Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Awkward times at Fatullah

So, even though Australia have fought back very well in this test match, they still face a very awkward two days ahead. They are 282 runs down, and Bangladesh have five wickets left that could push that upwards of 350. And that, would be a very stiff ask indeed, given the Aussie problems against Rafique. Chasing 350 plus is never easy, no matter who you are up against. There is the sheer numerical size of the target, the finality of the fourth innings, and in Australia's case, the memory of the first-innings slump. Great teams like Australia (perhaps not this combination, sure), are capable of using that memory to motivate themselves to turn it around. Bangladesh will find the going tougher from here on (indeed, this last day has already seen that happen) but no matter what, they will have the satisfaction of knowing that they have shaken up the Aussies good and proper.

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