Tigers fight back as Australia scores 377 for 9 on day 3 in 2nd Test
Poriborton Correspondent 5:02 pm, September 06, 2017
David Warner completed a sublime hundred - his slowest in Test cricket but one of his finest as Birthday boy Mustafizur and Mehidy's brilliant bowling display in the last session saw Tiger's stage fight back on the third day as visitors scored 377 for 9 at stumps on Wednesday. This allowed Australia to take 72-run first innings lead in the second and final Test against Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
Earlier incessant drizzle washed out the entire opening session on the third day of the second Test kept Australia waiting as they were about to resume at overnight total of 225 for 2 on a very strong position.
Riding on a impressive ton from David Warner - his second in a row - the visitors kept Bangladesh waiting on the field for long, before the Tiger bowlers struck back with the wicket of the centurion and other players to restore some balance.
Just before the tea, Hilton Cartwright was sent back as well, as Australia ended the session on 321 for 5, leading by 16 runs with Glenn Maxwell batting on 25.
Excruciating 46 degree heat and overwhelming humidity could not suppress the big hitting opener from celebrating back-to-back centuries in a series. His (123 off 234 balls) studded with seven delightful boundaries before Mustafizur sent back the opener in the pavilion.
David Warner's 20th career ton was by far his slowest in Test cricket, as he used 209 balls and put his usual array of big shots away to find the boundary just five times.
There can be nothing but admiration for the courage shown by batting partner Peter Handscomb (82), who lost 4.5kg battling through extreme heat stroke to frustrate host bowlers and left the prospect of a handsome lead for Australia.
Handscomb committed hara-kiri as he got himself run out trying to get a quick single for Warner who was on 99. He genuinely deserved a ton of his own to cement his place alongside Dean Jones in cricket folklore. After that HWR Cartwright went back to the pavilion scoring 18 off 28 balls.
Mehidy picked up the important wicket of Cartwright after tea. In the last session of the third day cutter master Mustafizur picked up his third wicket removing Matthew for 8. Glenn Maxwell (38) looked set on the pitch but Mehedi Hasan accounted the wicket of Maxwell and took
his third wicket of Pat Cummins (4), leaving Australia 364 for 8. World's leading all rounder Shakib Al Hasan finally got his name among the wicket takers as he accounted for the dismissal of Aston Agar who was shaping well with 22.
O' Kefee and Nathan Lyon were on the crease with 8 and 0 as the stumps were drawn for the day.
The fourth day tomorrow looks to be a promising one if Australia can extend their first innings lead or if Bangladesh can quickly dismissed the last Australian pair without much fuss, than there will be a chance to witness a great battle between Bangladesh batters and Australian bowlers.
Tomorrow the match will start will start half and hour early that is 9.30 bst to make-up the lost time this morning. This is provided rain does not intervene tomorrow as the day’s forecast remains cloudy and scattered thunder storms.
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