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Oz chase win after bowlers hit back

Hayden and Pointing hit half centuries to put Australia in sight of victory before suffering a mini-collapse on the fourth day of the first Test.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 18:20 IST

Opener Matthew Hayden and captain Ricky Pointing hit half centuries on Wednesday to put Australia in sight of victory before suffering a mini-collapse against Bangladesh on the fourth day of the first Test.

Top-ranked Australia require another 95 runs with six wickets remaining to avoid a major upset at the hands of cricket's bottom ranked Test playing nation.

The visitors resume on the final day's play at 212 for four on a deteriorating Fatullah Osmani Stadium wicket with Ponting on 72 and Adam Gilchrist 6.

A win for Australia is no certainty after it lost three wickets after tea for 141 runs in 46.3 overs.

Hayden hit 72 off 152 balls before being run out by Enamul Haque, who got a direct hit from mid-on off a Shahadat Hossain delivery.

His 273 minutes at the crease included eight boundaries and a six, and produced a 109-run second-wicket partnership with Ponting.

Spinner Mohammad Rafique then bowled out Damien Martyn (7), and had Michael Clarke (9) caught behind by Khaled Mashud.

Bangladesh's breakthrough came shortly after lunch when spinner Haque bowled opener Michael Hussey for 37. Hussey dragged the ball onto the stumps while attempting a sweep shot, ending his patient 79-ball knock that included four boundaries.

Earlier, Shane Warne and Jason Gillespie shared five wickets for just 24 runs as Australia dismissed Bangladesh for 148 in its second innings and secured an achievable victory target. Australia cautiously chased its run target on a slow and turning pitch and looked comfortable at 114-1 at tea.

Resuming at the overnight score of 124-5, Bangladesh lost its last five wickets in the first nine overs of the day. Bangladesh still managed to set Australia a challenging victory target of 307 thanks to its hefty 158-run first innings lead. Gillespie struck the day's first blow, bowling overnight batsman Mashud for a duck, and went on to dismiss the other overnight batsman, Rajin Saleh, for 33.

Warne, searching for his first wicket in the match, trapped Rafique lbw for 14 before bowling Mashrafee Bin Mortaza for a duck the following ball.

Warne also removed Haque for a duck, raising his tally to three dismissals for 28 runs in the second innings.

Bangladesh opened the match in style with a massive first innings total of 427, opener Shahriar Nafees smashing his maiden century. The visitors answered with 269 and avoided the embarrassment of the follow on thanks to a brilliant 144 by Gilchrist.

Scoreboard:

Bangladesh 1st innings :
427. Australia 1st innings: 269.
Bangladesh 2nd innings:(overnight 124-5) Javed Omar c Gilchrist b Gillespie 18, Shahriar Nafees b Lee 33, Habibul Bashar run out 7, Rajin Saleh c Hayden b Gillespie 33, Mohammad Ashraful lbw Clark 4, Aftab Ahmed lbw MacGill 17, Khaled Mashud b Gillespie 0, Mohammad Rafique lbw Warne 14, Mashrafe Mortaza b Warne 0, Shahadat Hossain not out 1, Enamul Haque lbw Warne 0, Extras (b-10, lb-7, nb-4) 21, Total: (all out in 50 overs) 148.

Fall of wkts: 1-48, 2-58, 3-66, 4-77, 5-124, 6-128, 7-147, 8-147, 9-147

Bowling: Lee 8-0-47-1, Gillespie 11-4-18-3, MacGill 13-4-30-1, Clark 4-2-8-1, Warne 13-4-28-3, Clarke 1-1-0-0.

Australia, 2nd Innings: Matthew Hayden run out 72, Michael Hussey b Haque 37, Ricky Ponting not out 72, Damien Martyn b Rafique 7, Michael Clarke c Mashud b Rafique 9, Adam Gilchrist not out 6, Extras: (b-4, lb-4, nb-1) 9, Total: (for four wickets in 74 overs) 212.

Fall wickets: 1-64, 2-173, 3-183, 4-205.

Bowling: Mashrafee Bin Mortaza 13-4-27-0, Shahadat Hossain 15-5-48-0, Mohammad Rafique 25-3-68-2, Enamul Haque 21-4-61-1.