Monday 22 January 2018 / 05:39 AM


Nathan Lyon and David Warner led Australia’s fight-back on day three of the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka, carrying the tourists to 2/109 at stumps in pursuit of a winning target of 265.

After resuming on 1/45, Bangladesh were bowled out for 221 in their second dig – despite a stoic 78 from opener Tammim Iqbal, a handy 41 from skipper Mushfiqur Rahim, and lower-order contributions from Sabbir Rahman (22) and Mehidy Hasan Miraz (26).

Nathan Lyon dominated with the ball, taking 6/82 off 34.3 overs and coming up with the crucial run out of Mushfiqur.

Ashton Agar (2/55 off 20.5) and Pat Cummins (1/38 off 14) were Australia’s other wicket-takers.

The hosts’ total looked more than enough as Australia found themselves in early trouble, with Matt Renshaw (5) and Usman Khawaja (1) departing inside the first 10 overs to leave the visitors teetering at 2/28.

But captain Steve Smith (25 not out off 58 balls) held down one end while Warner played his natural game, finishing the day unbeaten on 75 off just 95 balls, plundering 11 fours and a six.

The only bad news to come out of day three for the Aussies was a side strain suffered by pace-man Josh Hazlewood, who has been ruled out of the rest of the current series and the upcoming ODI campaign against India. 

Steve O’Keefe has secured a shock recall, which puts the pressure on out-of-sorts Khawaja with Australia likely to want another seam option if O’Keefe replaces Hazlewood. All-round Hilton Cartwright is being tipped as a big chance to come in for Khawaja in the second Test. 

Meanwhile, West Indies pulled off a stunning five-wicket win over England in the second Test at Headingley after successfully chasing down the target of 322 in the last half-hour of day five.

The Stuart Law-coached Windies’ hero was 23-year-old Shai Hope, who finished unbeaten on 118 – just his second Test century.

The series-levelling result was a remarkable turnaround for the unfancied tourists following England’s first Test win by an innings and 209 runs.

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