Monday, December 10, 2018
Updated: Saturday, July 05, 2003
Bangladesh beats CBCA in 2nd Practice Match

Mahmood Rejwan
Before facing the world champions, Bangladesh has boosted their confidence and spirit with a surprise win against the Commonwealth Bank Cricket Academy of Australia. On the last day of the three-day match, Bangladeshi crickets showed improved performance to win the match by 2 wickets. This win in the Allen Border Field of Brisbane is significant as it shows improvement.

Starting to chase 230 runs to win, Bangladesh faced another opening disaster. First innings stars, Javed Omar and Habibul Bashar, returned to the pavilion scoring only 14 and 17 runs. Hannan fought a little with 23, while Sanwar came and left scoring just 1. Win was still a long road away. However, the young prodigy, Mohammad Ashraful played a splendid innings that made the win possibility become reality. Playing 105 balls, Ashraful scored 61 runs with 2 sixes and 8 fours before he was caught by Ronchi in Magoffin?s bowling. Ashraful?s batting inspired the Bangladeshis as Alok Kapali scored 44, former Captain Khaled Masud Pilot scored 28. Finally, skipper Khaled Mahmud Sujan scored captain?s knock 28 not out to reach the glorious win for Bangladesh.

Earlier, CBCA started the day with 99/4 from previous day and declared at 203/4. Aaron Nye and Colme Farguson added 131 runs in the 4th wicket partnership. Nye scored 89 runs in 127 balls with 10 fours and 3 sixes. Farguson was unbeaten at 48.

Masrafi took 2 wickets giving 31 runs, while Tarek Aziz gave 52 runs and Mohammad Rafiq gave 21 runs to take one wicket each.

The next practice match is a four-day game against the Chief Minister's XI which will start Thursday.