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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 April 2006, 11:43 GMT 12:43 UK
Bangladesh batsmen shock Aussies
First Test, Fatullah, day one (close): Bangladesh 355-5 v Australia

Shahriar Nafees
It's great to score your first century against the world's best team
Shahriar Nafees
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.

After winning the toss, Bangladesh raced along at a rate of almost six runs per over during the morning session.

Opener Javed Omar was particularly severe on Stuart Clark, hitting two successive deliveries for four through the leg side in the sixth over and then forcing a ball away through backward point for another in his next.

Despite being beaten by an innings in two Tests in Australia in 2003, the home side justified Bashar's pre-match promise that they would play with conviction and were not overawed by the reputation of their opponents.

Omar eventually departed when his defensive stroke was beaten by a ball from Jason Gillespie which cut back off the pitch and had him lbw for 27.

But Nafees and Bashar were soon in full flow and even Warne, the leading wicket-taker in Test history, was unable to stem the flow of runs.

Jason Gillespie
Gillespie was delighted to be back among the wickets

He should have had the wicket of Bashar on 36, but keeper Adam Gilchrist was unable to hang onto the chance.

And it cost Australia dear as the two batsmen continued their run spree following the lunch interval.

Nafees brought up his hundred off 131 balls with consecutive boundaries off Warne, the first swept away square and the second glanced away fine.

MacGill finally checked Bangladesh's progress with the final ball before tea, although a short of a length delivery scarcely deserved a top edge from Bashar's attempted pull which ended up in the hands of Brett Lee.

Nafees was next go, bowled by MacGill when he missed an attempted sweep shot, and Gillespie won his second lbw decision of the day to remove Mohammad Ashraful for a bright and breezy 29.

Runs were harder to come by in the final session, with Rajin Saleh facing 103 deliveries for his 35 not out.

Aftab Ahmed helped add 56 for the fifth wicket but did not survive to the close as he wastefully pulled a long hop from MacGill to mid-wicket.


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