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Gazi roars in drawn Test

Update : 13 Oct 2013, 07:37 PM

A draw was always on the cards after both Bangladesh and New Zealand fared well with the bat in their first innings, but Tigers off-spinner Sohag Gazi’s six-wicket haul - including a hat-trick – lit up the last day of the game at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday.

After playing a scintillating knock of 101 not out the previous day, it was once again the Gazi show at the port city as the 22-year-old did what no one ever has in 136 years of Test cricket. Gazi is now the only cricketer to have a hundred, a five-wicket haul or more and a hat-trick in the same match.

New Zealand resumed the final day well placed at 117 for 1 before losing both overnight batsmen, Peter Fulton (59) and Kane Williamson (74), to Gazi in the first session. At lunch, the visitors were cruising at 218 for 3 and leading by 186 runs, but Gazi was not done yet.

After cleaning up Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum, he claimed a historic hat-trick in his next over. Corey Anderson (8) was plumb in front as he tried to work the ball away for a single, Watling snicked the next ball to the keeper and  Doug Bracewell’s edge next ball popped up off the keepers pads for Shakib Al Hasan to complete a brilliant right handed catch. It was Gazi’s second six-wicket haul and first international hat-trick in only his seventh Test.

Former captain Ross Taylor, who was at the other end for the hat-trick, remained unbeaten on 54 as the visitors declared at 287/7, to set Bangladesh a highly improbable 256 in 46 overs and in three hours to win the match.

Bangladesh were content to see out time and openers Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal put on 39 before the former was dismissed for 18. This allowed talented debutant Marshal Ayub to spend some time in the middle and he partnered Tamim in a 60 run second wicket stand.

Surviving two dropped catches, Tamim was out for 46 playing a poor shot to a wide delivery, before Marshal was trapped LBW by Ish Sodhi to a ball he offered no shot to leave Bangladesh 101/3. In a last ditch effort, McCullum set a close field for the new batsmen, but an Shakib Al Hasan – who has been struggling for runs – was undaunted and proceeded to hit out lustily.

The star all-rounder reached 50 from just 39 balls as he struck three sixes and four fours and remained not out at the end, along with first innings centurion Mominul Haque, who calmly proceeded to 22 not out as the Tigers finished the match with the scoreboard reading 173/3.

Sohag Gazi, who scored a century and claimed eight wickets, was named man-of-the-match in the drawn game.

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