Ross Taylor was unbeaten on 31 when lunch was taken © AFP

Oct 13, 2013

New Zealand reached 218 for three at lunch on Day Five of the first Test against Bangladesh at Chittagong on Sunday.

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. Sohag 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 hosts, lying at the bottom of the Test table in 10th place, piled up 501 in reply to New Zealand’s 469 before being all out soon after lunch on the fourth day with a lead of 32 runs.

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)

Brief scores:

New Zealand 469 and 218 for 3 (Peter Fulton 59, Kane Williamson 74; Sohag Gazi 2 for 61) lead Bangladesh 501 (Mominul Haque 181, Mushfiqur Rahim 67, Sohag Gazi 101*; Doug Bracwell 3 for 96, Corey Anderson 2 for 34, Trent Boult 2 for 50) by 186 runs.

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