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Williamson registered his fourth Test century
New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson stole the spotlight on the first day as he scored a fluid century to lead the Black Caps to 280/5 at the close of play.
Williamson was well supported by opening batsman Peter Fulton, who registered a half-century, while Bangladesh left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak was the most successful bowler with two wickets.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum hesitated for a while before choosing to bat first, despite the pitch seeming to look like a batsman’s dream.
McCullum’s decision to bat first seemed to pay off as New Zealand got off to a solid start with their opening pair of Fulton and Hamish Rutherford registering a 57-run partnership before Rutherford was caught out off the bowling of Sohag Gazi.
Despite the loss of Rutherford, who made 34, New Zealand continued to pile on the runs as Williamson and Fulton put together a 126-run partnership before Fulton lost his concentration and paid for it with his wicket.
Fulton’s brilliant knock of 73 had come off 198 balls and included seven boundaries and a six.
Williamson and Ross Taylor helped New Zealand steam on and the team score soon passed the 200-run mark.
Williamson and Taylor recorded a 61-run partnership before Taylor became Razzak’s first victim of the day.
Williamson soon brought up his fourth Test century, but failed to convert it into a bigger score as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Shakib Al Hasan.
Williamson scored a magnificent 114, which came off 210 deliveries and included 12 boundaries.
McCullum found himself back in the pavilion in the very next over as he too was given out lbw, but only this time, it was off the bowling of Razzak.
Stumps was eventually called with New Zealand finishing on 280/5.
Bruce Martin and wicketkeeper Ben Watling are the two new batsmen at the crease and have yet to score a run.
Razzak was the pick of Bangladesh’s bowlers with two wickets, while Gazi and Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain all snapped up one wicket apiece.
Play will resume tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT