What could have been a great reply in the second innings, turned into a complete
chaos as another familiar collapse saw 3 wickets fall for 3 runs within 7 balls
- this, with only 5 overs left in the day. So much for putting a price on every
wicket. The visitors limped to 106 for 4 after 35 overs at close of play with
Sanwar (6) and Kapali (10) keeping the faint hope alive.
Bangladesh were going along smoothly towards to close of play with Sumon and
Hannan enjoying the batting friendly wicket. Hannan was the first to go. After
completing his back to back fifty against the Aussies, Hannan went for an ill-attempted
skier with only 6 overs to go for the day. Before his life ended (Hannan c Hayden
b MacGill 55-104b 8x4), Hannan posted his third 50+ partnership in a row with
Sumon. This time, they recovered the team from 12 for 1 to 87 for 1. The 75
run partnership follows a 108 runs in the first innings and 81 runs in the second
innings of the first test.
What followed was another familiar collapse with Ash getting his pair (another
lbw, or was it a catch to Lehmann at silly point?) and Sumon simply giving in
to the inevitable. One thinks, Pilot could have been a better option than Ashraful
with only six overs to go and when keeping the wickets were of utmost importance.
But the truth is, out batsmen have made it a habit and without a collapse, none
of our innings would be complete.
From 87 for 1, the team sunk to 90 for 4. But first innings hero Sanwar and
Alok 'I got to prove myself' Kapali spent some anxious moments before stumps
were called. With the score reading 106 for 4, Bangladesh still has to score
15 runs to avoid an innings defeat and there isn't much of a fight left in the
remainder of the batsmen. Only some determined half centuries from the likes
of Sanwar, Pilot and Kapali can stop an innings defeat.
Earlier, Steve Waugh and Martin Love both scored unbeaten centuries to allow
the host a commendable 261 runs lead. Waugh scored his 32nd career hundred to
post 156 not out and declared the innings as soon as Love reached his maiden
hundred (100*). They took the score to 556 for 4 declared. Lehmaan added 21
runs to his overnight score to reach 177.