Mehedi Hasan provided late blitz after the middle order failed to exploit the foundation laid by opener Tamim Iqbal. Mehedi scored a vital 17 runs to take the lead to 248 runs for Australia, in first of the two-Test series.

On a rank-turner, off-spinner Nathan Lyon pouched a four-wicket haul, including an all-important wicket of Shakib Al Hasan, while the left-arm orthodox Ashton Agar took 2 wickets. In all, Bangladesh scored 72 runs in the second session of Day Three, losing 5 wickets.

Tamim Iqbal was the first to fall. He edged one behind off Pat Cummins, only after scoring 71 his consecutive fifty. He added 68 runs with captain Mushfiqur Rahim, for the fourth wicket.

Shakib, who had scored a valiant 84 in the first innings, scored a mere 5. Lyon had him caught to Cummins at cover. Then began the downward surge for the hosts. Mushfiqur went for a well made 41, as Sabbir Rehman’s drive ricocheted off Lyon and hit the stumps, leaving the captain short of the crease. They lost the next 3 wickets for 28 runs.

With the track deteriorating, Bangladesh would look to add runs at a brisk rate and dent Australia’s spirit.

Brief scores:

Bangladesh 260 and 205 for 8 (Tamim Iqbal 78, Mushfiqur Rahim 41; Ashton Agar 1 for 26, Nathan Lyon 2 for 38) lead Australia 217 by 248 runs.