Australia 199/7 (57 overs)
Warner 112, Renshaw 5, Khawaja 1, Smith 37, Handscomb 15, Maxwell 14*, Wade 4, Agar 2, Cummins 2*
Miraz 1/65, Shakib 4/49, Taijul 2/48
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
After waiting for 11 long years, Bangladesh are finally playing a Test match against Australia where Kangaroos were on the driving seat in the beginning of 4th day’s play but Tigers have recently come back strongly into the match.
The match was controlled by Bangladesh till the 2nd day but Australia came back 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.
However, both the batsmen started the 4th day brilliantly too and Warner was aggressive from the very beginning. On the other hand, Smith didn’t try to take any risk. Meanwhile, he quickly picked up his Test hundred.
Bangladeshi bowlers were trying hard to break this partnership and they became successful during the 5th ball of the 42nd over. Shakib bowled a straight one to Warner and it hit his pads.
Umpire Aleem Dar gave the decision in favor of the bowler and Aussie Vice Captain immediately took the review although it was not helpful for him.
After Warner’s dismissal, Bangladeshi bowlers were bowling brilliantly and they got the wicket of Aussie Skipper in a quick succession. It was the superstar Shakib again and it was bowled outside off stumps.
Smith ventured a cut but only managed to feather it behind. The Ultra Edge detected the spike. Mushfiqur merrily snapped it up and it was a fine grab. The match is still on Australia’s side and Bangladeshi bowlers need to perform brilliantly to get the control back.
Bangladesh were roaring at that time to get the wickets of two most experienced batsmen of Australia. Then, Taijul Islam joined the party as he took the wicket of Handscomb in the 2nd ball of the 48th over.
It was a stunned from the left-arm spinner and Soumya took a reflex-action catch right out of the top drawer. This wasn’t all that short, Handscomb made the cardinal sin of looking to cut that, only managed a thick edge that was absolutely flying. It was the 50th Test wicket for Taijul.
Suddenly, the situation of the match was changed completely. Bangladesh came back strongly in the match and magical Shakib strike again in the 4th delivery of the 52nd over.
It was Mathew Wade who had been trapped in front. He challenged the on-field out decision – though this looked plumb. It was pretty full and skidded in on middle from over the wicket.
A crease-bound Wade was beaten on the inside edge, having played around his front pad. The tracker suggested it would have gone onto crash into leg stump. Finally, Aleem Dar started to give good decisions.
After Wade’s departure, Agar came to bat in the middle but he failed to put on a similar performance like the first innings as Taijul Islam dismissed him with a simple off-spinning delivery in the last ball of the 55th over.
The delivery was tossed up nicely just outside off, the ball stopped on the batsman, who checked his drive and simply offered up a return catch with about 10 minutes to go for lunch.
Currently, the lunch has been taken and don’t keep yourself away from this match as it will treat you with more excitement in the next session.
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.
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