Bangladesh lead New Zealand by 22 runs at lunch on Day 4 of 1st Test

Sohag Gazi was unbeaten on 95 for Bangladesh on Day Four of the first Test against New Zealand © AFP

Chittagong: Oct 12, 2013

Bangladesh‘s ninth-wicket pair of Sohag Gazi and Robiul Islam put on an unbroken 104-run stand as the hosts grabbed the lead on the fourth day of the first Test against New Zealand on Saturday.

Bangladesh, replying to New Zealand’s first innings total of 469, were 491 for eight at lunch, a lead of 22 runs with two wickets in hand at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium in Chittagong.

Gazi, a 22-year-old off-spinner whose highest score in six previous Tests was 32, was unbeaten on a stroke-filled 95 that was studded with nine boundaries and three sixes.

Robiul was on 33 at the break, having surpassed his previous best of 24, as the tourists struggled to end the innings on a slow pitch that offered the bowlers no assistance.

Frontline spinners Bruce Martin and Ish Sodhi both conceded over 100 runs, while seamer Doug Bracewell went for two for 91 in 23 overs.

Bangladesh added seven runs to their overnight score of 380 for seven when they lost Abdur Razzak for seven, leg-before to left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

But Gazi and Robiul settled in to lift the hosts past New Zealand’s total and give themselves an outside chance of forcing a result in the remaining five sessions.

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 (ODIs) and one Twenty20 match.

Brief scores:

New Zealand 469 (Peter Fulton 73, Kane Williamson 114, BJ Watling 103; Abdur Razzak 3 for 147) trail Bangladesh 491 for 8 (Mominul Haque 181, Mushfiqur Rahim 67, Sohag Gazi 95*; Corey Anderson 2 for 34, Trent Boult 2 for 50, Doug Bracwell 2 for 91) by 22 runs.

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