Tuesday 26 September 2017 / 10:00 AM

LYON CONFIRMS G.O.A.T. STATUS AS AUSTRALIA CLAIMS SECOND TEST

Another stellar spin-bowling exhibition from Nathan Lyon has spearheaded a series-levelling seven-wicket win for Australia in Chittagong.

Lyon’s 6/60 – following on from a seven-for in the first innings to finish with career-best match figures – saw Bangladesh crumble to 157 all out in their second dig, and the tourists hunted down the target of 86 with more than a day to spare.

Australia failed to add to their overnight score, all out for 377 after Lyon fell in the second over of the day. But the mercurial off-spinner had Bangladesh in all sorts after Pat Cummins removed Soumya Sarkar for 8.

Matthew Wade stumped Tamim Iqbal (12) off Lyon’s bowling, before Lyon had Imrul Kayes (15) and Shakib Al Hasan (5) out in quick succession to reduce the hosts to 4/39.

Steve O’Keefe chipped in soon afterwards with the wicket of Nasir Hossain (5). Mushfiqur Rahim (31), Sabbir Rahman (24) and Mominul Haque (29) offered some middle-order resistance, but Cummins had Mushfiqur caught-behind before Wade grabbed his third stumping of the match – and his second at Sabbir’s expense – courtesy of Lyon.

Lyon and O’Keefe wasted little time mopping up the tail.

There were a few nervous moments as Australia stared down their modest target: first innings hero David Warner (8) fell in the fifth over, while Steve Smith (16) and Matt Renshaw (22) departed in the space of 10 deliveries to leave the visitors at 3/48.

But Peter Handscomb (16 not out off 14 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (25 not out off 17) got the job in swashbuckling fashion, with Maxwell smashing a four and a six to end the match.

Man-of-the-match Lyon took most of the plaudits and a plethora of impressive records away from Chittagong:

  • Lyon became just the second bowler after Ian Botham to take 13 wickets in a Test in Asia.
  • He became the highest wicket-taker of 2017 (45), edging past Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja.
  • He is only the second Australian off-spinner to nab two 10-wicket hauls in Tests.
  • Lyon’s 22 wickets is an Australian record for a two-Test series – and just one behind Rangana Herath’s world record.
  • Earlier in the Test Lyon moved past Jason Gillespie into seventh on Australia’s all-time Test wicket-takers list; he now has 269 scalps in 69 matches, and jumped four places to 36th in Test history.

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