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Dhaka Tribune

Gazi shines before rain

Update : 12 Oct 2013, 08:18 PM

Sohag Gazi’s maiden Test century was the highlight of the fourth day as Bangladesh rode on the off-spinner’s valuable knock to go past the 500-run mark and take a 32-run lead in their first innings against New Zealand at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday. However, the visitors managed to go ahead by 85 runs in their second innings before the weather had the final say as rain forced an end the day’s play at the port city. 

Gazi resumed the day on 28 with another tail-ender Abdur Razzak on one as Bangladesh were placed at 380 for 7. Earlier it was Mominul Haque’s century that guided the hosts to the safety, but there was still work to be done and Gazi chose the occasion to announce his ability to bat.

He lost Razzak in the fourt over of the day, but never looked shaken by the dismissal as he took Robiul Islam to land a 105-run ninth wicket partnership that also gave the home side an unexpected lead. Robiul gave firm support with 32 runs while Gazi swung his bat and produced some exquisite shots over the infield.

Gazi, on 95, was desperate to reach his century before the lunch break as he tried to force a boundary, but he had to wait until the resumption. When Robiul top edged to get caught by Ross Taylor off Doug Bracewell just after the break, it brought in last man Rubel Hossain to the crease. Rubel sneaked a single and Gazi did not waste a moment to get to his hundred with a four from the next ball. The Barisal-lad struck 10 fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 101 off 161 balls before Rubel fell to leggie Ish Sodhi with the total on 501, Bangladesh’s third score past 500.

Later, Kiwi openers Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford added 48 runs to overtake the lead before the home side got their first break through right-arm spinner Nasir Hossain. Rutherford on 32 was trapped leg before trying to sweep Nasir.

Fulton was watchful and remained 44 not out while first innings centurion Kane Williamson was unbeaten on 28 before heavy rain stopped the day’s play with the visitors on 117 for 1.

The match referee and the umpires called the day off and decided to start the fifth day today 30 minutes earlier from the scheduled time.

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