Nathan Lyon finished with 13 wickets in the match    Getty Images
Nathan Lyon finished with 13 wickets in the match Getty Images

With dominant performance with both bat and ball, visitors Australia registered victory in the second Test against Bangladesh. At the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong, Bangladesh elected to bat to put up a total of 305 in their first innings. Australia took a 72-run first-innings lead and steered the momentum towards them in the following innings. The third innings of the match turned out to be the game-changer, with Bangladesh bundled out for 157, setting a target of 86 runs for Australia to win the match. Australia got to the target with three sessions and a wicket in hand to post their third Test victory in Bangladesh. They draw the series winning the final match.

Nathan Lyon s 7-for in the first innings barred Bangladesh from putting up a gigantic score in the first innings. Looking at the playing conditions, Steven Smith introduced spin early, handing Lyon the ball. Lyon ran through the left-handed dominated line-up, not letting the top order provide a formidable start. Cricketers like Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes were sent back for single-digit scores. It was not until skipper Mushfiqur Rahim batted that any of the Bangladesh batsmen scored a half-century. Mushfiqur, along with Sabbir Rahman, built the biggest partnership of the innings which added 105 runs.

The partnership was broken by Lyon, as Matthew Wade stumped Sabbir Rahman for 66. At the end of the opening day, Mushfiqur and Nasir Hossain remained unbeaten. Lyon had picked up 5 wickets.

With 4 wickets in hand and a set Mushfiqur at crease, many had hoped Bangladesh to take their score from 253 for 6 to something big. However, Lyon and Ashton Agar made sure Bangladesh were restricted at 305. Lyon finished innings with 7 wickets, going past Jason Gillespie s tally of 259 wickets.

On a contrary, Australia s top order excelled with the bat. Though they lost Matt Renshaw early, David Warner, Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb made sure Australia took the first-innings lead. Smith scored a half-century before departing on Day Two. Warner and Handscomb remained unbeaten, after forming a strong partnership.

The first session of Day Three was wasted due to heavy rains and coming back for second session, Handscomb (82) was run out by a direct hit by Shakib Al Hasan. Warner anchored the innings and helped his side to get closer to taking the lead. He scored the 20th Test century of his career before getting out for 123.

After this, Australia could not form another big partnership, the best effort coming from Glenn Maxwell (38). Australia s innings came to an end with 377 on the board, taking a lead of 72 runs. Mustafizur Rahman was Bangladesh s pick of the bowlers with a 4-for, while Mehedi Hasan, despite being hit by the ball on his chest, impressed with a 3-for.

The third innings can be summarised in two words: Bangladesh collapsed. With only 73 runs to take the lead, Bangladesh were in a very good position to post a challenging target and put the visitors under pressure. But Australia spinners, especially Lyon, used better use of the pitch than the hosts. Along with massive turn, they stunned the hosts batsmen with bounce. Bangladesh batsmen, in most occasions, lost their cool and threw their wickets.

The only notable partnership was formed between Mushfiqur and Sabbir Rahman, which added in excess of 50 runs. However, they failed to convert into a bigger one. Lyon bagged 6 wickets to finish with 13 wickets from the match as Bangladesh were bundled for 157, setting an 86-run target for Australia to win.

Though the Bangladesh bowlers tried their best bagging 3 Australian wickets, the runs they were defending were insufficient and Australia eased their way to victory with a six from Maxwell. After the drawn series, Australia are at No. 5 in the ICC Test team rankings with Bangladesh at No. 9.

Lyon was adjudged the Man of the Match for his 13 wickets. He also shared the Man of the Series title with teammate David Warner.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 305 and 157 (Mushfiqur Rahim 31, Sabbir Rahman 24, Mominul Haque 29; Pat Cummins 2 for 27; Pat Cummins 2 for 27, Nathan Lyon 6 for 60) lost to Australia 377 and 87 for 3 (Matt Renshaw 22, Glenn Maxwell 25*; Mustafizur 1 for 16, Taijul Islam 1 for 26) by 7 wickets.

Man of the Match: Nathan Lyon

Man of the Series: Nathan Lyon and David Warner