June 27, 2003

Bangladesh face batting test to get on top in tour opener

Day 1 Close Bangladesh 86 for 3 trail Queensland Academy of Sport Invitation 201 (Caseldine 92, Hopes 53) by 115 runs

Bangladesh finished their first day of cricket in Australia evenly-placed at stumps. They dismissed the Queensland Academy of Sport Invitation side for 201 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane, and ended with a flourish, the last two balls being hit for a four and a six, closing on 86 for 3 - a deficit of 115 runs.

However, the incumbent batsmen Mohammad Ashraful (33) and Rokon Al Sahariar (4), face the task of ensuring their side gain an appreciable first innings lead if they are to have a chance of a victory in this match which is part of the build-up to their forthcoming Test matches against Australia.

When Bangladesh began their innings Javed Omar struggled against Damien MacKenzie and James Hopes, facing 37 balls before he was dismissed for a duck, caught in the gully by Craig Philipson off Hopes attempting a cut (23 for 1). Bowling his sixth over, Hopes had still not conceded his first run. Then off the last ball of the next over, Hannan Sarker, who had raced along to 19 was bowled by Steve Magoffin (27 for 2).

The match may be a non-first-class fixture but six of the Queensland side have played first-class cricket, while Nathan Hauritz is an international. Both sides are playing 12 players in the match, with one batsman being replaced by a bowler at the change of innings.

Bangladesh made good use of winning the toss and Tapash Baisya took two quick wickets to leave Queensland AIS struggling on 6 for 2. He claimed a third with the score on 10, bowling Aaron Nye for 3.

Lee Carseldine held the top-order together during a 100-run stand with Hopes, although it nearly came unstuck when Hopes was dropped at forward square-leg off Anwar Hossain when the score was 33. Hopes eventually fell for 53 (110 for 4), but Carseldine continued in an increasingly dominant manner. He had reached 92 when he was caught by Baisya off Khaled Mahmud's right-arm medium pace (165 for 5). Carseldine hit 15 boundaries and a six in his 115-ball innings. The Queenslanders were in trouble immediately when Philipson was run out for 5 two balls later (165 for 6).

It was left to Chris Hartley to shepherd the lower-order through to 200 with his 20, off 43 balls, being only the third double-digit score of the innings.

Baisya had good reward for tidy bowling during the day, taking 3 for 33 from his 14 overs while Mahmud took 2 for 34 from 12 overs.