Australia progress steadily on rain-hit day

Published: Monday, April 17, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Chittagong:Australia progressed steadily to 151-2 and looked set for a big first-innings lead on a rain-hit second day in the second and final Test against Bangladesh.

Rain stopped play 27 minutes before lunch and the interruption lasted for the entire afternoon session. Play was called off for the day a little after the scheduled tea interval because of a wet outfield.

Jason Gillespie (28), sent in as nightwatchman on Sunday, was batting with captain Ricky Ponting (19) when play was halted after just 22.4 overs in the morning session.

The world champions, looking to dominate after a less than emphatic three-wicket win in the opening Test in Fatullah last week, dismissed the home side for just 197 on Sunday.

Opener Phil Jacques then struck his maiden half-century in only his second Test to put them on track for a sizeable lead. The left-hander hit 66 including eight fours and one six and was not afraid to play uppish shots in his 98-ball knock.

The 26-year-old looked well set until he tried to sweep a ball from left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique, only to give an easy catch to Shahriar Nafees at mid-wicket.

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