Australlia have lost 6 wickets    AFP
Australlia have lost 6 wickets AFP

Bangladesh continued destroying Australia, taking three more wickets in the first session of Day Two of the first Test at Mirpur. After a disappointing batting performance on the opening day, Bangladesh made a comeback, picking up three wickets for 18 runs before stumps. Steven Smith resumed batting with Matt Renshaw on this morning, but he could not last long. After a brief resistance, Peter Handscomb and Renshaw soon followed their captain. With 6 wickets down, Australia now have 123 on the board, trailing Bangladesh by 137 runs. Their hopes now lie on Glenn Maxwell (8*) and Matthew Wade (5*).

After losing their top three early, Australia looked up to their skipper, Smith. However, he could not contribute beyond 8 runs, including a handsome boundary. Mehedi removed Smith with a full-length delivery, as Smith failed to save his defence.

Renshaw showed good technique amidst the landslide of wickets, building a strong partnership with Handscomb. They batted with confidence, and soon boundaries were frequented. Mushfiqur kept Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan in attack, but the ploy did not work much as the Australian duo hammered them for fours all around the park. The shots were well placed, and Australia’s first 50-run partnership of the innings came up.

Sadly for the visitors, it did not last very long post that. Taijul Islam got Handscomb (33) plumb on back pad. Soon, after being dropped off an edge once, Renshaw was removed for 45. Shakib bowled one outside off. Renshaw played for turn, gently nicking it enough to route it to Soumya Sarkar at first slip. He took it off the second attempt.

Losing both set batsmen right before lunch hurt Australia. The spinners are doing a good job to confuse the visitors, making full use of what is there on offer.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 260 lead Australia 123 for 6 (Matt Renshaw 45, Peter Handscomb 33; Mehedi Hasan 2 for 26, Shakib Al Hasan 2 for 31) by 137.