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BD vs Aus, 2nd test: Australia finish day-2 at 225/2

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ctg2-dSports Desk : David Warner and Handscomb minimized the loss of skipper Smith as Australia finished the day at 225/2. Australia trail Bangladesh by 80 runs with 8 wickets remaining.

Having lost Matt Renshaw early on to an excellent catch by the home team captain Mushfiqur Rahim, Smith and his deputy David Warner looked largely untroubled in adding 93 runs in good time, before Smith appeared to lose concentration and left an inviting gap for Taijul’s slow left-arm spin to skid through into middle stump.

Mustafizur Rahman had taken Renshaw early in the Australian innings to give Bangladesh a much needed break-through.

Lyon’s seven-for helps Australia as Bangladesh have been bowled out for 305 on the second day of the second Test at Chittagong.

Top effort from Australia and Nathan Lyon – the offie picked up his third consecutive fifer in Tests. Bangladesh’s morning depended on how long Rahim would bat, but he was sent back in Lyon’s first over of the day. Nasir Hossain strung in a small partnership with Mehidy and the duo started to frustrate the visitors before Agar got one to graze Hossain’s edge. The remaining two wickets were taken quickly and Bangladesh could only add 52 runs to their overnight score.

On the second day, Mushfiqur Rahim was the first to fall as Lyon struck. Nasir Hossain and Mehidy Hasan Miraz were the next to follow Mushfiq off the pitch respectively.

While Lyon picked up a five-for, Mushfiqur and Sabbir fought back with fifties on the first day.

The Bangladesh captain, Mushfiqur Rahim, and Sabbir Rahman shared a century stand to initiate a fight back from Nathan Lyon’s five-wicket haul and lead the hosts to 253 for six on the opening day of the second and final Test against Australia on Monday.

Nathan Lyon gave Australia early hope before a fight back from Bangladesh put the pressure back on the tourists. Leading Australia’s three-pronged spin attack with the new ball in hand, Lyon claimed three wickets in the morning session and another soon after lunch to reduce Bangladesh to 85-4 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Sabbir and Mushfiqur arrested the slide with a 105-run stand for the fifth wicket. Sabbir fell after tea but Mushfiqur was batting on 62 at stumps with Nasir Hossain on 19.

Desperate to level the series after being humbled inside four days in Dhaka, Australia went in with three spinners and a lone paceman in Pat Cummins, a strategy they had not employed since 1978. Lyon was rewarded for his clever change of pace and the Bangladesh batsmen paid the price for playing him on the back foot with the ball often keeping low.