Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:39 AM


After having the better of the opening day, Bangladesh have turned the screws on Australia on day two of the first Test in Dhaka.

The tourists resumed on 3/18 in reply to Bangladesh’s 260, and they suffered an early blow when Steve Smith (8) was bowled charging down the pitch by Mehidy Hasan Miraz.

Opener Matt Renshaw (45) and Peter Handscomb (33) steadied the ship with a 59-run stand, but the young duo departed within three overs of one another to leave Australia struggling at 6/117.

Matthew Wade (5) lasted just nine balls, while Glenn Maxwell’s (23) departure had the visitors staring down the barrel of a 100-run plus first-innings deficit.

But excellent rearguard showings from the recalled Ashton Agar (41 not out) and Pat Cummins (25) – with both facing more than 90 deliveries – rectified the situation somewhat during the second session, before veteran left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan mopped up the tail to finish with 5/68 off 25.5 overs.

Tamim Iqbal (30 not out) and Soumya Sarkar (15) made a bright start before the latter fell to Agar in the penultimate over the day, Bangladesh reaching 1/45 at stumps – a handy lead of 88 runs with nine wickets in hand.

Agar’s performance has been the highlight so far for the underperforming Australians, leading the way with the ball courtesy of four wickets and producing a vital, unbeaten knock coming in at No.9.

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