Bangladesh rocks Australia in first Test
Australia reached 145-6 in reply to Bangladesh's first innings score of 427 at stumps on the second day's play on Monday.india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 18:47 IST
Adam Gilchrist fought back with a gritty half-century on Monday after an embarrassing top-order collapse left Australia struggling at 145 for six wickets on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh.
Australia, who are 282 runs behind Bangladesh's impressive first innings total of 427, will be hoping vice-captain Gilchrist can remain at the crease to help the visitors score the 82 runs still needed to avoid the follow-on at Fatullah Osmani Stadium.
Gilchrist smashed seven boundaries and two sixes for his unbeaten 51 from 74 balls. He shared an unbeaten 52-run stand with Brett Lee, who was not out on 13 at stumps.
His gritty innings helped stem a dramatic batting collapse on Monday, after Bangladesh grabbed three early wickets to leave the world's No 1 Test team struggling on 50 for three wickets at the tea break.
The final session saw the fall of another three vital wickets as spinning duo Mohammad Rafique and Enamul Haque relished a pitch that helped balls keep low and turning.
Rafique and Haque grabbed two wickets apiece, while pacemen Mashrafee Bin Mortaza and Shahadat each took one wicket.
Top-order batsmen Matthew Hayden (6), Ricky Ponting (21) and Damien Martyn (4) all went cheaply. Martyn was bowled by Rafique with just two balls to go before the tea break, and later dismissed Michael Hussey for 23.
Haque removed Michael Clarke (19) and Shane Warne (6). Clarke was bowled, while Warne edged a turning ball into the gloves of Khaled Mashud.
Mortaza struck the first blow dismissing opener Hayden in his second over. Ponting was out lbw to paceman Hossain. Earlier, Stuart MacGill tore through Bangladesh's lower order to notch a career-best 8-108.
MacGill snared all remaining five wickets after Bangladesh resumed on 355 for five. He took three wickets on Sunday. MacGill struck after Rajin Saleh hammered his fifth test half-century to take Bangladesh to 413-6 at lunch Monday.
The home side lost its last four wickets only for 11 runs. MacGill took the responsibility in the absence of Shane Warne who was not available because of a shoulder injury he suffered on Sunday.
On Sunday opener Shahriar Nafees smashed 138 from 189 balls for his maiden test century as Bangladesh piled up 355 runs for the loss of five wickets on the opening day.
Bangladesh 1st Innings:(Overnight: 355-5) Javed Omar lbw Gillespie 27, Shahriar Nafees b MacGill 138, Habibul Bashar c Lee b MacGill 76, Rajin Saleh c sub b MacGill 67, Mohammad Ashraful lbw Gillespie 29, Aftab Ahmed c Hayden b MacGill 29, Khaled Mashud st Gilchrist b MacGill 17, Mohammad Rafique b MacGill 6, Mashrafee Bin Mortaza lbw MacGill 6, Shahadat Hossain not out 3, Enamul Haque c Hayden b MacGill 0, Extras: (lb-16, w-2, nb-11) 29, Total: (for all out in 123.3 overs) 427.
Fall of wickets: 1-51, 2-238, 3-265, 4-295, 5-351, 6-398, 7-416, 8-418, 9-424.
Bowling: Brett Lee 19-5-68-0, Stuart Clark 25-4-69-0, Jason Gillespie 23-7-47-2, Shane Warne 20-1-112-0, Stuart MacGill 33.3-2-108-8, Michael Clarke 3-0-7-0.
Australia, 1st Innings: Matthew Hayden lbw Mortaza 6, Michael Hussey b Rafique 23, Ricky Ponting lbw Hossain 21, Damien Martyn b Rafique 4, Michael Clarke b Haque 19, Adam Gilchrist not out 51, Shane Warne c Mashud b Haque 6, Brett Lee not out 13, Extras: (lb-2) 2, Total: (for six wickets in 52 overs) 145.
Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-43, 3-50, 4-61, 5-79, 6-93.
Bowling: Mashrafee Bin Mortaza 15-2-41-1, Shahadat Hossain 10-2-33-1, Mohammad Rafique 17-5-40-2, Enamul Haque 9-3-18-2, Mohammad Ashraful 1-0-11-0.
Umpires: Nadeem Ghauri (Pakistan), and Aleem Dar (Pakistan). TV Umpire: AFM Akhtar Uddin (Bangladesh). Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand).