Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Updated: Friday, July 25, 2003
Tables turned on Day one

Tehsin Ali
Bangladesh enjoyed their best day of batting (even surpassing the 239/6 on way to 400 against India in our Test debut) in their short cricket history. It was all the more significant because the 289 for 8 on the first day came against the best bowling line up in the world. Media predicted a carnage with Lee relishing the fast wicket at Cairns. However, Cairns' first day as Test cricket's newest venue featured a new look Bangladesh side that literally took the match to the mighty Aussies.

Match Scorecard

Winning the toss, Steve Waugh showed his intentions by asking Bangladesh to bat first. It was supposed to be a massacre from the beginning but it turned out to be a good start for Bangladesh. Javed and Hannan post a defiant 47 run partnership to give the innings a boost. Javed's departure brought our most prolific batsman Sumon into the mix and he took the score to 155 for 1 with Hannan. Pity, he could not post another 50.

As always, a middle order collapse saw Hannan, Sumon, Ashraful, and Kapali out within 15 runs and everything was back to normal, or so it seemed. This is where the real fight begin. Two of our most experienced cricketers, Pilot and Sanwar boldly took the score past 230 on way to putting up a 60 run partnership. Sanwar showed some character during this innings. "He was smacked in the left shoulder by a sharp lifter from Lee early but instead of being softened up, he brazenly responded with three smoking boundaries (two cuts and a square drive) in one over off the same bowler." (Fox Sports)

Sanwar was finally undone by MacGill and he was followed by Shujon in the next ball to put MacGill on a hatrick - but he next ball only saw an appeal being turned down. Taposh took heart from that appeal and went on to remain unbeaten for a sedate 20. Pilot, on the other end was going along smoothly towards a well deserved 50 but fell short by 6 runs giving an easy catch to Stuart Love off Gillispie.

Tommorrow brings a new day with hopes that Tapash and Masri will be able to take te tiger's past 300 and then turn the table on the Aussies. This should be a disturbing situation for the Aussie with a whole lot at stake. They are after all, the best test team in the world. Hopefully, our bowlers wil be able to use the green to their advantage and the part-time spinners will learn a few tricks from McGill (5 for 77). It's definitely going to be an interesting second day.

Some match facts:

- Hannan scored his career best test score of 76 from 134 balls.

- The opening stand of 47 between Javed (26) and Hannan (76) was the third highest first-wicket partnership for Bangladesh

- The second wicket stand of 108 between Hannan (76) and Habibul (46) was the sixth time the Bangladeshis have posted a century stand in Tests.

- Pilot (44) and Tapash (20 not out) put up a record eighth wicket partnership (51 runs) for Bangladesh.

- Three players came close to fifty - Sumon (46), Sanwar (46), and Pilot (44).

- There were two debut. Anwar Hossain Munir debuted for Bangladesh and Cairns became the 90th Test Venue.

- A crowd of 5248 showed up for the match.