Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:37 AM


Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim and all-rounder Sabbir Rahman have seen the home side through to a handy position at stumps on day one of the second Test, after an early masterclass from Nathan Lyon had put Australia in firm control.

Bangladesh reached 6/253 in Chittagong, while Lyon ended the day with stellar figures of 5/77 off 28 overs.

The veteran trapped Tamim Iqbal (9), Imrul Kayes (4), Soumya Sarkar (33) and Mominul Haque (31) lbw to reduce Bangladesh to 4/85 in a devastating display of off-spin bowling – and a unique feat in the history of Test cricket, with no bowler previously dismissing the first four batsmen in an innings leg-before.

Australia look set to dismiss the hosts for a sub-200 score when Ahston Agar had first-Test hero Shakib Al Hasan out caught-behind for 24, but Mushfiqur and Sabbir steadied the ship with a superb, patient 105-run stand.

The more aggressive Sabbir was stumped brilliantly by Matthew Wade for 66 to complete Lyon’s five-for, but No.8 Nasir Hossain was solid in holding down one end for the rest of the day.

Mushfiqur (62*) and Nasir (19*) will resume on Tuesday, with Australia’s three-pronged spin attack of Lyon, Agar and O’Keefe desperate to mop up the tail quickly.

Recalled seam-bowling all-round Hilton Cartwright bowled just five overs, while under-pressure Glenn Maxwell – who also dropped a sitter off Pat Cummins’ bowling at the start of the day – was called upon to bowl only three.

Meanwhile, Lyon became the first Australian bowler since Glenn McGrath in 2001 to claim five-wicket bags in three consecutive Tests.

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