Bangladesh successfully regained momentum on Day Three of the second Test against Australia, removing nine of the opposition batsmen in the second innings. Despite David Warner’s century, Australia could only take a lead of 72 runs at the end of Day Three and with only one wicket in hand, Bangladesh look positive to restrict the lead way before it reaches 100. Australia are reduced to 377 for 9 and have Steve O’Keefe (8*) and Nathan Lyon (0*) at the crease to add the final few runs.
Day Three had a gloomy start with heavy rains at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong which wasted a session of the day. Finally, with play resuming, Australia reached 250 with Peter Handscomb and David Warner at the crease. Handscomb (82) was run out right after, as he attempted a quick single, failing to get back to his crease before Shakib Al Hasan’s direct hit knocked the bails off.
Warner remained unbeaten, scoring the 20th century of his Test career and taking Australia closer to taking the lead. He partnered with Glenn Maxwell to bring stability to the innings post the Handscomb-dismissal but could not stay at the crease till Australia reached 300. Mustafizur Rahman cramped the southpaw of room, and Imrul Kayes took a juggling catch at leg gully to get Warner’s (123) precious wicket.
Post Warner’s departure, no Australian was able to play a half-century knock. Though Maxwell looked good, he first lost his partners Hinton Carwright (18) and Matthew Wade (8) before himself departing for 38. Ashton Agar tried to replicate his efforts in the first Test, but managed to score only 22 runs before Shakib clean bowled him.
The Australia tail did not seem very comfortable batting against the Bangladesh spinners, who produced ample turn despite there being rain earlier the day, to confuse the batsmen and run through the line-up. With their innings almost nearing the end, Australia’s aim will now be to restrict Bangladesh within a paltry score as they bat.
Bangladesh 305 trail Australia 321 for 5 (David Warner 123, Steven Smith 58, Peter Handscomb 82, Glenn Maxwell 38; Mehedi Hasan 3 for 93, Mustafizur Rahman 3 for 84, Taijul Islam 1 for 78) by 72 runs.
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