Bangladesh on the Driving Seat after the end of 2nd day’s Play

Bangladesh on the Driving Seat after the end of 2nd day’s Play

Bangladesh 45/1 (22 overs)
Tamim 30*, Soumya 15, Taijul 0*
Agar 1/9

Australia 217/10 (74.5 overs)
Warner 8, Renshaw 45, Khawaja 1, Lyon 0, Smith 8, Handscomb 33, Maxwell 23, Wade 5, Agar 22*, Cummins 25, Hazlewood
Miraz 3/52, Shakib 4/54, Taijul 1/32

Bangladesh 260/10 (78.5 overs)
Tamim 71, Soumya 8, Imrul 0, Sabbir 0, Shakib 84, Mushfiq 18, Nasir 23, Miraz 18, Taijul 4, Shafiul 13, Mustafiz 0*
Cummins 3/63, Maxwell 1/15, Lyon 3/79, Agar 3/46

Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat

After waiting for 11 long years, Bangladesh are finally playing a Test match against Australia and the Tigers are on the driving seat of that match in Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium.

Bangladesh scored 260 runs in their first innings and Australia had a horrible start in reply as they lost three wickets before the end of first day’s play.

Steve Smith and Matt Renshaw came to bat in the 2nd day with 18 runs on the board for the loss of 3 wickets. They wanted to build a strong partnership in the middle and put huge pressure on the Tigers but they were not successful.

Because, the wonder boy of Bangladesh, Mehedi Hasan Miraz picked up the big fish, Steve Smith’s wicket in the last delivery of 2nd day’s 3rd over. It was a flight from Miraz and Smith came out of the stumps to hit that into the leg side but he was beaten by the flight and spin. The majestic delivery of Miraz broke the stumps.

Everyone thought Smith’s dismissal will create a collapse in Australia’s batting line up but Renshaw along with Handscomb started to play brilliantly and added a 69 runs partnership in the 5th wicket stand. They were judging the balls carefully and didn’t miss out the chances of hitting the bad balls to boundary.

There was not enough time left before Lunch and both those batsmen were looking good. But left-arm spinner Taijul Islam had different idea as he picked up the wicket of Peter Handscomb with a straight delivery.

Then, Shakib was brought back into the attack and he got the success in his very first ball of the over. It was the big wicket of Matt Renshaw who was looking very solid during his patient knock of 45. That delivery didn’t spin a lot but it touched the edge of the Renshaw’s bat and Soumya Sarkar took a brilliant catch in slip.

That was also the last over before lunch and Australia went to the lunch with 123 runs on the board for the loss of 6 wicket. Glenn Maxwell and Mathew Wade remained unbeaten and they have came to bat bat after the lunch.

It was the last established pair for Australia and they wanted to play brilliantly but they failed to do that. Mehedi Hasan Miraz came to bowl the first over after lunch and he was successful.

A straight delivery from him hit the pad of Mathew Wade and umpire didn’t wait too long to give the lbw decision in favor of Bangladesh. Then, Maxwell started to rebuild the innings along with Ashton Agar.

They added 20 runs quickly and Maxwell was looking set but Shakib had a different idea. He bowled a stunning off-spinning delivery and Maxwell came out of the wicket to hit that. But the turn was too much and Mushfiq was quick enough to break the stumps.

After Maxwell’s departure, only 2 wickets were left of Australia and Bangladesh were eagerly waiting to clinch those. But Ashton Agar and Pat Cummins started to bat brilliantly and they batted brilliantly till the Tea.

Meanwhile, Shafiul Islam dropped a catch of Cummins which was a very easy one. Shakib who was the bowler, looked very frustrated but he had nothing. Mushfiq tried all his bowlers in that session but Bangladesh were not successful.

Few minutes before the Tea, Shafiul Islam was brought into the attack and he provided an instant success. Mushfiq took a brilliant catch off Pat Cummins and umpire Aleem Dar gave the decision in favor of Bangladesh.

However, Cummins quickly took a review and the decision was changed as the ball didn’t touch his bat. Agar and Cummins came back after the Tea but they failed to survive more.

In the 2nd over after the Tea, Shakib picked up the wicket Cummins while he was on 25. Australia have only 1 wicket left now. Then, Agar started to play aggressively as the last man, Josh Hazlewood was with him at that moment.

At the end, Shakib bagged his 5th wicket of the innings by picking up the wicket of Hazlewood. Imrul Kayes took a brilliant catch and Australia finished their first inning at 217.

The pitch was already broken and it was very tough to bat on. So, Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar had to play sensibly to give Bangladesh a bright start in the 2nd innings.

After Australia’s batting both the openers of Bangladesh came to bat with a lead of 43 runs in their hands. Aussie bowlers started to bowl aggressively from very beginning.

There was not enough light and the spinners were getting huge turn from the pitch. However, Tamim and Soumya were like rock solid in the middle and they played beautifully.

But at the very last moment, Soumya played an irresponsible shot in the 2nd last over of the day. Agar offered a loose delivery to him and he stepped out of the wicket to hit an aggressive shot and Usman Khawaja in the long on grabbed the catch safely.

Soumya’s dismissal at that moment was crucial but Bangladesh finished the day with no more harm. Tamim will come to bat in the 3rd day along with the nightwatchman, Taijul Islam.

Playing XI:

Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Soumya Sarkar, 3 Imrul Kayes, 4 Sabbir Rahman, 5 Mushfiqur Rahim (c & wk), 6 Shakib Al Hasan, 7 Nasir Hossain, 8 Mehidy Hasan, 9 Taijul Islam, 10 Shafiul Islam, 11 Mustafizur Rahman

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Matt Renshaw, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Steven Smith (c), 5 Peter Handscomb, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Ashton Agar, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Josh Hazlewood, 11 Nathan Lyon.

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