Bangladesh lead swells despite Lyon strikes
DHAKA (Reuters) – Bangladesh suffered a middle-order collapse but their overall lead ballooned to 248 runs over Australia by tea on the third day of the first Test on Tuesday.
Off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed 4-75 and also effected a freak run out to remove home skipper Mushfiqur Rahim and keep the tourists in with a chance in a spin-dominated contest at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.
Bangladesh were 205 for eight at the interval, having lost five wickets while adding 72 runs during the post-lunch session.
Mehidy Hasan was batting on 17 at the break with Shafiul Islam on two.
Having lost nine of their first innings wickets to spin — the other, Usman Khawaja, was run out — Australia face a Herculean task of batting in the fourth innings on a worn-out track where some deliveries have been virtually unplayable.
Lyon dismissed nightwatchman Taijul Islam and Imrul Kayes cheaply after Bangladesh had resumed on 45-1 but Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur added 68 runs for the fourth wicket to stretch their lead.
Tamim celebrated his 50th test appearance by hitting his second fifty of the match, his fluent 78 including eight boundaries.
Khawaja bowled the first over after the lunch break — his first deliveries in international cricket — but it was Lyon, who dented Bangladesh after lunch.
Pat Cummins dismissed Tamim with a sharply-rising delivery before Lyon mowed down the middle order.
The off-spinner accounted for the wickets of Shakib Al Hasan and Sabbir Rahman, whose straight drive Lyon deflected onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end to get Mushfiqur run out for 41.
Australia’s Josh Hazlewood walked off the field with what appeared to be side strain but is unlikely to be missed much in the spin-dominated contest, having gone wicketless so far in the opening match of the two-Test series.