It was the something very rare what world cricket was witnessing back then, when Bangladesh out of nowhere has defeated Australia who was the most complete sides of that era. With the century from Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladesh did what it was impossible in the world cricket. Later he was awarded with Man of the match. Australia with Ricky Ponting were all heart broken to have this defeat under their feathers.
“When we started off, neither of us were even bothered about the total. We tried our best to stay there and play out 50 overs. That’s all we told ourselves – don’t get out. When I am well set I play the faster bowlers well while Bashar plays the spinners well. So we tried to rotate the strike that way“, Ashraful had revealed about his partnership with Bashar in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.
“It has given us confidence to play against the best. We needed to win in the one-day series after doing badly in the Tests. There was a lot of talk about how we should not play international cricket and we were under tremendous pressure. We knew we had to put up a good fight against Australia. Winning was a fantastic bonus”, Ashraful spoke about the big win to ESPNCricinfo at the time.
“It’s my worst loss as captain,” a bemused Ponting said. “It’s probably one of the biggest upsets in the history of the game.
“I wouldn’t call it complacency. I don’t think anyone was not prepared. We have to work out what happened, it’s a bad start to the series but it’s not that bad yet.
“A lot of it comes down on my shoulders. It’s probably a good idea if we don’t read the papers tomorrow.”