Gazi hat-trick concludes Chittagong draw

Bangladesh

Bangladesh all-rounder Sohag Gazi became the first cricketer to score a century and take a hat-trick in the same Test, but could not prevent the series opener from ending in a draw at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday.

Bangladesh all-rounder Sohag Gazi became the first cricketer to score a century and take a hat-trick in the same Test, but could not prevent the series opener from ending in a draw at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong on Sunday.

The visitors, buoyed by a solid first-innings total of 469 all out, resumed on 117 for one, eager to post a competitive target after Saturday's proceedings were marred by inclement weather.

Key half-centuries from opener Peter Fulton and middle-order duo Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor obliged to the tune of 287 for seven declared – and a 255-run lead – but not before Gazi had made history.

The recipient of a maiden century in a final total of 501 all out a day earlier, spinner Gazi soon romped to near career-best figures of six for 77, an outstanding hat-trick included. Unfortunate trio Corey Anderson, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell were, indeed, flummoxed in very quick succession.

Anderson was trapped lbw plumb in front of the stumps, while Watling was outdone by additional bounce to be caught behind – and Bracewell completed the historic feat by holing out to first slip. Bangladesh's celebrations, understandably, were prolonged and proliferated across an appreciative crowd.

The belated hat-trick, admittedly, had little say in the bigger picture – as New Zealand declared soon after – but for the spirited 22-year-old from Barisal – and the Man of the Match's family – the occasion will live long in the memory.

A 250-plus chase inside 50 overs was always going to be a difficult task for the Tigers, and the patience of openers Anamul Haque and Tamim Iqbal soon rubbished suggestion of an ODI-esque approach.

Debutant Marshall Ayub again showed promise at first-drop, while all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan welcomed a token half-century amid the closing throes of the fixture. Visiting spinner Bruce Martin, meanwhile, took his cue for a brace after going wicketless in the first innings.

The hosts ultimately fell 83 runs short of an unlikely target and, despite the deficit, ended the fixture entirely confident – and eager to capitalise come the second and final Test, which will get underway at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on 21 October.

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