ICC World Cup - 29th match, Super Eights

Australia v Bangladesh

Australia won by 10 wickets (with 49 balls remaining)

So the wait is finally over. Tamim Iqbal and Shahriar Nafees make their way to the middle. Nathan Bracken is all set with the new ball. The patient few who have turned up are finally ready for the first ball. Here we go ...

Toss Ricky Ponting has won the toss and decided to field. He reckons there is a bit of moisture in the pitch that will help his bowlers. A bit! Habibul Bashar feels that 180 will be a good score on this pitch. Now that is going to need one batsman to simply smoke it.

Teams Australia unchanged. Bangladesh made one late change: Tapash Baisya the veteran right-arm medium-pacer comes in for Syed Rasel.

Australia: 1 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Andrew Symonds, 6 Mike Hussey, 7 Shane Watson, 8 Brad Hogg, 9 Nathan Bracken, 10 Glenn McGrath, 11 Shaun Tait.

Bangladesh: 1 Shahriar Nafees, 2 Tamim Iqbal, 3 Saqibul Hasan, 4 Aftab Ahmed, 5 Habibul Bashar (capt), 6 Mohammad Ashraful, 7 Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), 8 Abdul Razzak, 9 Mohammad Rafique, 10 Mashrafee Mortaza, 11 Tapash Baisya.

Our statsguru HR Gopalakrishna informs me that this will be Ponting's 16th World Cup game as captain and he equals Allan Border's Australian record for the same. He is yet to lose a World Cup match as captain. Mohammad Azharuddin holds the record for captaining in most World Cup games (23).

It's official. Toss at 2pm local time (18 GMT) and start at 2:30pm (18:30 GMT). It's a 22 overs a side game. Only two bowlers can bowl five overs. Power Plays for the first nine overs. If Col. Frank Slade was around, he would have let out one mighty "Hoo-Ah!"

Update The umpires have decided to have another inspection at 1:20pm (17:20 GMT). The Australians are warming up on the field and play is expected to start at 2pm (18:00 GMT).

Nick has an idea: "I notice there are a heap of Aussies at the ground. Just tell 'em the reason for the dampness is the nearby brewery leaking into the groundwater - they'll have the outfield sucked dry in no time"

David Lane writes: "David Gower seems to be getting his info from this site as he just quoted Andrew's maths without mentioning the source!" In which case Hello Mr Gower ...

Dan: " I cant remember the last time cricket BORED me so much, and I had the unfortunate pleasure of watching a certain Geoffrey Boycott bat." Did you wait in the rain for Sir Geoffrey to bat, Dan? Now, that would have taken some passion.

Damo from Sweden: "How 'bout we crack out a few lines of Kumbayah and light a few fires to dry the outfield?" Yes, how 'bout?

Some good news now: "The sun's out, the wind's out, we are coming back out every half hour," says umpire Billy Bowden. "We are positive we can get a game in." 2:47pm (18:47 GMT) start is the latest to get 20 overs each in. Next inspection at 12.45 (16:45 GMT)

Kanet writes in: If I have a shower I get a little damp... then I dry myself with things that absorbs water, is this a new thing or should I throw a patent on it and make a fortune?"

Colin Richards puts in his two pence: "The old Bourda ground used to attract fish on the outfield. Whilst this is obviously not bad enough could anyone trig for shellfish. Its an easter traditional here in the Southwest."

K emails in: "Help me reason dis, rain fall last nite, rite? Wha happen, not enough saucepan in Antigua fuh ketch di watah???"

And then there's good old Fudz, from Australia: "Oh man! What an awesome game!! It had thrills! Spills! Controversy! I am of course referring to the Manchester United vs Blackburn game that just finished; 4-1 to United. Highlights available on YouTube. Farout, this game hasnt started? Hope you boys doing the commentary have got some good EPL coverage, Chelsea about to take on Watford!"

Anthony writes in with a suggestion: "ICC - note to self RE: 2011 World Cup. Add to items required to hold a World Cup - sponges"

There's a boggy area by the edge of the square as well, apparently. The outfield has improved a bit. Another inspection at noon (16:00 GMT). Andrew adds: "This is looking like a farce in the making." That reminds me of Karl Marx, who once famously said: "History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." Completely unconnected but such is the mood.

Andrew has decided to spend his time doing some arithmetic: "Some bloke has just appeared with piece of sponge, a square metre's worth at most, and is treading futilely on it. Now he's wringing it out on the boundary's edge. If that little exercise has taken him, say, four minutes, to cover the remaining 16,000 square metres will take him approximately 1066 hours, or 44 days."

As you can clearly see, both of us are highly bored. Please let us know your thoughts here

More from Andrew: "We'll get another update at 11am local time (15:00 GMT). The bloke with roller has appeared at last. But after randomly ironing a fairly dry patch of grass, he's retreated to the boundary's edge and completely ignored the offending quagmire. Maybe he's afraid he'll fall in. The damp patches are still too damp for an immediate start. The sponsorship logos are being nailed onto the outfield though, so someone somewhere thinks a game must be imminent. Some bloke has appeared with a tape measure. Is he thinking of bringing the boundaries in, I wonder?"

Bangladesh won't be too impressed if that was to happen (they have a slew of spinners in their side. "Though," as Andrew says, "they won't object too vehemently to an shortened game either."

There's a lot to read on Cricinfo in the mean time: Osman Samiuddin, our Pakistan editor, comments on the aftermath of defeat and the options available in front of a team looking to rebuild. Also, Anand Vasu, our man in Bangalore, pays tribute to Anil Kumble, who announced his one-day retirement yesterday. Read on.

Yet another update: Inspection at 10:15am. The two policemen, sorry umpires, are Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden. One a former legspinner from Lahore and another a jovial eccentric from Auckland.

Another update Andrew has some more information, mostly bad news: "Everything is spick and span and ready for the start, except for two big quagmires on the boundary's edge. The commentators are already speculating about 20 overs a side, because there doesn't seem to be any move to dry these patches up. And seeing as they are the straight boundaries, Bangladesh's spinners won't be too keen to bring the ropes in.

"Meanwhile the Australian fitness trainers are power-walking around the boundary's edge. They've done three laps already in the last five minutes. Boredom inspires the wierdest behaviour." Andrew, we see, is keeping a keen eye on the happenings.

Update: There will be an inspection at 9:30am local time (13:30 GMT). So more on that soon. Andrew 'Father of Bangladesh Cricket' Miller has some information: "There are some very soggy-looking puddles in the outfield at the moment. A bit overcast but blue skies are threatening to come through."

While you get ready for the match, you might want to chew on Andrew's piece on Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh's bowling spearhead.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the Super Eights clash between Australia and Bangladesh at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in North Sound in Antigua. I'm Siddhartha Vaidyanathan and will be taking you through the day's events.

It's a wet day in North Sound and the start is bound to be delayed. There has been some overnight rain and the conditions are wet and gloomy. We will bring you the updates as and when we have them.

There is expected to be an inspection at 9am local time (it's currently 8:40am) and the umpires will then decide on the course of action. Meanwhile you can check out the preview by Andrew Miller.

The outfield is slushy but the groundstaff are doing their bit with the Super Sopper to dry up the main square. The drainage facilities are excellent in most of the new grounds and it shouldn't take too long to dry the grass once the sun is out.

What they said
Habibul Bashar, Bangladesh captain: "We're not finished yet. It is not going to be easy; it will be very tough. But we believe it is not an impossible task. We had a good win against New Zealand, another against India - and we strongly believe that if we play well together on our day we can beat anyone."

Ricky Ponting, Australia's captain: "The cricket you've seen us play the last few weeks would indicate that tomorrow, the way we are going at the moment, that we should be able to play cricket good enough to win this game. That's all we've been focused on the last couple of days."

0.1

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Over the wicket, angling down leg, hint of swing, but that was just a loosener. Tamim tries to flick it but can't make contact. Slight appeal but that was going down leg.

0.2

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Starting from off this time. Again, not much swing. Tamim drives but can't get the timing right. Mistimed to mid-off

0.3

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Slightly wide outside off, back of a length that time. Left alone

0.4

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, no run, 82.1mph, good length this time, starting on off but ball not moving much yet. Tamim drives confidently but straight to Andrew Symonds at cover

0.5

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, This time on middle, fuller and Tamim doesn't hold back, goes for the drive and gets it past the bowler but Brad Hogg dives full length from mid-on and stops it. Keeps the batsmen down to a single

0.6

Bracken to Shahriar Nafees, no run, Back of a length and outside off, not that short but Nafees decides to go. Tries the pull but can't make contact. Bangladesh's openers have the energy about them. No fear, let's go

End of over 1 (1 run) Bangladesh 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
Shahriar Nafees    0* (1b)      NW Bracken    1-0-1-0
Tamim Iqbal    1* (5b)     

Glenn McGrath to share the new ball.

1.1

McGrath to Tamim Iqbal, no run, On the spot straight away. How does he do it? We've wondered that for many years. Left alone by Tamim.

1.2

McGrath to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Oh! Back of a length and probing on off. Tamim pushes his front foot forward and watches as the ball clips the pad and goes through to the wicketkeeper. Caught in two minds there. McGrath thinks of an appeal but stops. Fine ball

1.3

McGrath to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Tamim tries to let loose. Back of a length but he's down the ground straight away. Meets the ball at a good length and lets rip a slash, can't find the gap and straight to cover.

1.4

McGrath to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Hmm. Reckless or audacious? Down the ground again, starts too soon. Swings the bat and can't make contact. It's a good length ball outside off and Tamim missis it by a country mile

1.5

McGrath to Tamim Iqbal, no run, yorker. That was homing in on middle and leg. Tamim digs it out.

1.6

McGrath to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, slightly short from McGrath this time. Tamim gets on the back foot and clips it to the leg side for a quick single. Good start from McGrath

End of over 2 (1 run) Bangladesh 2/0 (RR: 1.00)
Tamim Iqbal    2* (11b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0
Shahriar Nafees    0* (1b)      NW Bracken    1-0-1-0

2.1

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, 1 run, Full ball outside off, Tamim cover-drives but can't pierce the field again, slightly wide of cover and they manage a single

2.2

Bracken to Shahriar Nafees, 1 run, wide of off and back of a length, Shahriar has all the time to stay back and glide it to third man for a single

Gilchrist comes up to the stumps. Tamim charging down too often.

2.3

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, no run, Back of a length, he tries to tip it to the off side and take off for a single. Woudl have been dangerous. Sent back

2.4

Bracken to Tamim Iqbal, OUT, Got 'em. Bracken takes the pace off the ball and drops it at a good length. Tamim on his knees and thinking of the slog sweep. Then he realises it's too wide and decides to go with the slap over the bowler's head. Can't get the timing yet again and only manages a tame catch to Brad Hogg at mid-off. One down.

Tamim Iqbal c Hogg b Bracken 3 (11m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

Aftab Ahmed comes in. Another dasher in this team of dashers. What can he do?

2.5

Bracken to Aftab Ahmed, 3 runs, Fine start, confident push down the ground. Classy start from Aftab. Full ball on off and he's balanced all the way, caressing it down the ground for three. Outfield expectedly slow. Hogg chases it down.

2.6

Bracken to Shahriar Nafees, no run, Short ball and it's Nafees's chance to charge down the wicket. Gilchrist standing back this time. Nafees takes a massive swipe and misses. He seems to be missing his opening partner Tamim.

End of over 3 (5 runs) Bangladesh 7/1 (RR: 2.33)
Shahriar Nafees    1* (3b)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-1
Aftab Ahmed    3* (1b)      GD McGrath    1-0-1-0

3.1

McGrath to Aftab Ahmed, no run, Back of a length and outside off. On the money. Aftab pushes it to cover. Sensible so far but is it just a matter of time?

3.2

McGrath to Aftab Ahmed, 1 run, Straight and back of a length again. That McGrath length. Aftab gets a thick inside edge while trying to defend. The ball trickles to the leg side as they complete a single

3.3

McGrath to Shahriar Nafees, OUT, Touche! 132.3mph. That's No.55 for GD McGrath, equalling Wasim Akram's record for the most World Cup dismissals. Yorker homing in on middle stump. Too quick for Shahriar and was nailed all ends up. Plays all over it and loses his off stump. GD McGrath, take a bow!

Shahriar Nafees b McGrath 1 (15m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Saqibul Hasan enters

3.4

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 wide, Has Halley's comet struck? A wide way down leg side from Mcgrath. Gilchrist dives full length and collects it.

3.4

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Rising bouncer this time. Left alone from Saqibul

3.5

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, yorker length outside off, driven to mid-off

3.6

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, back of a length and on the money. No Halley's comet, after all. Driven off the back foot to cover

End of over 4 (2 runs) Bangladesh 9/2 (RR: 2.25)
Shakib Al Hasan    0* (3b)      GD McGrath    2-0-3-1
Aftab Ahmed    4* (3b)      NW Bracken    2-0-6-1

Shaun Tait comes into the attack. Ponting decides to go all out.

4.1

Tait to Aftab Ahmed, 1 wide, Poor start. 146mph but full and swinging outside leg. Wide called. But he can pose a real threat with his pace

4.1

Tait to Aftab Ahmed, no run, Toe crusher this time. Swinging in from middle and into the block-hole for Aftab. He loses his balance after being hit on his feet. That was a scorcher

4.2

Tait to Aftab Ahmed, FOUR, Take that as a response. Back of a length and again drifting into leg, Aftab whips it in style and it races away behind square for a four. Now that's what I call a retort.

4.3

Tait to Aftab Ahmed, 3 runs, Again, this time full and straight. Aftab swishes it over the infield. The outfield is desperately slow and they can only get three. That deserved more. It's not slogging but all correct cricket.

4.4

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, SIX, Saqibul joins the party. Short and wide outside off, Nafees swings hard, real hard. It flies off the thickish edge and steeples to the third man fence. Bounces on the rope. Maximum

4.5

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Short ball. 152mph. Better directed this time. Saqibul on the back foot and gets behind the line. Drops it close to his body. Good technique there.

4.6

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Full and wide, has a go at it. They are going for them now, they have to. Races to third man for a single

End of over 5 (15 runs) Bangladesh 24/2 (RR: 4.80)
Shakib Al Hasan    7* (6b 1x6)      SW Tait    1-0-15-0
Aftab Ahmed    11* (6b 1x4)      GD McGrath    2-0-3-1

5.1

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Back of a length and straight. Defended confidently back to the bowler.

5.2

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Straighter and drifting down leg, Saqibul flicks it for a single behind square leg

5.3

McGrath to Aftab Ahmed, OUT, Catch! You beauty! Back of a length on off, Aftab down the track and tries to drive over mid-off but can't get the timing. Just like Tamim. It appears to have the elevation to beat mid-off but, Oh, look who's there. Nathan Bracken times his jump perfectly and latches on to the ball while in mid-air. You specy! McGrath becomes the highest wicket-taker in World Cups. Take a bow, again.

Aftab Ahmed c Bracken b McGrath 11 (14m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 157.14

Mohammad Ashraful arrives. This is turning out to be a free-fall. Can Bangladesh stop charging?

5.4

McGrath to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, How cute was that? Good length outside off, Ashraful moves across the off stump, takes a walk almost, and tries to cutely scoop it to fine leg. No timing, no placement. It goes way in the air, before landing just short of a forward running backward square leg. Reckless? You bet

5.5

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, driven straight to cover. Saqibul seems to be playing this sensibly but that's exactly what we said about Aftab and Shahriar.

5.6

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Defended on the back foot towards short midwicket

End of over 6 (2 runs) Bangladesh 26/3 (RR: 4.33)
Shakib Al Hasan    8* (10b 1x6)      GD McGrath    3-0-5-2
Mohammad Ashraful    1* (1b)      SW Tait    1-0-15-0

6.1

Tait to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Full and angling down leg. Ashraful again tries the sweep-paddle-scoop shot. He's come in with a plan but it's proving a bit risky at the moment.

6.1

Tait to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, Straight and full and Ashraful meets it with the full face of the bat. For the first time in his innings. Driven crisply to mid-on. No run, though.

6.2

Tait to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 wide, Tait down leg again. He's not got his direction right. Speedy though. Ashraful swings but can't make contact

6.2

Tait to Mohammad Ashraful, 1 run, Full and outside off, well played by Ashraful, driven wide of mid-off for a quick single.

6.3

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, Seven fielders on the off and Tait bowls it full on leg. Saqib only needs to clip it off his pads for an easy two. That was slightly behind square

6.4

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Quick again, back of a length and outside off, punched off the back foot to cover

6.5

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Wide of off, Saqib gets the room to swish and he goes for it but can't make contact. Tait is racy here. He's bowling at around 150kph, and not mph as I had mentioned earlier. Now that would be unreal.

6.6

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, 2 runs, Short ball, goes for the pull. Ball gets high on him, hits the top part of his bat and drops well wide of Hogg at mid-on. The second run was a tight one but Hogg was wayward with his throw

End of over 7 (7 runs) Bangladesh 33/3 (RR: 4.71)
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (14b 1x6)      SW Tait    2-0-22-0
Mohammad Ashraful    2* (3b)      GD McGrath    3-0-5-2

7.1

McGrath to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, Back of a length, defended off the back foot. Man stationed in the deep for the pull

7.2

McGrath to Mohammad Ashraful, FOUR, Backs away and flays. Good length ball outside off and Ashraful nonchalantly thwacks it over the off-side ring for a four. Good afternoon, Mr McGrath

7.3

McGrath to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, Tries the paddle again but that's too wide of off and too full to go for that. He changes his shot in the last minute and taps it to the off side.

7.4

McGrath to Mohammad Ashraful, no run, full ball, almost yorker length and Ashraful digs it out. Down the ground to mid-on

7.5

McGrath to Mohammad Ashraful, OUT, Goodbye Mr Ashraful. Slow delivery from the master. Good length on off and tempting, very tempting. Ashraful makes room again and tries to clear mid-on but is deceived by the pace. Ball soars high in the air, Ponting back-peddles and takes a well-judged catch. McGrath's spell reads 3.5-0-9-3. Bread and butter for Pidge

Mohammad Ashraful c Ponting b McGrath 6 (11m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

7.6

McGrath to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Full and slow again, nice testing delivery. Saqibul pushes tamely to the cover.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Bangladesh 37/4 (RR: 4.62)
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (15b 1x6)      GD McGrath    4-0-9-3
Habibul Bashar    0* (0b)      SW Tait    2-0-22-0

Shane Watson comes into the attack. Shaun Tait was quick but wayward. Short midwicket in place.

8.1

Watson to Habibul Bashar, no run, Full length on off, Habibul Basher defends it to cover.

8.2

Watson to Habibul Bashar, no run, wide of the stumps this time, Basher goes for a tame cut but can't make contact.

8.3

Watson to Habibul Bashar, no run, full ball on off, tapped to the off side. Good start from Watson

8.4

Watson to Habibul Bashar, 2 runs, Full and slightly slow. 71mph Driven confidently between the cover fielders for a brace

8.5

Watson to Habibul Bashar, no run, Full and swinging in. Basher tries to flick it but it's a bit too quick. Gets an inside edge and goes on to deflect off the pads. Watson gets excited with an appeal but that seemed to hit the bat

8.6

Watson to Habibul Bashar, no run, defended off the front foot, thick inside edge that almost went back onto the stumps. Habibul didn't have much clue about that

End of over 9 (2 runs) Bangladesh 39/4 (RR: 4.33)
Habibul Bashar    2* (6b)      SR Watson    1-0-2-0
Shakib Al Hasan    12* (15b 1x6)      GD McGrath    4-0-9-3

Brad Hogg enters the attack.

9.1

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Full ball on middle, sweeps straight to the fielder at backward square leg

9.2

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, driven off the back foot, straight to cover

9.3

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, beaten this time. Throws it out wide, inviting the cut. Bounces too much for him.

9.4

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Ugly looking sweep but they mange a single in front of square

9.5

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, no run, quicker one, dropped slightly short and outside off, Basher goes for the pull but straight to short midwicket

9.6

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, tapped to short cover and scamper a quick single. Symonds is prowling there but he can't cut off the run

End of over 10 (2 runs) Bangladesh 41/4 (RR: 4.10)
Habibul Bashar    3* (8b)      GB Hogg    1-0-2-0
Shakib Al Hasan    13* (19b 1x6)      SR Watson    1-0-2-0

10.1

Watson to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, driven down to long-on and they stroll across for a single

10.2

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, pushed to midwicket

10.3

Watson to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep backward square leg for a single

10.4

Watson to Habibul Bashar, no run, straight and back of a length, cut off the back foot but straight to cover

Watson in some trouble there. No signs of injury but Watson looks in some discomfort. He has a chat with Ponting and is walking away from the field now. He's had a history of injuries and Australia will hope this is not serious

Brad Hodge to substitue. Andrew Symonds to complete the over

10.5

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, 2 runs, Short and cut away to point for a single

Update: Apparently Watson has picked up a calf strain

10.6

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, no run, pushed down the ground

End of over 11 (4 runs) Bangladesh 45/4 (RR: 4.09)
Habibul Bashar    6* (12b)      A Symonds    0.2-0-2-0
Shakib Al Hasan    14* (21b 1x6)      GB Hogg    1-0-2-0

11.1

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Flighted and straight, Saqib sweeps it away well to deep square leg

11.2

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, pushed to long-on

11.3

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, comes down the track and drives to long-on

11.4

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, no run, waits for the ball, opens the face of the bat and runs it to short third man

11.5

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, short and wide, forced away to deep point

11.6

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, driven to cover for a single

End of over 12 (5 runs) Bangladesh 50/4 (RR: 4.16)
Shakib Al Hasan    17* (24b 1x6)      GB Hogg    2-0-7-0
Habibul Bashar    8* (15b)      A Symonds    0.2-0-2-0

12.1

Symonds to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, punched down to mid-on

12.2

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, no run, full and straight, spin in tandem now. Flicked to midwicket, Hodge moves across and cuts it off very well

12.3

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, punched to mid-on. Easily done

12.4

Symonds to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Bit quicker, straight too, Saqibul pushes it to mid-on for another single

12.5

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, 1 wide, Quick and fired down leg side, Basher almost overbalances and Gilchrist collects it well and snaps off the bails. Fine work there. Appeal goes up for a stumping but the umpire is calling a wide. No need for the third umpire

12.5

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, no run

12.6

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, no run, punched down to mid-on, Hodge again cuts it off

End of over 13 (4 runs) Bangladesh 54/4 (RR: 4.15)
Habibul Bashar    9* (19b)      A Symonds    1.2-0-6-0
Shakib Al Hasan    19* (26b 1x6)      GB Hogg    2-0-7-0

13.1

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, lofted over cover for a single

13.2

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, full and outside off, punched to mid-off

13.3

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Full toss, that didn't come out well but Saqib can't get the timing right. Sweeps it straight to deep square for a single. It was predemidated and he didn't expect the full toss

13.4

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, no run

13.5

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, dropped dlightly short and Basher rocks back and cuts it away to deep point

13.6

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Gives it a bit of air, Saqib down the track and drives but straight back to the bowler. The two Australian spinners are doing a good job here

End of over 14 (4 runs) Bangladesh 58/4 (RR: 4.14)
Shakib Al Hasan    21* (29b 1x6)      GB Hogg    3-0-11-0
Habibul Bashar    11* (22b)      A Symonds    1.2-0-6-0

Shaun Tait returns. Need for speed, says Ponting

14.1

Tait to Habibul Bashar, no run, Starts off with a 145kph. Full and straight. Driven down the ground by Basher, back to the bowler

14.2

Tait to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, Slowly cranking it up. Full again and starting outside off and swinging in. Basher goes for the drive but an inside edge richochets off his pads and trickles to the off side. They scamper a quick single

14.3

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Gives himself room and slaps it to cover. Tait keeping it full and straight. He's getting a hint of swing as well. Better start to his second spell than his first

14.4

Tait to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, Similar delivery, Basher goes across the line but again gets an inside edge that deviates off the pads to third man. Single again

14.5

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, This is a good length and line. Gettiing pacier by the ball. Driven to cover by Saqib but can't pierce the field.

14.6

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Right in the blockhole this time. Saqib gives himself room but only digs it out and drives down the ground to long-off for a single. Good return for Tait

End of over 15 (4 runs) Bangladesh 62/4 (RR: 4.13)
Shakib Al Hasan    23* (32b 1x6)      SW Tait    3-0-26-0
Habibul Bashar    13* (25b)      GB Hogg    3-0-11-0

15.1

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Saw him charging down the track and held it back. Saqib was forced to tap it to the off side and complete a single

15.2

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, no run, dropped. Dipping full toss and Basher down the ground and tries to loft it over the fielder. Can't get the timing and hits it straight back. Hogg goes for the return catch but muffs it after getting his hand to it. Not the easiest of catches but Hogg is usually good off his own bowling

15.3

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run

15.4

Hogg to Shakib Al Hasan, 1 run, Second full toss of the over, Saqib sweeps it away for a single

15.5

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, no run

15.6

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, no run, down the track and driven back to the bowler

End of over 16 (3 runs) Bangladesh 65/4 (RR: 4.06)
Habibul Bashar    14* (29b)      GB Hogg    4-0-14-0
Shakib Al Hasan    25* (34b 1x6)      SW Tait    3-0-26-0

Round the wicket from Tait to the left-hander

16.1

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, no run, Full and straight again. You miss, I hit, he seems to be saying. Saqib makes room and slashes it to cover, can't beat the field.

16.2

Tait to Shakib Al Hasan, OUT, Nailed 'em. Wide and full of off stump, 90mph. Saqib goes for the drive but can only get a thick edge. Easy take by Gilchrist behind the stumps. Not Tait's best delivery today but as it happens, produces a wicket. He's come back well in the second spell.

Shakib Al Hasan c †Gilchrist b Tait 25 (50m 36b 0x4 1x6) SR: 69.44

Mashrafe Mortza is the new man in.

16.3

Tait to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, Full, almost yorker length. Digs it out towards midwicket and takes of for a single. Sent back by his non-striker. Ponting swoops down and goes for the direct hit. Had it hit, it would have been all over. Luckily for him, Ponting misses.

16.4

Tait to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, Slightly wide but full. Mashrafe makes room and goes for the swat. Too fast for him, though. He's not going to be hanging around.

16.5

Tait to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, clipped away a full one to midwicket for a single.

16.6

Tait to Habibul Bashar, 1 wide, That's the Tait we saw in the first spell. Way down the leg side and giving Gilchrist a big challenge.

16.6

Tait to Habibul Bashar, no run, Good swing that time. Full and outside off. Basher makes room but can't make contact. Bangladesh's batsmen trying to make too much room. Missing regularly. Last four overs have produced just 13 runs.

End of over 17 (2 runs) Bangladesh 67/5 (RR: 3.94)
Habibul Bashar    14* (30b)      SW Tait    4-0-28-1
Mashrafe Mortaza    1* (3b)      GB Hogg    4-0-14-0

17.1

Hogg to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, Another full toss. This time a high one. Mashrafe pulls it away to deep square for a single. None of the full tosses have been given the treatment they deserved

17.2

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, down the ground, lofted to extra cover for a single

17.3

Hogg to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, Driven forcefully down the ground. That was a quick, full ball. McGrath mis-fields but he recovers quickly to keep them down to one.

17.4

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 2 runs, wrong one from Hogg. Swept but can only manage the top edge to fine leg. Complete a handy couple

17.5

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, no run, Basher down the ground and drives back to the bowler

17.6

Hogg to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, Driven to extra cover as they complete a quick single

End of over 18 (6 runs) Bangladesh 73/5 (RR: 4.05)
Habibul Bashar    18* (34b)      GB Hogg    5-0-20-0
Mashrafe Mortaza    3* (5b)      SW Tait    4-0-28-1

Nathan Bracken back into the attack. Round the wicket to Basher

18.1

Bracken to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, Another full toss. Probably the outfield still slightly soggy, preventing the bowlers from gripping it. Maybe, it's a plan. Driven down the ground for a single

18.2

Bracken to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, Full and angling into leg stump, flicked away for a single to square leg

18.3

Bracken to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, Slow ball, angling into middle. Basher tries to go across the line but is deceived by the change of pace and gets an inside edge, onto his pads and gets a single

18.4

Bracken to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, Full ball on middle, Mashrafe backs away and thumps it to wide long-off for a single. Can't get the elevation because it's so full

18.5

Bracken to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, Basher down the ground and meets the ball on the full. ball flies off the thick edge to cover for a single

18.6

Bracken to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, Slower delivery again, angling into his pads, cracked away to the leg side for a single. Run-a-ball over that

End of over 19 (6 runs) Bangladesh 79/5 (RR: 4.15)
Mashrafe Mortaza    6* (8b)      NW Bracken    3-0-12-1
Habibul Bashar    21* (37b)      GB Hogg    5-0-20-0

McGrath returns. What a day he has had. Three overs left now.

19.1

McGrath to Mashrafe Mortaza, FOUR, Short ball and straight but Mortaza thwacks it. He backs away to the leg side and is followed by Mcgrath but Mortaza pulls it forcefull to the vacant midwicket region for a four. Fine shot

19.2

McGrath to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, slow this time, outside off. Mashrafe goes for the mighty hoick but an inside edge runs away behind square for a single

19.3

McGrath to Habibul Bashar, no run, yorker this time, homing in on off. Basher digs it out back to the bolwer. Short, slower, yorker. That's variety for you.

19.4

McGrath to Habibul Bashar, no run, back of a length, Basher down the ground trying for the loft but misses.

19.5

McGrath to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, Straight and full. Punched away from the crease, wide of mid-on for a single

19.6

McGrath to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, full ball again. Can't do much with that. Mashrafe drills it to long-off for a single.

End of over 20 (7 runs) Bangladesh 86/5 (RR: 4.30)
Mashrafe Mortaza    12* (11b 1x4)      GD McGrath    5-0-16-3
Habibul Bashar    22* (40b)      NW Bracken    3-0-12-1

Symonds back. Musical chairs now.

20.1

Symonds to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, Another full toss. Is this some plan? It must be. Mashrafe can't get hold of it and the thick edge flies to extra cover. Doesn't carry and they take a single

20.2

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, backed away, Symonds drops it short and hoicks it for a single to midwicket

20.3

Symonds to Mashrafe Mortaza, SIX, Loft. Straight and full, in the slot. Mashrafe lines it up and whistles it way over the bowler for a six. That's brought the crowd to their feet. Clean strike

20.4

Symonds to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, punched down the long-on

20.5

Symonds to Habibul Bashar, 1 run, worked away on the leg side

20.6

Symonds to Mashrafe Mortaza, no run, backs away, full and fast outside off, swings and misses. Gilchrist laps it up low

End of over 21 (10 runs) Bangladesh 96/5 (RR: 4.57)
Mashrafe Mortaza    20* (15b 1x4 1x6)      A Symonds    2.2-0-16-0
Habibul Bashar    24* (42b)      GD McGrath    5-0-16-3

Bracken back. More musical chairs.

21.1

Bracken to Habibul Bashar, 1 wide, Around the wicket, full but too wide down leg. Basher tries to work it away but it's too far away

21.1

Bracken to Habibul Bashar, OUT, Another slower ball does the trick. Bracken rolls his fingers over that one and drops it slightly short outside off. Basher pulls it feebly but can't beat Ricky Ponting at short midwicket. Easily done.

Habibul Bashar c Ponting b Bracken 24 (48m 43b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.81

Mushfiqur Rahim is in

21.2

Bracken to Mushfiqur Rahim, no run, Slower ball outside off, Rahim can't make contact as he tries to cut

21.3

Bracken to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, backs away and punches it away behind point

21.4

Bracken to Mashrafe Mortaza, FOUR, Full ball, angling on leg. Mashrafe backs away and goes for the mighty loft. Thick inside edge races past Gilchrist. Fine leg is up so that has Four written all over it

21.5

Bracken to Mashrafe Mortaza, 1 run, backed away, full again and the inside edge trickles to Gilchrist's left.

21.6

Bracken to Mushfiqur Rahim, 1 run, Finishes with a slower one. Single to cover to end the innings.

So Bangladesh have managed 104 for 6 in their 22 overs. They tried to go after the bowling from the word go and lost wickets in the process. Glenn McGrath led the way in his metronomic style while the spinners chipped in well later on. All six wickets were taken by the faster bowlers, though, Australia should not have much of a problem overhauling this. Join us in sometime for the reply.

End of over 22 (8 runs) Bangladesh 104/6
Mushfiqur Rahim    2* (3b)      NW Bracken    4-0-20-2
Mashrafe Mortaza    25* (17b 2x4 1x6)      A Symonds    2.2-0-16-0
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