Ricky Ponting probably knew well enough that it would come down to him, in the end. Especially because he walked in at the fall of the other most reliable Aussie batsman in recent times - Michael Hussey. And by reliable I don't mean highest run-getter, but just plain 'reliable'. Which is why Ponting played the way that he did - 3 fours in first 50 runs, strike rate under 50 - right from the start. If he stays till the end, this is going to be one of the most important knock played by Ponting despite being against Bangaldesh, considering the conditions, track, match situation and the overall buildup leading into his arrival at crease.
At stumps on day 4, this game is as interesting as it was on day 1. Which is already a testimony to Bangaldesh's improvement. Now if they can get Ponting early on tomorrow - then they can start thinking about the icing on the already substantially sumptuos cake.