Bangladesh vs New Zealand 1st Test Day 4: Draw looms as rain ends play early

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Gazi’s century gave Bangladesh a 32-run lead

Bangladesh spinner Sohag Gazi registered his maiden Test century and gave his side a 32-run lead before the rain came and interrupted New Zealand’s second innings on the fourth day of the first Test in Chittagong.

Starting the day on 370/7, Bangladesh quickly lost Abdur Razzak for seven before a 107-run partnership between Gazi and Robiul Islam steadied the innings and gave Bangladesh the lead.

The partnership was finally ended when Islam was caught out for 33 off the bowling of Doug Bracewell.

Gazi continued to pile on the runs and soon reached his century before Bangladesh were bowled out for 501.

The 22-year-old’s magical knock of 101 came off 161 balls and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Bracewell was the pick of New Zealand’s bowlers with three wickets, while Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson all snapped up two wickets apiece and Kane Williamson chipped in with one wicket as well.

New Zealand quickly erased Bangladesh’s 32-run lead as their opening pair of Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford put together a 48-run partnership before Rutherford was given out lbw on 32.

Fulton and Williamson continued to build on New Zealand’s solid start as the pair recorded an unbeaten 69-run partnership before the heavens parted and play was called off.

Fulton remained unbeaten on 44 off 136 deliveries, which included two boundaries and two maximums, while Williamson finished on 28 off 59 balls, which included two boundaries.

Nasir Hossain was the only bowler to take a wicket.

New Zealand’s second innings will continue when play resumes tomorrow at 09:30 local time or 03:30 GMT.

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