Test heads for draw as rain arrives

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New Zealand held a lead of 85 runs at stumps on day four of the first Test in Chittagong, with the match heading towards a draw thanks to a maiden Test century by Sohag Gazi and the arrival of rain late in the day.

New Zealand held a lead of 85 runs at stumps on day four of the first Test in Chittagong, with the match heading towards a draw thanks to a maiden Test century by Sohag Gazi and the arrival of rain late in the day.

Gazi and Robiul Islam's century stand in the morning session had frustrated the Kiwis, who had to wait until after lunch to start batting again. They bowled the hosts out for 501, and themselves reached 117 for one at the close.

The Tigers started the day trailing by 90 runs and with three wickets in hand, but they did superbly to hold off the Black Caps attack and scored at a rapid clip thanks to spinner Gazi, who showed his all-round abilities.

The score was his first international half century, and as he neared his ton he brought up the lead for the home side with a big six. When lunch arrived, he and Islam had put on 104 together, the third century stand of the innings.

The pair were only able to add one more runs to their stand after the break though, as Islam was out for 33, caught by Ross Taylor off Doug Bracewell. This left only Rubel Hossain to get rid of after Abdur Razzak fell earlier in the morning to Trent Boult.

Gazi brought up his century with a fine boundary, but he was denied further runs when Ish Sodhi captured his second Test wicket with the score on 501, thus bringing the innings to a close.

The Kiwis quickly erased the 32-run deficit as Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton put on 48 runs for the first wicket. Rutherford was the only wicket to fall before rain arrived, trapped LBW by Nasir Hossain for 32.

Fulton and Kane Williamson batted steadily as the clouds pulled over, with the big man on 44 at the close and Williamson on 28.

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