Australia 109/2 (30 overs)
Warner 75*, Renshaw 5, Khawaja 1, Smith 28*
Miraz 1/51, Shakib 1/28
Bangladesh 221/10 (79.3 overs)
Tamim 78, Soumya 15, Taijul 4, Imrul 2, Mushfiq 41, Shakib 10, Sabbir 22, Nasir 0, Miraz 26, Shafiul 9, Mustafiz 0*
Lyon 6/82, Agar 2/55, Cummins 1/38
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 5
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
Australia require another 156 runs with 8 wickets remaining
After waiting for 11 long years, Bangladesh are finally playing a Test match against Australia. The match was controlled by Bangladesh till the 2nd day but Australia came strongly in the 3rd day.
Bangladesh scored 221 runs in their 2nd innings and set a target of 265 runs ahead of the Kangaroos. They had a tough start as they lost the wickets of Renshaw and Khawaja at a very early stage of their second innings but Warner along with Smith guided them to a safer place.
They made a brilliant partnership of 81 runs in the 3rd wicket partnership and played majestically. Smith was rock solid at one end while Warner played aggressively throughout his knock of 75 runs.
But their massive partnership was helped by the Bangladeshi fielders too as they missed two solid chances to get them out of the field. Soumya missed an easy catch of Warner in the slip and Imrul couldn’t grab the catch of Smith in short-leg.
Meanwhile, after a challenging first innings total of 260 runs from Bangladesh, Australia managed to put 217 runs on the board in their first innings and Bangladesh scored 45 runs with the loss of Soumya’s wicket before the end of the 2nd day’s play.
Tamim Iqbal came to bat in the 3rd day along with nightwatchman, Taijul Islam with a lead of 88 runs in their hands. Tamim started with 3 boundaries in first 2 over from Cummins but Taijul’s dismissal in the 4th over of the day decreased the scoring rate.
Aussie off-spinner, Nathan Lyon bowled a straight delivery and Taijul couldn’t understand that. It hit his pads and umpire didn’t wait to long to give the decision in favor of the bowler.
Imrul joined Tamim in middle after that and team was expecting a brilliant knock from him but he wasn’t successful. He failed again but he didn’t do any such mistake as Lyon’s delivery bounced a lot and it was unplayable. It edged his bat and David Warner took a simple catch from the 2nd slip.
After Imrul’s departure, Bangladesh’s skipper, Mushfiqur Rahim joined Tamim in middle and both the batsmen started to play sensibly. They were brilliant in judging the balls. Tamim meanwhile scored his 24th Test fifty and remained unbeaten till the lunch break along with Mushfiq.
Two of the most senior cricketer in Bangladesh came back after Lunch and they started the 2nd session on high. But Australia came back into the game with Tamim’s wicket in the 2nd over after the lunch.
Tamim jabbed at the first ball off Cummins before belatedly dropping his hands and swaying his upper body away. It was a good overhead catch from Wade – he just rose with the ball, which had brushed the glove of Tamim.
After Tamim’s departure, Bangladesh fell into danger and the situation became worse when Shakib had been dismissed after just scoring 10 runs. Shakib came infront to play a delivery from Nathan Lyon and it went up in the air. Pat Cummins took a brilliant catch and Bangladesh lost their 5th wicket.
Then, Sabbir Rahman joined Mushfiqur in the middle and they made a valuable partnership of 43 runs in the 6th wicket partnership but they were dismissed in a very crucial stage.
Mushfiq was dismissed first and then Nasir came into bat. Mushfiq’s departure was a huge blow for Bangladesh and they couldn’t get over that. Nasir who came after him followed his way and Sabbir too.
Bangladesh lost those three wickets in a quick succession and they fell into big trouble at that moment. Later on, Miraz came to bat and played some aggressive shots which helped to increase the lead. Miraz then went to Tea along with Shafiul Islam without any further losses.
Shafiul was dismissed quickly after the Tea break and then Miraz fought alone till the 80th over. He had no other option without hitting every delivery and he tries to do the same.
At the end, Miraz was dismissed off Lyon’s delivery but he scored vital 26 runs before that to set a target of 265 runs.
However, Australia are on the driving seat at this stage of the match and they will come to play in the 4th day with huge confidence. On the other hand, Bangladeshi bowlers will need to show a magnificent performance to win this match.
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 Mehedi 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.