30 December 2008
Mohammad Ashraful made half-century after 19 Test innings to lead Bangladesh's fight back on the 4th day of the first Test in Mirpur today. Bangladesh finished the day on 254 for 5 after Sri Lanka set an improbable 521 run victory target, still needing another 267 runs with the remaining 5 wickets.
Bangladesh faces a daunting task on the 5th day to survive in the Test as the second new ball is available after 2 overs and the Tigers have only Mushfiqur Rahim before the tail could be exposed. Ashraful (70*) and Shakib (34*) shared an unbeaten 74 run 6th wicket partnership after the top order failed to capitalize on their starts and threw their wicket away in typical fashion.
Bangladesh's first target tomorrow will be to survive the first session and record their highest 4th innings total against any opposition. Bangladesh need only 32 more runs to get past their previous best 285/5 against Zimbabwe in January 2005.