Shakib Al Hasan and Nathan Lyon © AFP
Shakib Al Hasan and Nathan Lyon © AFP

Bangladesh are one victory away from glory. Australia, on the other hand, can keep this series alive by levelling it, as the teams meet for the ultimate clash at Chittagong.

Although Bangladesh have achieved success against Zimbabwe and West Indies, beating Australia would be spectacular. Let’s have a look at some exciting key clashes.

Tamim Iqbal vs Pat Cummins: Tamim ensured his 50th Test was special, as he scored two resolute half-centuries in the opening Test. He rescued Bangladesh in the first innings with 155-run stand along with Shakib, the 2nd highest partnership for Bangladesh in Tests for the 4th wicket.

Cummins, on the other hand, would be spearheading the pace attack in Josh Hazlewood’s absence. His stamina was tested when he almost took Australia to the finishing line with an unbeaten 33, after claiming 4 wickets including that of Tamim.

Whether he can swiftly get another Tamim wicket under his belt would be interesting to watch out for.

Shakib Al Hasan vs Nathan Lyon: If Lyon kept the hopes alive for Australia at regular intervals, Shakib was the catalyst for Bangladesh’s success. Shakib broke plethora of records when he scored a fifty and bagged 10 wickets in his 50th Test. He was rightly awarded Man of the Match, his 6th in Test cricket.

Lyon, too, had his share of records as he completed 250 Test wickets surpassing Richie Benaud to become Australia’s ninth most successful Test bowler in history. The race gets stronger as to which of these spinners will rule the roost.

Australia vs wicketkeepers: The debate over who should keep wickets for the final Test has been making rounds after the defeat. Wade, however, falls under the hammer after conceding 30 byes and scoring a mere 9 runs. On the other hand, Handscomb has been decent, scoring 48 runs on a rank-turner.

Although Handscomb could potentially handle the gloves being a part-time wicketkeeper, Wade remains to be the only specialist wicketkeeper with 8 stumpings to his name. Handscomb, who entered the Australian squad last year, is yet to keep wickets in the subcontinent conditions. With the weather acting wonky, Wade could be in trouble despite all the expertise. However, the Chittagong picture has further added to the confusion, as Wade was seen practicing with the gloves and Handscomb taking slip catches. Wade might have the backing from the former greats such as Adam Gilchrist and Ian Healy, but Smith has hinted his plans already.