullum won the toss and chose to bat first.

Rutherford fell in the 23rd over when he was caught by Razzak off Gazi before Fulton and Williamson added 126 for the second wicket, which fell when Fulton was caught by Mominul Haque off Nasir.

New Zealand continued to look composed, especially Williamson, who reached a fourth century in 175 balls, going on to hit 12 fours before he was trapped in front by Shakib in the penultimate over of the day.

Bangladesh's fightback was by then well underway. Ross Taylor had scored freely, hitting two fours and a six but his cameo of 28 in 47 balls ended when he offered a catch to substitute Naeem Islam off Razzak.

Nine balls after Williamson's dismissal, New Zealand lost their captain when Razzak trapped McCullum  (21) in front, meaning the Black Caps had lost three wickets for 36 runs in the final session.

Nightwatchman Bruce Martin was unbeaten on four and will be joined in the morning by either BJ Watling or Corey Anderson, depending on where New Zealand decide to bat their debutant all-rounder.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was also handed a debut by the tourists while Bangladesh gave a first start to batsman Marshall Ayub.

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