Sunday, April 21, 2019
Updated: Thursday, July 03, 2003
Innes ton puts CBCA in a strong position

Amit Shukla
In the second warm-up match for the Bangladeshis in Alan Border field at Brisbane, the Commonwealth bank of cricket academy decided to bat after they had won the toss. CBCA were off to a shaky start losing opener SW Meulman bowled by Masri in the second over itself with the score reading just 2.

Aziz, a young medium-pacer who has been trying hard to get into the final eleven squad of Bangladesh, took the second wicket of the CBCA captain, AJ Nye to have the hosts reeling in at 20/2 in the 11th over. Tareq Aziz is yet to play a test match for Bangladesh and he is hoping to be included in the squad for the first test. The rescue act for the hosts was done by Matthew Innes, a left handed batsmen for Victoria. He along with Rhett Lockyear, put on a massive 180 run stand for the third wicket. This partnership frustrated the Bangladeshis and to some extent, even took the game away from them. Matthew Innes hit a splendid innings 128 off 200 balls(17x4, 2x6). Rhett Lockyear was unlucky to miss a century but he still hit a fine innings of 90 off 183 balls(10x4, 3x6). After Lockyear went out, CJ Ferguson chipped in with 18. On reaching 258/3 off 76 overs, the home side made a sporting declaration leaving the Bangladeshi batsmen to play for little over an hour.

Bangladesh, this time, luckily did not loose too many wickets and finished the day at 53/1, still 205 runs behind CBCAs total of 258/3. Javed Omar Belim Golla was the only man to get out, and he got out for a total of just 8 off 23 balls. He also hit a 37 ball duck in the first innings of the previous match. He shared a 27 run partnership with Hannan Sarkar before getting out. Surprisingly, Hannan Sarkar found a bit of his form and one can only hope that his form continues for the tougher matches ahead. Hannan hit a 66 ball 32(6x4) and he is still at the crease, along with Habibul Bashar Sumon, who is not out on 13 off 25 balls(2x4)

For tommorow, one can only hope for the Bangladeshi batsmen not to loose their cool and also their target for tommorow would be to knock over the deficit to salvage some pride. On top of that, the Bangladeshi batsmen have to show to the world what they are capable of and for that, tommorow is their best chance to perform against the youngsters of CBCA. Lets hope that our batsmen manage to hit 258 atleast. Kapali is going to be the man to watch out for tommorow, as he would be wanting to hit another 50. So all we can do is to wish our team all the best for this match.