Fatullah, April 12:
Opener Matthew Hayden and captain Ricky Pointing hit half centuries on Wednesday to put Australia in sight of victory before suffering a mini-collapse against Bangladesh on the fourth day of their first Test.
Australia require another 95 runs with six wickets remaining to avoid a major upset at the hands Bangladesh.
The visitors will resume on the final day at 212/4 with Ponting on 72 and Adam Gilchrist 6.
Hayden, who hit 72 off 152 balls before being run out by Enamul Haque, produced a 109-run second-wicket partnership with Ponting. Spinner Mohammad Rafique then bowled out Damien Martyn (7), and had Michael Clarke (9) caught behind by Khaled Mashud. Bangladeshâ€™s breakthrough came after lunch when spinner Haque bowled Michael Hussey for 37. Australia cautiously chased its run target and looked comfortable at 114-1 at tea.
Earlier, Shane Warne and Jason Gillespie shared five wickets for just 24 runs as Australia dismissed Bangladesh for 148 in its second innings. Resuming at the overnight score of 124-5, Bangladesh lost its last five wickets in the first nine overs of the day. Bangladesh still managed to set a challenging victory target of 307.
Gillespie bowled Mashud for a duck, and went on to dismiss the other overnight batsman, Rajin Saleh, for 33.
Warne trapped Rafique leg before (14) before bowling Mashrafee Bin Mortaza for a duck the following ball. He also removed Haque , raising his tally to three dismissals for 28 runs in the second innings.
Bangladesh opened the match with a massive first innings total of 427, opener Shahriar Nafees smashing his maiden century.
Australia answered with 269 but avoided the embarrassment of the follow on.
BANGLADESH â€”1st Innings: 427
AUSTRALIA â€”1st Innings: 269
BANGLADESH â€”2nd Innings (Overnight: 124/5)
R Saleh c Hayden b Gilespie 33
K Mashud b Gillespie 0
M Rafique lbw B Warne 14
M Mortaza b Warne 0
S Hossain not out 1
E Haque lbw b Warne 0
Extras: 21 (10b, 7lb, 4nb)
FoW: 1-48, 2-58, 3-66, 4-77, 5-124, 6-128, 7-147, 8-147, 9-147
Australia bowling: Lee 8-0-47-1, Gillespie 11-4-18-3, MacGill 13-4-30-1, Clark 4-2-8-1, Warne 13-4-28-3, Clarke 1-1-0-0
AUSTRALIA â€”2nd Innings
M Hayden run out 72
M Hussey b Haque 37
R Ponting not out 72
D Martyn b Rafique 7
M Clarke c Mashud b Rafique 9
A Gilchrist not out 6
Extras: 9 (4b, 4lb, 1nb)
FoW: 1-64, 2-173, 3-183, 4-205
Bangladesh bowling: Mortaza 13-4-27-0, Hossain 15-5-48-0, Rafique 25-3-68-2, Haque 21-4-61-1