Gilly launches fight-back

Australia has fought back on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka after the home side dominated the opening two days of the match.

A potential match-winning century to Adam Gilchrist - his first this year - in Australia's first innings total of 269, gave the visitors' bowling attack the impetus to reduce Bangladesh to 5-124 in its second innings.Bangladesh enter the fourth day with a 282-run lead on the strength of a surprising 427 in the first innings.

Rajin Saleh is undefeated on 29 for Bangladesh and Khaled Mushad (0) survived ten balls late in the day.

Batting hero for the home side in the first innings, Shahriar Nafees, made a good start at the top of the order before being clean-bowled for 33 by a fast Brett Lee delivery with the score on 48.

Bangladesh then lost its next three wickets for 29, with Javed Omar (18) sent packing by the Jason Gillespie-Gilchrist combination, skipper Hajibul Bashar (7) run out and Mohammed Ashraful (4) adjudged lbw to Stuart Clark.

Bashar was the victim of some brilliant work by Michael Clarke in the field, who threw down the wickets with only one stump in view to catch the dawdling Bangladesh skipper just short of his ground.

Stuart MacGill, who took eight wickets in the first innings, then trapped Aftab Ahmed plumb in front for 21.

Champion leg-spinner Shane Warne, who is suffering from a shoulder problem, managed eight overs (0-11).

Earlier, Bangladesh dismissed Australia for 269 after lunch, despite Gilchrist's return to form which helped Australia avoid the follow-on (228).

The attacking left-hander, who made 50 Test runs in five innings on the recent South African tour, struck 14 fours and six sixes on his way to 144.

The tourists resumed from the luncheon interval on 7-226, and after Gillespie was bowled by Mohammed Rafique playing a rash stroke for 26, Gilchrist picked up the tempo realising he was nearly out of batting partners.

He hit four sixes in the session, but when his innings came to an end - caught in the deep from the bowling of Rafique - following Stuart Clark's 20-ball duck, the Australians were left 158 runs shy of Bangladesh.

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