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Gilly rescues Australia from humiliation

Gilchrist smashed a timely century as Australia averted a humiliating follow-on before their bowlers ripped through the Bangladeshi top order in their second innings of the first Test.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2006 19:22 IST

Adam Gilchrist smashed a timely century as Australia averted a humiliating follow-on before their bowlers ripped through the Bangladeshi top order in their second innings of the first Test.

Bangladesh, the bottom-ranked Test team, remained in a strong position, however, with a hefty first innings lead of 158 runs after Australia were dismissed for 269 in response to the home side's 427.

But Bangladesh lost some ground to the world's No 1 team after five top-order batsmen departed for only 124 runs in the second innings.

Despite the collapse the home side still hopes to extend their healthy lead of 282 runs with five wickets in hands and two days to spare.

Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, Stuart MacGill and Stuart Clark each took a wicket. Shane Warne, nursing a sore shoulder, went without a wicket.

Lee achieved the first breakthrough by bowling opener Shahriar Nafees for 33. Gillespie struck next dismissing another opener Javed Omar (18) who edged to wicketkeeper Gilchrist.

Captain Habibul Bashar (7) was run out thanks to a brilliant throw by Michael Clarke, while Mohammad Ashraful was trapped lbw by Clark.

Aftab Ahmed (17) was dismissed lbw by MacGill. Gilchrist's 144 runs off 212 balls — his 16th Test century and first in 12 months — saved the world champions from having to bat back-to-back innings against much lower-ranked Bangladesh.

The wicketkeeper-batsman's 297-minute innings included 14 boundaries and six sixes before he became Rafique's fifth wicket when he lofted a delivery to Shahadat Hossain at deep midwicket.

Australia resumed play on Tuesday on 145 for six, and lost Lee early after he had added just two runs to his overnight 13.

Gillespie and Gilchrist took Australia to 226 for seven at lunch, before Gillespie was removed by Rafique for 26 just after the break.

Stuart Clark and MacGill followed and were also dismissed by Rafique, who returned figures of 5 for 62 in 32.2 overs — the fourth time he has achieved such a feat.

Rafique has proven to be Bangladesh's key bowler, taking the vital wickets of Michael Hussey (23) and Damien Martyn (4) on Monday.

Gilchrist played with great determination after Australia suffered a dramatic collapse losing six top-order batsmen for just 93. He shared a valuable seventh-wicket stand with Lee (15) and an eighth wicket 70-run partnership with Gillespie.

Scoreboard:

Bangladesh 1st Innings: 427, Australia 1st Innings:(Overnight: 145-6) 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 c Hossain b rafique 144, Shane Warne c Mashud b Haque 6, Brett Lee lbw Mortaza 15, Jason Gillespie b Rafique 26, Stuart Clark lbw Rafique 0, Stuart MacGill not out 0, Extras: (lb-4, nb-1) 5, Total: (for all out in 95.2 overs) 269.

Fall of wickets: 1-6, 2-43, 3-50, 4-61, 5-79, 6-93, 7-156, 8-229, 9-268.

Bowling: Mashrafee Bin Mortaza 22-3-56-2, Shahadat Hossain 14-2-48-1, Mohammad Rafique 32.2-9-62-5, Enamul Haque 25-4-83-2, Mohammad Ashraful 1-0-11-0, Rajin Saleh 1-0-5-0.

Bangladesh 2nd Innings: Javed Omar c Gilchrist b Gilespie 18, Shahriar Nafees b Lee 33, Habibul Bashar run out 7, Rajin Saleh not out 29, Mohammad Ashraful lbw Clark 4, Aftab Ahmed lbw MacGill 17, Khaled Mashud not out 0, Extras: (lb-6, b-6, nb-4) 16, Total: (for five wickets in 41 overs) 124.

Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-58, 3-66, 4-77, 5-124

Bowling: Brett Lee 8-0-47-1, Jason Gilespie 7-1-15-1, Stuart MacGill 13-4-30-1, Stuart Clark 4-2-8-1, Shane Warne 8-2-11-0, Michael Clarke 1-1-0-0.

Umpires: Nadeem Ghauri (Pakistan), and Aleem Dar (Pakistan). TV Umpire: AFM Akhtar Uddin (Bangladesh). Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand).