Bangladesh reached 38 for no loss after New Zealand declared their innings at 287 for seven at tea on Day Five of the first Test match at Chittagong on Sunday.
Sohag Gazi was the star of the day as he bagged his maiden hat-trick to trigger New Zealand’s collapse in the second session after they were well placed at 250 for three at one stage. In the process, he became the first player to score a century and bag a hat-trick in the same match.
In what seemed to be a dull affair heading towards a draw turned out to be quite exciting as the visitors declared their innings and set a target of 256 runs for Bangladesh to chase.
Earlier, resuming the day on 117 for one, the visitors added 101 runs in the opening session of the last day losing the wickets of Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson. Gazi accounted for the wickets of both the batsmen.
The experienced pair of Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum were at the crease when lunch was taken.
Earlier, a maiden Test century by Bangladesh‘s lower-order batsman Gazi on Saturday helped Bangladesh take a step closer to a high-scoring draw against New Zealand.
The Black Caps, ranked eighth above only Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, helped themselves to 117 for one in their second innings before heavy rain forced play to be called off at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Bangladesh are looking for their first Test win against New Zealand, having lost eight and drawn one of their nine matches against the Black Caps.
The second Test will be played in Dhaka from October 21 to 25, followed by three One-Day Internationals (ODI) and one Twenty20 match.
(with inputs from AFP)
New Zealand 469 (Kane Williamson 114, BJ Watling 103) and 287 for 7 decl. (Peter Fulton 59, Kane Williamson 74; Sohag Gazi 6 for 77) lead Bangladesh 501 (Mominul Haque 181, Sohag Gazi 101) and 38 for no loss (Tamim Iqbal 20*) by 218 runs.