June 29, 2003

Bangladesh beaten by 29 runs in tour opener

Day 3 Queensland Academy of Sport Invitation 201 and 176 (Payne 52, Kapali 4-27) beat Bangladesh 203 for 9 dec (Kapali 55, Hopes 4-35) and 145 (Sarker 33, Bashar33, MacKenzie 3-28) by 29 runs

Bangladesh were given a look at what their next month is going to be like when they were beaten within three days by the Queensland Academy of Sport Invitation side at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

The margin was 29 runs, as Bangladesh sought to score 175 for victory, but had five chances been held, two of them off successive Damien MacKenzie deliveries, the end would have come much sooner. Earlier in the day, Bangladesh dismissed the Invitation side after they had added 23 runs to their overnight score.

Bangladesh were in trouble right from the start, with Javed Omar completing a pair by giving a return catch to James Hopes. Habibul Bashar joined Hannan Sarker and saw the score through to 42 before Bashar was caught by Nathan Hauritz to give MacKenzie his first wicket of three.

Sarker offered much more resistance, spending 155 minutes at the crease before he was the fifth wicket to fall, also for 33, when Bangladesh were only just over halfway to their target. Hesitant and indecisive calling did not help the nervous Bangladeshis in their bid for success as singles went a begging.

Alok Kapali had added 45 runs with Sarkar for the fifth wicket, but no sooner was Sarkar out than Kapali followed him to the pavilion for 27. It was left to Khaled Mashud, who had earlier taken six catches in the Queensland Invitation innings, to try and stem the inevitable. Mashud battled for 85 minutes while scoring his 24 runs, but once he was out, it was all but over. Hopes took 2 for 25 from his 15 overs while Chris Simpson polished off the lower-order with 2 for 15 from his 7.5 overs.

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