New Zealand: 469 & 287/7d
Bangladesh: 501 & 173/3 (48.2 overs)
Bangladesh’s Sohag Gazi became the first player ever to score a century and take a hat-trick in the first Test against New Zealand. The game finished in a draw, but it was far from the dull conclusion that looked set to occur following yesterday’s batsman-dominated day.
Gazi’s remarkable achievement came about as he scored his maiden Test hundred on Day 4, helping his team to a 32-run first-innings lead. But it was to become an even more memorable Test match for the all-rounder as he dismissed Corey Anderson, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell in consecutive deliveries on his way to figures of 6-for-77.
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He picked up his hat-trick in the 84th over of New Zealand’s second innings. The first victim was Anderson, who Gazi trapped plumb LBW. Next was Watling, as he was surprised by the bounce from a good length and subsequently feathered a thin edge to Mushfiqur Rahim.
The hat-trick ball saw Gazi trap Bracewell on his crease. He edged it into the keeper's pads, and the ball popped up into the air before Shakib Al Hasan made a stunning diving catch to take the ball just inches off the ground. It sparked jubilant scenes amongst the Bangladeshi players and they must have felt they had a sniff at victory.
It was a welcome burst of top-class bowling, as New Zealand’s batsmen looked to strangle the life out of the game in the morning session. Peter Fulton knuckled down to make 50 from 157 balls and see the hosts to 218/3 at lunch.
The new ball was taken not long after, and this was when Gazi struck. He took the wicket of Brendan McCullum before blitzing through the New Zealand middle order with a sensational hat-trick. The hosts suddenly found themselves on 260/7.
New Zealand batted for another hour, picking up another 27 runs in the process before declaring with a lead of 255. It gave both sides 48 overs to secure an unlikely victory.
But Bangladesh were not going to be tempted by the target and it was clear early on that they were not looking to facilitate a frantic finale. Anamal Haque was dismissed early on by Bruce Martin for 18 runs from 54 balls, giving the tourists a glimmer of hope.
Tamim Iqbal and Marshall Ayub steadied the ship for the hosts and it soon became apparent that this one was indeed heading for a draw.
Ish Sodhi gets in on the act, trapping Marshall Ayub LBW for 31. Two new men at the crease. Bit of late drama? ^RI— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 13, 2013
New Zealand picked up a couple of late wickets, but Bangladesh were able to close on 169/3. The exploits of Gazi, it has to be said, made this day a far more fascinating one than it should have been.
It means that it's all to play for the second and final Test match in Mirpur on October 21st.