Miss-fielding and Review helped Australia to Rebuild the Innings

Miss-fielding and Review helped Australia to Rebuild the Innings

Australia 193/8 (67 overs)
Warner 8, Renshaw 45, Khawaja 1, Lyon 0, Smith 8, Handscomb 33, Maxwell 23, Wade 5, Agar 22*, Cummins 25*
Miraz 2/52, Shakib 2/54, 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

Ahead of a challenging total of 260 runs from Bangladesh, Australia started the 2nd day of the first Test match in Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium with 18 runs on the board with the loss of 3 wickets.

Steve Smith and Matt Renshaw came to bat for Australia. 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 lunch, the culprit 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 will come after Tea and they will try to keep on batting like this. On the other hand, Bangladesh desperately need their wickets.

Meanwhile, In the first match of the two-test series between Bangladesh and Australia, the Kangaroos bowled brilliantly in the first innings and Tigers managed to score only 260 runs. But Bangladesh were not far behind as they picked up three wickets of Australia before the end of the first day’s play.

Bangladesh’s skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim won the toss at the beginning and elected to bat first. The decision of Mushfiq was proved wrong by his top order’s batsmen as they struggled to face Aussie pacers who used the early morning swing from the pitch brilliantly.

The first hour of the first session was dominated by Australia. Pat Cummins got the ball buzzing around, scything through the top order. Soumya Sarkar, Imrul Kayes and Sabbir Rahman were dismissed within 4 overs and Cummins took all three wickets.

Then two men – Shakib and Tamim – playing in their 50th Test survived a testing burst before bringing out a fine counter-attack to rescue Bangladesh from that position, with an unbroken 86-run stand till the lunch.

Shakib and Tamim kept on playing brilliantly after Lunch. Meanwhile Shakib reached to his 22nd Test fifty in the 5th ball after the lunch. Tamim who played patiently from the beginning shifted the gear after lunch. He hit one 6 and one 4 in two consecutive deliveries of Lyon and he reached to his half-century during the 40th over.

Both the masterclass batsmen added 155 runs in the 4th wicket stand and then Tamim was dismissed by a gentle off-spin from Glenn Maxwell. He was on 71 runs at that moment. It was a big breakthrough for the Kangaroos.

Shakib didn’t wait too long after Tamim’s dismissal as Nathan Lyon picked up his wicket in quick succession. Australia came back superbly before the Tea and Bangladesh went to Tea with 190 runs on the board with the loss of 5 wickets.

After the Tea break, Mushfiq started with great patience along with Nasir Hossain. But he didn’t understand a straight delivery from Ashton Agar and umpire didn’t think twice to give the LBW decision in favor of the bowler.

Although Mushfiq took the review but it was not helpful for him. After Mushfiq’s dismissal, Mehedi Hasan Miraz came to bat with Nasir Hossain. Both the batsmen faced hard times against the Aussie bowlers.

But they were playing with great confidence and there was a hope of 300 for the Tigers. But umpire Aleem Dar made a wrong decision and Mehedi Hasan Miraz had to go back to the dressing room.

Miraz’s dismissal opened the gate and Bangladesh lost last three wickets quickly. Nasir Hossain who has played Test after 2 years couldn’t shine properly and scored only 23 runs before getting dismissed.

At the end, Shafiul Islam played some sensational shots and Bangladesh managed to score 260 runs at the end of their 1st innings.

But, the match was not ended for the day and two Aussie openers David Warner and Renshaw came to bat after a break of 10 minutes. Bangladeshi spinners started to bowl brilliantly from the very beginning and Kangaroos really suffered to play freely.

Warner was given out by Aleem Dar off Miraz’s delivery but the decision was changed after review. But Warner couldn’t survive long as he was sent back to the pavilion in very next ball by Mehedi.

After Warner’s dismissal, Australia lost two more wickets in the end. Khawaja was run out and Shakib picked up the wicket of Nathan Lyon who came to bat as a nightwatchman. At the end of the day, Australia were on 18 runs for the loss of 3 wickets.

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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