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Bangladesh in Australia, 2008


Mashrafe and Dhiman guide Bangladesh to victory

20 August 2008

An unbeaten 97 run eighth wicket partnership between wicketkeeper Dhiman Ghosh and pacer Mashrafe Mortaza propelled Bangladesh to their first win on the Australia tour. They led the rescue after Bangladesh were struggling at 191 for 7 and guided the tourists home with 31 balls to spare.

Earlier, Bangladesh won the toss for the second successive game and invited AIS to bat first. Despite a disciplined bowling performance, AIS amassed competitive 284 for 8 in the stipulated 50 overs. Michael Hill (59)top scored for the hosts and Shahadat Hossain was the pick of the Bangladesh attack with 3 wickets for 64 runs.

In reply, Bangladesh started poorly as wickets fell at regular interval. The match looked well over for the tourists at the halfway mark as the middle order crumbled under pressure and AIS were in firm control to secure two win in two matches. Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful a quickfire 41 off 27 deliveries but could do little to rescue Bangladesh from the dire situation.

The late brilliant partnership between Mashrafe and Dhiman saved the day for Bangladesh and they now level the 4 match warm up series 1-1 with two matches to play. Both Dhiman and Mashrafe remained unbeaten on 56.

The third game between Bangladesh and the AIS at the Gardens Oval takes place on Saturday.


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