April 10, 2006

Remarkable Performance by Bangladesh.

Probably not even many cricket fans know that Australia is touring Bangladesh right now. Well, they are. Ricky Ponting is even presenting his hitherto unseen humble and nice self.

However, none of that would have prompted me to blog. What in fact prompted me was the brilliant batting by Bangladesh on the first day of the first test. They actually ended the day at 355/5 in 88 overs. 355 runs in a day! They lost only five wickets and scored at more than 4 per over. Mind you, Australia is playing their full strength. Only McGrath is missing. But then he has been missing a lot lately. You will never believe Warne's figures: 20-1-112-0 (5.6)!! I was following the initial half of the day on Cricinfo and I could not believe what I was seeing. They maintained a run rate of more than 5 for a long time. When the second wicket fell, the score was 238 in 50 overs!

Kudos to Shahriar Nafees for a brilliant hundred (138) and Habibul Bashar for an equally brilliant 76. Their 187-run stand is the highest ever in tests for Bangladesh.

Latest Update: Bangladesh started Day 2 well. They are playing at 379/5 in 100 overs.


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