Bangladesh vs Australia, 2nd Test: Nathan Lyon’s record-breaking spell and other highlights
Though Australia are placed fifth in ICC Test rankings, way ahead of Bangladesh at No. 9, both teams played competitive cricket to make both Tests interesting.
Nathan Lyon went past Jason Gillespie in the list of most wicket-takers in Tests for Australia Getty Images
Australia had almost certainly backed themselves to win the final Test and level the series against Bangladesh, and they did exactly that. Though Australia are placed fifth in ICC Test rankings, way ahead of Bangladesh at No. 9, both teams played competitive cricket to make both Tests interesting. Here are some highlights from the exciting second Test that decided the fate of the series. READ: Australia wins second Bangladesh Test, levels series 1-1
Bangladesh top-order collapses: Winning the toss, Bangladesh had elected to bat but failed to get a solid start. Thanks to Nathan Lyon who ran through the line-up, Australia reduced Bangladesh to 117 for 5, with key players like Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan sent back.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Sabbir Rahman hold fort: Mushfiqur and Sabbir defied a rampant Nathan Lyon after the collapse. They added 105 to revive Bangladesh and take the score past 200. They were the only ones to go past fifty for Bangladesh in the Test.
Australia s top-order excels: After Lyon s 7-for bundled Bangladesh for 305, Australia top order provided them with an excellent start despite losing Matt Renshaw early. Steven Smith scored a half-century and Peter Handscomb got 82, but the biggest contribution came from David Warner, who scored his 20th Test century. Australia put up 377, taking a 72-run first innings lead.
Bangladesh collapse, yet again: Unfortunately, Bangladesh failed again. The Australia spinners, led by Lyon, reduced them to 43 for 5. They never recovered as Lyon ran through again to restrict the target to 86. Mushfiqur s 31 was the highest score of the innings.
Nathan Lyon s exceptional spell: Lyon alone took 13 Bangladesh wickets in the Test 7 in the first innings and 6 in the third. He became the first Australian spinner since Shane Warne (in 2004) to bag 5-wicket hauls in three consecutive innings. His 22 wickets in the series are also the joint second-most for any bowler in a two-Test series, after Rangana Herath. Lyon now has 46 wickets from 6 Tests in 2017, the most for any bowler. He also became the fourth-most successful visiting Test bowler in Asia with 81 wickets, after Shane Warne (127), Daniel Vettori (98) and Dale Steyn (90). He also went past Jason Gillespie in the list of most successful Test bowlers for Australia.
Bangladesh s first drawn Test series against Australia: So far, Bangladesh and Australia have played 3 Test series, consisting of 2 matches each. This was the first time Bangladesh ended a Test series against Australia in a draw as they had lost both previous series 0-2.