April 10, 2006

More Brilliance from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh continued their domination of Australia on the second day snaring six Aussie wickets for only 145. That they held a complete sway over the batsmen is clear from the fact that Australia took all of 52 overs to score these 145 runs. The run rate of 2.78 is a rarity for the aggressive Aussie batsmen on the worst of days.

Match maintained its unreal posture till Australia were reeling at 93/6. The the inevitable Australian comeback started, this time with out-of-form Gilchrist. Still Australia have much to do in this match. They still require 83 runs to avoid the follow-on.

It is too early and probably foolish to make any predictions. Nevertheless let me do just that. Conceding the very real possibility that Australia will end up winning this one, one has to say Bangladesh have a great chance to stage arguably the greatest upset in test cricket history. They will first need to take the remaining four wickets quickly. Most important thing will be how they bat in the second innings. That may very well determine this game. If they can get a sizeable lead and add substantially to it, they are in business. Australia will struggle under pressure against spin in the last innings (I think even if they have a chance Bangladesh should not enforce the follow-on).

I will keep my fingers crossed!


At 11:42 PM, April 10, 2006, Blogger Raghav Kulkarni said...

great to see aussies getting crushed

its still an illusion that
b'desh is winning.

i concur with u that b'desh should not
enforce the follow on.

- raghav


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