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Asian Cricket News April 2006

World Cup 2011

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh to be joint hosts for World Cup 2011

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will co-host cricket's World Cup in 2011 after beating off opposition from a joint Australia-New Zealand bid. At an International Cricket Council (ICC) executive board meeting in Dubai on Sunday, the Asian countries' bid won the vote by 10 to three. The hosting of the 2015 tournament was awarded to Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, the event will be staged by England. With the joint Asian bid ensuring four votes, it boiled down to securing support from three Test playing nations South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe. Only England voted for Australia and New Zealand. Associate members Israel, Malaysia and UAE too backed the Asia bid. India and Pakistan had earlier hosted the event in 1987 while Sri Lanka joined them in 1996. Australia and New Zealand had staged the World Cup in 1992. The West Indies are to host the World Cup next year. As per the schedule of matches mentioned in the joint Asian bid, India will host 22 matches, including the semi-finals, Pakistan 14, Sri Lanka 9 and Bangladesh 6.

Third ODI, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Australia completed a 3-0 clean sweep

Mark Cosgrove marked his international debut with 74 off 69 balls as Australia completed a 3-0 clean sweep in their one-day series in Bangladesh. The 21-year-old hit two sixes and seven fours but was bowled with his side just two runs short of their target of 125. Brad Hogg came out and struck the next ball for four to seal a nine-wicket win for an experimental Aussie team. It took them just 22.4 overs to knock off the runs after Hogg (3-17) had helped dismiss Bangladesh for 124.
Third ODI, Fatullah : Australia 127-1 (22.4 overs) beat Bangladesh 124 (42.3 overs) by nine wickets

Second ODI, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Australia win ODI series

Australia were grateful for Andrew Symonds' unbeaten century as they clinched an unassailable 2-0 lead in their three-match one-day international series in Bangladesh. The tourists bowled the hosts out for 183 in the second ODI in Fatullah, winning by 67 runs after posting 250 for five off their 50 overs. Andrew Symonds, who played a magnificent innings of unconquered 103 runs off 125 balls featuring six fours and two sixes, was adjudged man of the match. Earlier, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss for the first time in the ongoing tour and opted to bat first Wednesday without any hesitation. Middle order batsman Andrew Symonds and Michael Clarke made a record 140-run 4th wicket stand to guide the Australian side to post 250 runs for 5 in 50 overs.
Second ODI, Fatullah : Australia 250-5 (50 overs) beat Bangladesh 183 (48 overs) by 67 runs

Second ODI, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Bangladesh wants to win second ODI

Bangladesh wants to make a comeback and win the second ODI cricket match against Australia. Bangladesh - who had hoped to repeat last year's shock win over Australia at Cardiff, Wales - lost the first one-day match on Sunday by four wickets, after being bowled out for a paltry 195 runs in 47 overs. But Australia had to fight hard for 44 overs to reach the winning target of 196 - losing six wickets. Bangladesh will play the second one-day international against Australia today without ace batsman Mohammad Ashraful. The Tigers team think-tank decided to rest the young batsman, whose heroic effort powered Bangladesh to pull off a memorable victory against the world champions at Cardiff last year, because of his poor form in the series. Bangladesh are already 1-0 down in the three-match series following a four-wicket loss in the first one-dayer at Chittagong on Sunday.
Bangladesh: Habibul Bashar (Captain), Habibul Bashar, Khaled Mashud, Shahriar Nafees, Rajin Saleh, Aftab Ahmed, Alok Kapali, Tushar Imran, Mohammad Rafique, Mashrafe Bin Mortuza, Abdur Razzak and Shahadat Hossain.
Australia: Ricky Ponting (Captain), Adam Gilchrist, Nathan Bracken, Michael Clarke, Daniel Cullen, Bradley Hogg, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Simon Katich, Brett Lee, Andrew Symonds, James Hopes, Mark Cosgrove and Brett Dorey.

First ODI, Australia vs Bangladesh, Chittagong 2006

Adam Gilchrist guides Aussies to victory

Adam Gilchrist scored a whirlwind half-century in Chittagong to help lead Australia to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first one-day international. Chasing Bangladesh's 195 all out, Australia eased home with more than six overs to spare thanks in large to Gilchrist's onslaught at the top of the innings. The free-scoring left-hander smashed 76 off only 46 balls as he dominated an opening stand of 96 with Simon Katich. Earlier, Hogg picked up three wickets as Bangladesh were dismissed with three of their 50 overs unused. Slow left-armer Hogg claimed three for 37 off his 10 overs while Lee, Nathan Bracken and Symonds each weighed in with two wickets each as Bangladesh failed to make the most of winning the toss. Captain Bashar top-scored for Bangladesh with 52 but his departure in the 43rd over, stumped by Gilchrist off the bowling of Hogg, sparked a collapse that saw the hosts lose their last five wickets for just 24 runs. The second of the three one-day internationals takes place in Fatullah on Wednesday.
First ODI, Chittagong: Australia 196-6 (44 overs) beat Bangladesh 195 (47 overs) by four wickets

Second Test, Australia vs Bangladesh, Chittagong 2006

Australia wins second test, wraps up series

Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill shared six wickets before lunch yesterday as Australia won the second test over Bangladesh by an innings and 80 runs to sweep the series 2-0. Bangladesh was dismissed for 304 runs in its second innings after Australia declared its first innings on 581 for four. The home side scored a paltry 197 runs in its first innings. Bangladesh added 109 runs for loss of six wickets yetersday after resuming on 195 for four wickets. In spite of a cameo from Mohammad Rafique - who hit 65 off 53 balls - Bangladesh, the world's bottom-ranked test team, was far from making the world's No. 1 test team to bat again. Jason Gillespie worked his way to 201 not out to become cricket's highest scoring nightwatchman and Michael Hussey smashed his fourth test century before Australia declared its first innings at 581 for four wickets, taking a 384-run lead.
Second Test, Chittagong: Bangladesh 197 & 304 lost to Australia 581-4 dec by an innings and 80 runs

Second Test, Australia vs Bangladesh, Chittagong 2006

Gillespie's maiden century puts Australia on top

Jason Gillespie hammered his maiden test century on Tuesday to boost Australia's domination in the rain-hit second and final cricket test. Gillespie was batting on 102 not out as Australia piled up a massive 364 for three on third day's tea break taking a first innings lead of 167. Gillespie, who came as a nightwatchman on the opening day, put on 154 in the unbeaten fourth wicket stand with Michael Hussey who was batting on 93. He earlier shared a 90-run third wicket partnership with captain Ricky Ponting who was run out on 52 in the day's first session. On day two, play was possible only for 22.4 overs before seasonal rain forced an early lunch with Australia racing to 151 for two in reply to Bangladesh's disappointing first innings total of 197.
Second Test, Chittagong, day three: Bangladesh 197 v Australia 364-3

First Test, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Australia breathes sigh of relief

Australia breathed a huge sigh of relief on Friday after captain Ricky Ponting steered his side to a face-saving victory over Bangladesh in the first test.
Ponting's unbeaten century guided Australia to a target of 307 with three wickets to spare, ending their hosts' hopes of a second victory in 43 tests which had looked likely after the first two days in Fatullah.
The Australian bowlers struggled on the opening two days as Bangladesh piled up 427 in their first innings and the world champions collapsed to 146 for five before Adam Gilchrist lifted them to 269 with his first test century for over a year.
First Test, Fatullah, day five: Bangladesh 427 & 148 lost to Australia 269 & 307-7 by three wickets

Pakistan Cricket

Afridi announces retirement from Test cricket

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has decided to stop playing Test cricket until after next year's World Cup in the West Indies..

First Test, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Ponting holds key for Australia

Skipper Ricky Ponting stood firm for Australia with an unbeaten 72 as they chased a victory target of 307 in the the first Test against Bangladesh. They were 212-4 at the end of the fourth day's play but the outcome of the game is still in the balance. Matthew Hayden (72) shared a second wicket stand of 109 with Ponting, but was run out going for a quick single. Bangladesh were all out for 148 earlier in the day as Shane Warne and Jason Gillespie took three wickets each.
First Test, Fatullah, day four (close): Bangladesh 427 & 148 v Australia 269 & 212-4

First Test, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Bangladesh hold slight advantage

Bangladesh struggled in their second innings against Australia as they attempt one of cricket's biggest upsets but still hold a healthy lead. At the close on day three of the first Test in Fatullah they were 124-5, 282 runs ahead of Test cricket's top nation, with Rajin Saleh 29no. Earlier Australia were dismissed for 269, Adam Gilchrist saving their blushes with 144, his 16th Test ton. Spinner Mohammad Rafique did the damage taking 5-62 in 32.2 overs.
First Test, Fatullah, day three (close): Bangladesh 427 & 124-5 v Australia 269

First Test, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Bangladesh target Australia upset

One of the biggest upsets in cricket could be on the cards after Bangladesh seized control of the first Test against the world's top team Australia. After posting 427 in their first innings - only the fourth time they have passed 400 in Test cricket - they reduced Australia to 145-6 on day two. Left-arm spinners Mohammad Rafique and Enamul Haque jnr did the damage with Rafique taking 2-40 and Haque 2-14. Australia still need an awkward 83 runs to avoid the follow-on in Fatullah.
First Test, Fatullah, day two (stumps): Bangladesh 427 v Australia 145-6

First Test, Australia vs Bangladesh, Fatullah 2006

Bangladesh batsmen shock Aussies

Shahriar Nafees hit his maiden century as Test minnows Bangladesh battered Australia's bowling attack in Fatullah. Nafees made 138 off 189 balls, with 19 fours, as the home side reached 355-5 at stumps on day one of the first Test. He shared a stand of 187 with skipper Habibul Bashar (76), the highest achieved for any wicket since Bangladesh gained Test status in 2000. Stuart MacGill took three wickets but Shane Warne went off to nurse a sore shoulder with figures of 0-112.
First Test, Fatullah, day one (close): Bangladesh 355-5 v Australia

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.