Friday, July 01, 2005


Bangladesh was defeated by Australia in the last of the preliminary matches in the Natwest series. The result was expected. The Australians were in a spot of bother before recovering their composure. The lower order batsmen of Bangladesh helped their team post 250 after losing the first five wickets with only 75 runs on the board. Shariar and Mashud did a great rescue act. There were no heroics from Ashraful this time barring a magnificient six off Brett Lee.

That Bangladesh won only one match from their six matches, is a good indicator of the gulf that seperates them from the other two teams. However, there is no disgrace in losing to better sides. As the tour went off, the Bangladeshis started displaying talent and mettle. They have managed to raise the bar above the past displays and now the expectations back in the country must be very high. That is something the 'tigers' must not only match but exceed.


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