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Shower dampens Gazi exploits

Rain undermined the impact of Sohag Gazi’s maiden international century as the opening Test of two between Bangladesh and New Zealand headed for a draw.

The 22-year-old all-rounder, playing in his seventh Test and with two first-class tons previously to his name, hit a swashbuckling 101 not out from number eight as the Chittagong hosts took a first-innings advantage of 32.

The Black Caps reached 117 for one in their second knock for a lead of 85 before post-tea rain brought an early end to the penultimate day.

A Bangladesh first-innings advantage had looked unlikely at 387 for eight early today but Gazi, on 28 overnight, swung his way to three figures just after lunch on the back of three sixes and 10 fours.

Robiul Islam contributed 33 to a ninth-wicket stand of 105 that overhauled New Zealand’s 469 all out.

Gazi’s fellow off-spinner Nasir Hossain had Hamish Rutherford lbw for 32, playing across the line, but Peter Fulton and Kane Williamson were unbeaten on 44 and 28 respectively as Mushfiqur Rahim used seven bowlers in the 40 second-innings overs possible.

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