18 August 2008
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal hammered a 45 ball 85 but could not prevent Bangladesh loss as the tourists fell 14 run short in the first practice match against Australian Institute of Sports (AIS) at the Gardens Oval in Darwin on Monday.
After winning the toss Bangladesh opted to field first, but could not capitalize on toss decision as AIS posted a massive 331 runs in the stipulated 50 overs. Bangladesh were well placed for an unlikely run chase after the initial Tamim blast as they cruised to 212 for 2 wickets. A middle order collapse moved the balance of the match as Bangladesh loset 5 wickets for 41 runs.
A fighting partnership between Razzak (33 off 19) and Farhad Reza (30 off 36) moved Bangladesh closer but they failed to score the required 15 runs in the final over of the match as the valiant attempt by last batsman Shahadat Hossain could only reach as far as mid on.
Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful scored 71 runs off 59 balls while Raqibul added 34 runs for the tourists.
The next practice match against the same opponent is on Wednesday.