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Dhaka Tribune

Game even after first day

Update : 09 Oct 2013, 02:52 PM

New Zealand finished day one of the first Test against Bangladesh at 280/5 after Kane Williamson struck a measured century at Chittagong’s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) yesterday.

With the newly laid pitch at the ZACS expected to turn, Bangladesh went into the game with seven batsman and an extra spinner in Abdur Razzak in place of vice-captain Mahmudullah, who has been out of form for some time.

However, the pitch turned out to be flat and the spinners were unable to gain much help from it. Many speculated that the lifelessness in the wicket was the result of the wicket being covered throughout the incessant rain that plagued the area in the days leading up to the match. The New Zealand batsmen were faced with a wicket so slow that they found themselves waiting for the ball but it was the looseness of the Bangladesh bowlers, who strayed in direction that allowed the Kiwis the room to keep the scoreboard ticking over.

Nonetheless, three wickets in the last hour of the day – courtesy of spinner Shakib Al Hasan and Razzak – meant that it was the Tigers who finished the day with smiles on their faces.

After electing to bat first, New Zealand’s openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford made a smooth start and put on over 50 for the first wicket. Rutherford was the more aggressive and used the sweep shot to good effect, while surviving a close LBW appeal and once lofting Sohag Gazi over long-off for six. He was eventually dismissed for 34 by Gazi trying to repeat the shot, after a 57 run opening stand – the highest for New Zealand against Bangladesh

The new man in Williamson however, proceeded to take centre stage. The right hander dominated the slow bowlers with cuts and drives as he put on 126 in partnership with Fulton. The partnership was broken by Nasir Hossain just before tea when a short, wide delivery was cracked by Fulton straight to cover fieldsman Mominul Haque. The opener made 73.

Williamson went on to complete his fourth Test hundred with 12 fours before he was removed by Shakib for 114. The ace all-rounder – who is just coming back from injury - was used sparingly by Mushfiq and bowled just eight overs in the day.

At the tail end of the day Razzak, who was playing his first Test in two years, claimed two wickets to give the Tigers an even share of the day. The left arm spinner removed Ross Taylor for 29 in the 79th over and went on to claim skipper Brendan McCullum (21) with the last ball of the day.

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