Warner, Handscomb put Australia in control of Chittagong Test

Beth Cruz
September 7, 2017

Warner put in all he had to churn out a gritty hundred in the second innings to take Australia agonisingly close to their target in a Test which they lost by a mere 20 runs.

Bangladesh let Warner survive twice - on 52 and 73.

The 26-year-old would battle on however, and bravely fought to 69 not out from 113 balls at stumps. He survived a video review taken by Bangladesh but the ultra edge detected an inside-edge.

Warner showed remarkable patience during his uncharacteristically sedate 123 that came off 234 balls.

Lyon backed the performance of wicketkeeper Matthew Wade, who had faced being dropped after the first Test, which Bangladesh won by 20 runs.

Renshaw was out in the dismissed in the four overs before lunch, chasing a leg-side delivery from Mustafizur Rahman (1-30) and giving Mushfiqur Rahim a diving catch behind the stumps.

Lyon took the new ball and made an immediate impact, trapping Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Soumyar Sarkar and Mominul Haque leg before.

Taijul Islam, the left-arm spinner, bowled Steven Smith for 58 to restrict Australia's progress on day two of the second and final Test in Chittagong on Tuesday (September 5). Hasn't done as much as the first Test. But that's not our choice. If that's what Bangladesh want to do, that's well within their rights.

At one stage on day two, he went 74 balls without finding the fence but, far from being tied down by the hosts' spinners, he and Peter Handscomb pushed themselves to the point of exhaustion by scampering between the wickets to score at almost four runs per over during the final session.

"Really gutsy. Obviously it was very hot out there, we saw that yesterday". "Changing his variations and growing and growing as a bowler".

"He's become a leader of our pack in these conditions". Prior to the second Test, Mushfiqur Rahim was keen to send across a message that Bangladesh will go for the kill and won't compromise on that by adopting a defensive approach.

Steve O'Keefe (8*) and Nathan Lyon (0*) reached stumps with Australia on 377/9 leading by 72 runs but with the pitch becoming increasingly hard to bat on, you would fancy that the Tigers will be happier with the state of the match. In chanceless innings, lasting for 166 balls, Rahim hit five boundaries.

Nasir Hossain (45) was the another notable contributor for the hosts.

Spinner Nathan Lyon wrapped up the innings when he removed Taijul to finish with figures of seven for 94.

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