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Gazi hat-trick cannot force win

Sohag Gazi becoming the first man to take a hat-trick and hit a hundred in the same Test could not prevent a draw between Bangladesh and New Zealand at Chittagong in the opening game of two.

Gazi, 22, featuring in his seventh Test, followed up yesterday’s unbeaten 101 from number eight with the hosts’ six wickets today for figures of 6-77 from 26 overs in a man-of-the-match display.

Soon after the off-spinning all-rounder’s three-in-three, Brendon McCullum declared intriguingly on 278 for seven to set the Tigers an attainable 256 in a minimum of 45 overs.

Yet Bangladesh’s top four did not score at the rate required to threaten the target, rendering Shakib Al Hasan’s 39-ball 50 not out in vain. Shakib raising his fifty by cutting Ish Sodhi for his fourth four, to follow three sixes, was the last act.

New Zealand resumed their second innings today on 117 for one, 85 ahead, with Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson extending their stand to 101 until the former was lbw for 59. Williamson followed Fulton to a half-century and was unlucky to be caught close in on 74 when his pull lodged between Anamul Haque’s legs.

Having added 51 alongside Williamson, Ross Taylor put on 50 with McCullum who was bowled attempting to cut. Gazi’s hat-trick, the second by a Tiger, soon followed with Corey Anderson pinned in front, BJ Watling caught behind and Doug Bracewell held at slip via Mushfiqur Rahim’s pad. Two consecutive Sodhi sixes then prompted the declaration, with Taylor on 54.

Bruce Martin’s first two Test wickets were those of openers Anamul and Tamim Iqbal, the latter for 46 following a partnership of 60 with Marshall Ayub. In the next set of six Sodhi trapped Ayub in front for 31 before Shakib’s hitting enlivened proceedings and realised an alliance of 72 in a score of 173 for three from 48.2 overs.

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