Gazi sports plenty of ambition ahead of decider

Bangladesh

Spinner Sohag Gazi is hoping to repeat the all-round heroics he showed in the drawn first Test against New Zealand as Bangladesh seek a rare series win against the visitors this week.

Spinner Sohag Gazi is hoping to repeat the all-round heroics he showed in the drawn first Test against New Zealand as Bangladesh seek a rare series win against the visitors this week.

The 22-year-old shone in the series opener in Chittagong earlier this month. He became the first cricketer in history to score a century and claim a hat-trick in the same Test, propelling him to instant stardom in the success-starved nation.
Gazi, who has played seven Tests in his fledgling career, returns on Monday to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka – scene of his outstanding nine-wicket debut against West Indies last year – for the second and final Test of the series.
The off-spinner, who has since emerged as a bright all-round prospect, scored an unbeaten 101 in the first Test against New Zealand before taking 6-77 in the tourists' second innings including a hat-trick.
"In the second match my aim will be to keep this streak," Gazi said. "I don't know if I will break a record again or not, but I am thinking about taking a five-for again.
"Actually, there is nothing different to do. The manner in which I bowled in the last match, I will try to bowl in a similar way. I will work on the little mistakes that I made in the previous game."
Bangladesh are hoping the wicket will offer some assistance to the Bangladesh spinners after they were frustrated by a flat batting pitch in Chittagong for long periods.
New Zealand scored 469 in their first innings before Bangladesh amassed 501, only the third time the hosts have passed the 500-run mark in their history.
Providing stark evidence of the ease of batting, the two teams together struck 27 sixes, which equalled the all-time record for most sixes in a Test match.
"There will be some advantage for spinners in Mirpur," Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim said on Sunday. "We're taking our preparations to keep it in mind."

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