Bangladesh vs. New Zealand: Scorecard, Session Recaps for 1st Test in Chittagong
Bangladesh and New Zealand settled for a share of the spoils after some bad weather and poor bowling conditions meant a draw was the result in Chittagong at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
New Zealand looked an improving side against England earlier this year, and although they went into the series against minnows Bangladesh as favourites, the home side relied upon the skills of an emerging star in Sohag Gazi to get them out of a mess.
Here are the team news, toss details and the session-by-session updates from the match.
A live, in-running scorecard can be found here on Cricinfo.
Chittagong, Day 5, Stumps
New Zealand 469 & 287-7 Declared
Bangladesh 501 & 173-3
So, in the end, even Gazi's heroic form isn't enough for Bangladesh, who are forced to settle on a draw as McCullum and Mushfiqur Rahim shake hands on level par.
While the result is agreeable for all involved, the real talking point from this first Test is the rising form of Gazi and his ability to come up with the goods low in the Bangladesh order while offering a substantial off-spin presence in bowling.
The first cricketer to claim a century and a hat-trick in the same game, Bangladesh will be hoping this is a sign of things to come from the 22-year-old, who ensured that New Zealand at least didn't end the first Test with a win under their belts.
Chittagong, Day 5, Tea
New Zealand 469 & 287-7 Declared
Brendon McCullum has chosen to declare at 287 runs in this second inning after Ish Sodi registers back-to-back sixes, likely putting the result beyond Bangladesh.
After grabbing a hat-trick earlier today, it'll be all eyes on Gazi as the hosts look to take 256 from 45 overs.
Chittagong, Day 5, Lunch
New Zealand 469 & 218-3
Sohag Gazi continued the strong form exhibited in his batting over recent days by taking the high order New Zealand pair of Kane Williamson and Peter Fulton.
In the process, the youngster significantly weakens the Black Caps attacking assets and draws further attention to himself as a considerable talent.
Going into lunch, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor are at the crease.
Chittagong, Day 4, Stumps
New Zealand 469 & 117-1
With Cyclone Phailin within 600 kilometres of Chittagong, rain has brought about an anticipated end of play, which will resume tomorrow at 4 a.m. BST.
With a lead of 85 runs and Peter Fulton hitting 44 not out, the visitors are in good shape to pick things back up when play resumes bright and early tomorrow.
All eyes will be on Kane Williamson, who hit a first innings score of 114, to make the difference once again next time around, although a team effort of higher proportions will be required.
Chittagong, Day 4, Tea
New Zealand 469 & 70-1
Sohag Gazi capped off an incredible innings with his maiden test century on Saturday, hitting a score of 101 to give Bangladesh a lead of 32 runs soon after lunch.
Not long after the Black Caps took control of the bat once more, Nasir Hossain saw off Hamish Rutherford in his first over with a leg-before wicket, but not before the New Zealander registered a swift 32.
Bowlers continue to be begrudged of much assistance from the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium pitch, with New Zealand perhaps expecting another big score in these innings.
Chittagong, Day 4, Lunch
New Zealand 469
Bangladesh put up a tough fight as their ninth-wicket pairing of Sohag Gazi and Robiul Islam grabbed a score of 104 to take a lead for their side heading into lunch on Saturday.
Gazi has already been one of the stars of this test, helping his side to a 22-run lead over the New Zealand visitors just as things were beginning to look bleak.
The 22-year-old has so far led the way with nine boundaries and three sixes, with the New Zealand bowlers having little luck in this innings.
Chittagong, Day 3, Stumps
New Zealand 478
New Zealand finally dismissed Mominul Haque after a fine innings of 181, but runs from skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (67) and Nasir Hossain (46) brought the hosts to within 98 runs of the Black Cap's total in Chittagong.
Mominul's 274-ball innings contained 27 fours, but ended when he was trapped leg-before wicket by Corey Anderson.
His was one of three wickets to fall—Mushfiqur was the victim of a sensational slip catch from Ross Taylor, while Hossain became Ish Sodhi's first scalp in Test cricket.
Sohag Gazi (28 not out) will lead Bangladesh's tail on day four as they go in hunt of late order runs.
But unless either side collapses in a heap over the next couple of days, the match looks poised to end in a draw.
Chittagong, Day 3, Tea
New Zealand 478
Mominul Haque's vigil continued, the batsman unbeaten on 171 at tea on day three of the first Test against New Zealand in Chittagong.
Together with partner Mushfiqur Rahim, the hosts' progress continued serenely on a placid pitch.
Mominul slowed down from the pace he had reached his century, but still looked sure in the middle.
New Zealand plumped for the second new ball as soon as it became available, but despite strangling the run rate, they could not make a breakthrough in the four overs before tea.
The only consolation for the tourists was the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan—the dangerman was beaten by a ball from part-timer Kane Williamson which bounced more than expected. Fellow centurion Kane Williamson did the rest.
Chittagong, Day 3, Lunch
New Zealand 478
Mominal Haque scored a scintillating century as Bangladesh pushed on towards New Zealand's first-innings total in Chittagong.
The batsman's landmark came off just 98 balls, and included 18 fours.
His partner Marshall Ayub, content to play an anchor role on his debut, fell for 25 after a 109-ball knock, becoming Corey Anderson's first Test victim.
Other than that, however, it was slow fare for the hosts and toil for the visitors in a low-scoring session.
Chittagong, Day 2, Stumps
New Zealand 478
Bangladesh recovered from a wobbly start to end the day 375 runs shy of New Zealand in Chittagong.
The home side lost Tamim Iqbal and Anamul Haque to the new ball to leave them at 8-2 as Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult both picked up wickets.
But thereafter the Black Caps were frustrated by debutant Marshall Ayub and Mominul Haque, who saw out the remainder of the session.
The duo looked assured against spin, blunting Ish Sodhi and Bruce Martin's threat, and leaving the visitors short of options as they searched for a first-innings lead.
Chittagong, Day 2, Tea
New Zealand 478
A superb last-wicket stand of 127 runs propelled New Zealand into a strong position by tea on day two against Bangladesh.
There were landmarks for both batsmen—Trent Boult passed 50 in Test cricket for the first time, while wicketkeeper BJ Watling was able to post three-figures.
He was finally out for 103, by which time New Zealand had propped up a total that had looked like falling apart.
Bangladesh survived a handful of deliveries before the break.
Chittagong, Day 2, Lunch
New Zealand 378-9
Honours were even after a gruelling start to the second day between Bangladesh and New Zealand.
The hosts looked to have struck telling blows with an early double-strike.
But BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell steadied the innings.
Tail-ender Bracewell fell for 29, but Watling had passed his half-century by the lunch break, hanging on resolutely with last man Trent Boult as New Zealand eked out every last run.
Chittagong, Day 1, Stumps
A late flurry of wickets for Bangladesh took the lustre off New Zealand's day, which had been dominated by a controlled 114 from Kane Williamson.
Williamson hit 12 fours in his 210-ball knock and had played solidly until he was trapped lbw by Shakib Al Hasan in the penultimate over of the day.
It got worse—Brendon McCullum fell the same way to Abdur Razzak in what was to be the last ball of the evening.
With Razzak having already prised out Ross Taylor for 28 earlier in the session, the score at stumps of 280 for five suddenly looked considerably less imposing.
Nightwatchman Bruce Martin will be at the crease on Day 2, still to score, while New Zealand will be counting on their lengthy tail to wag and see them past 400.
Chittagong, Day 1, Tea
New Zealand 186-2 (64 overs)
As in the first session there was a solitary blip in concentration from the New Zealanders. This time it was Peter Fulton, spurning a seemingly inevitable century when he slapped a ball from Nasir Hossain straight to the man at cover with 73 runs to his name.
That blow just took the gloss of New Zealand's efforts before tea, but Kane Williamson had by this time posted his own half-century, while Ross Taylor was also off the mark in the handful of balls he faced before the break.
Again, however, Bangladesh for the most part wheeled away fruitlessly—and the Black Caps were left in the ideal position to post a significant total.
Chittagong, Day 1, Lunch
New Zealand 93-1 (35 overs)
New Zealand batted patiently to build a solid platform in the opening session of the match.
They lost Hamish Rutherford after the left-hander had started well to reach 34. He looked well set but misjudged a spinner from Sohag Gazi and offered a catch at mid off.
Other than that, however, it was solid from the tourists on a placid pitch.
Bangladesh turned to their spinners early, and 35 overs were bowled in a busy session.
Peter Fulton (38*) and Kane Williamson (15*) stood up well to the various angles and the limited turn.
Toss and Team News
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum won the toss and opted to bat first in Chittagong.
The tourists handed out two debuts, with all-rounder Corey Anderson and spinner Ish Sodhi selected.
For Bangladesh Marshall Ayub won his first cap, replacing Mohammad Ashraful in the batting order after the latter's suspension for spot-fixing.