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Glimpses of 2006 Fatullah coming back in Dhaka

Glimpses of 2006 Fatullah coming back in Dhaka Can Mirpur Test answer the Aussies for the Tigers and can Mushfiqur and his team end properly after showing a winning momentum against the Aussies?

After the end of the third day’s play the Aussies are fully in control of this Test and are standing at a very comfortable position. The hopes for a Bangladesh win has gone down a lot in just one day.

Australia are now at 109 for 2 and still need 156 runs to win. Captain Steve Smith and David Warner is present at the crease. Warner scored 78 and Smith put 25 runs on the board building a solid partnership of 80 runs which puts Bangladesh into a risky position now.

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At the beginning of the fourth day’s play the tigers need to capture both Smith and Warner or else the dream of beating Australia at home will remain incomplete. The history of 11 years back in Fatullah will be repeated.

In 2006, Australia toured Bangladesh and in the first test Bangladesh won the toss and with the help of Shahriar Nafees’ century the team put up a brilliant 427 runs. Coming to bat, Australia got all out for just 269 runs, even though Gilchrist’s century took them this long.

At that stage it was almost confirm that the tigers are getting their victory against Australia with a 158 run lead in the first innings.

But in the second innings the tigers showed a completely different language in their style and was beaten into just 148 by the speed of Gillespie and Warne’s spin. As a result, the target for Australia stood just 307 runs.

Everyone had the expectation that the spin magic of Rafique and Enamul Haq would definitely put the Aussies under pressure. But Ricky Ponting had a different idea and scored a brilliant century and guided his team to victory.

This year at Mirpur, Bangladesh is going through the same stage. Australia need just 156 more runs to win with 8 wickets in hand whereas the tigers showed a brilliant cricket in the first two days.

However, there is no answer to the game until the final ball is bowled or the final run is scored. Who knows it would be a repeat of the Fatullah or a new history.

Sakib Ahmed 

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