July 25, 2003

Bangladesh vs. Australia - 2nd Test

Bangladesh build respectable total at Cairns after surviving two potentially debilitating collapses.

At close of first day's play:
Bangladesh 289 for 8 (Sarkar 76, Bashar 46, Hossain 46; MacGill 5-77).

Australia takes on charge and cruises on nicely in the second day.

At close of second day's play:
Bangladesh 295, Australia 351/3 (Lehmann 156*, Waugh 74*, 85 overs).

Australia went on to put a mammoth total with 3 centuries and declared at 556/4 after Tea on the third day. To save the day Bangladesh needed to stay for 35 overs. Hannan Sarker & Habibul Bashar did well upto 29th over and Bangladesh was 87/1 at that point. Then a collapse put Bangladesh's score to 90/4; 3 wickets were down within 7 balls. The day ended with Bangladesh's 106/4 on the board.

At close of third day's play:
Australia 556/4 decl. (Lehmann 177, Waugh 156*, Love 100*, 139.2 overs)
Bangladesh 106/4 (Sarker 55, Bashar 25, 35 overs).


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