Gillespie ton shocks Bangladesh
Gillespie's knock helped the tourists amass 364-3 in reply to Bangladesh's paltry 197.india Updated: Apr 18, 2006 16:13 IST
Jason Gillespie was the unlikely hero with the bat for Australia on Tuesday, striking a maiden Test century as the visitors took control of the second Test against Bangladesh.
Six days after narrowly avoiding a humiliating defeat by the Test minnows, normal service was resumed for the world's best side with Gillespie unbeaten on 102 alongside Mike Hussey on 93 at tea on the third day.
Gillespie's knock, which began when he came in as night-watchman towards the end of the opening day's play, helped the tourists amass 364-3 in reply to Bangladesh's paltry 197.
The Australians, already 167 runs ahead with seven wickets in hand, looked keen to ensure that they did not have to bat a second time in the match, the final game in the series.
Gillespie made the most of his promotion in the batting order, smashing 17 fours during his 300-ball knock to improve his Test best of 54 not out against New Zealand at Brisbane in 2004.
He brought up his unlikely but well-deserved ton in style by driving left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak for a four through the covers just before the tea break.
His partner Hussey helped himself to some easy runs against a pedestrian bowling attack, hitting 14 fours off 120 balls, and putting on 154 runs for the unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Gillespie.
Gillespie played through the rain on Monday when only 22.4 overs could be bowled.
Resuming on 28 in a team score of 151-2, he dropped anchor at one end with overnight partner Ricky Ponting hitting out confidently at the other.
Skipper Ponting, 19 overnight, scored 52 off 92 balls with four fours and a pulled six over the square-leg fence off paceman Shahadat Hossain, before he was run out.
Gillespie sent his captain back after playing the ball towards gully and a direct throw from Razzak at the bowler's end had Ponting stranded in no-man's land.
Gillespie and Ponting, who made an unbeaten 118 in the second innings to guide his team to a three-wicket win in the opening Test in Fatullah, put on 90 runs for the third-wicket.