Tuesday 26 September 2017 / 10:11 AM

AUSSIES ON THE ROPES AGAINST BANGLADESH

Bangladesh has made a rousing start to its home Test series against Australia, reducing the tourists to 3/18 at stumps on day one after recovering from their own early collapse to reach 260.

Pat Cummins tore through the Bangladesh top order with three wickets in his first two overs to have the hosts reeling at 3/10 in Dhaka.

But an outstanding 155-run partnership from Tamim Iqbal (71) and Shakib Al Hasan (84) turned the tables on the Aussies.

Glenn Mazwell belatedly struck to remove Tamin and Nathan Lyon took Shakib’s wicket, while Ashton Agar – who, like Maxwell, took his first Test wicket in more than four years – had skipper Mushfiqur Rahim for 18 to leave Bangladesh at 6/198.

But a pesky 42-run stand from Mehidy Hasn Miraz (18) and Nasir Hossain (23) frustrated the visitors before they wrested the momentum to mop up the tale, Lyon and Agar both finishing with three wickets.

Lyon moved past Richie Benaud on Australia’s all-time Test wicket-takers list and became just the second Aussie spinner after Shane Warne to take 250 Test scalps; Lyon now sits eighth on the list, only nine wickets short of Jason Gillespie.

Openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw made a cautious start, before Warner was trapped lbw by Mehidy for 8 in the sixth over.

Inexplicably, Usman Khawaja (1) ran himself out just four balls later, taking a crazy run and coming undone through the work of keeper Mushfiqur and Soumya Sarkar.

Nightwatchman Lyon lasted just five balls before falling lbw to Shakib, leaving Renshaw (6*) and Steve Smith (3*) to see off the remaining two overs of the opening day’s play.

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