Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sohag Gazi wants to repeat Chittagong feat again at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka in 2nd Test Match

Bangladesh cricket’s new sensation spinner Sohag Gazi who scored a century along with a historical hat-trick in the last match at Chittagong against New Zealand is the first cricketer to do so in history.  Sohag has already acquired a larger status in the cricket world for his excellent performance. Now the cricketer himself is full of confidence from his previous performance and wants to repeat his Chittagong feat again in order to help Bangladesh a rare series win against New Zealand this week.

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.

Sohag Gazi said that "In the second match my aim will be to keep this streak," and "I don't know if I will break a record again or not, but I am thinking about taking a five-for again.” He continues "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."

Gazi is hopeful that the wicket at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium in Dhaka will offer some assistance to the Bangladesh spinners after they were frustrated by a flat batting pitch in Chittagong for long periods. In the  1st test match 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.

New Zealand batsman Peter Fulton also said that the pitch at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium could favour the spinners. "It looks very dry, not a lot of grass on it. It is similar to the Chittagong game, preparing it to be low and slow," he said. "The wicket may turn more than it did in Chittagong. We are preparing for every scenario."

The Test series will be followed by three one-day Internationals and a Twenty20 International.

Team Bangladesh: Mushfiqur Rahim (capt), Mohammad Mahmudullah, Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Marshall Ayub, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain.

Team New Zealand: Brendon McCullum (capt), Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Mark Gillespie, Ish Sodhi, Bruce Martin.

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