Ashraful leads Bangladeshi fightback

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:07 IST

Ashraful slammed a gutsy unbeaten half-century to lead Bangladesh's fightback in the opening Test against New Zealand.

Ashraful leads Bangladeshi fightback

Dhaka: Mohammad Ashraful slammed a gutsy unbeaten half-century to lead Bangladesh's fightback in the opening Test against New Zealand at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here today. Ashraful scored 67 not out as Bangladesh recovered from 5-3 to reach a respectable 121-4 at tea on the opening day. He put on 115 for the fourth wicket with Rajen Saleh (41) to defy the New Zealand attack in the afternoon session. Alok Kapali was the other not-out batsman on one at the break. Bangladesh had lost three wickets in the opening seven overs after electing to bat on a slow pitch before being propped up by Ashraful and Saleh. The pair batted sensibly against both pace and spin as the hosts added 83 in the two-hour afternoon session. Saleh fell in the closing stages of the session, slashing left-arm seamer James Franklin to gully where Jacob Oram held a superb catch. He struck one six and five fours in his 136-ball knock. Ashraful continued to keep the New Zealand attack at bay, reaching his fifth Test half-century with a six over square-leg off spinner Paul Wiseman. He has so far hit three sixes and eight fours in his 174-ball knock. (AP)
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