Australia beat Bangladesh by 7-wicket to level series

Dhaka, Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Australia beat Bangladesh by 7-wicket to level series

Poriborton Correspondent 6:21 pm, September 07, 2017

 Australia beat Bangladesh by 7-wicket to level series

Off-spinner Nathan Lyon was the hero as visiting Australia beat hosts Bangladesh by seven wickets in the second and final Test to level the series 1-1 held on Thursday at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Chasing a paltry winning target of 86 set by Bangladesh for victory on a deteriorating day four pitch, Australia lost their top three batsmen at 48 runs before Peter Handscomb and Glenn Maxwell steered the visitors at home in the final session.

Bowling sensation Mustafizur Rahman struck early on Bangladesh innings removing opener David Warner for 8 while Australian skipper Steven Smith (16) giving a back catch to Rahim off Taijul delivery. 

Shakib then dismissed another opener Matt Renshaw for 22, leaving Australia 48 for 3. Glenn Maxwell and Peter Handscom completed the formalities for Australia to remain unbeaten with 25 and 16 runs respectively. 

Earlier on the day, Bangladesh were allout for 157 in their second innings, setting Australia 86 to win to level the series.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored for the hosts with 31, while Nathan Lyon (6-60) was the pick of the Australian bowlers, claiming a career-best match haul of 13 wickets.

Nathan Lyon of Australia was named the player of the match while David Warner and Nathan Lyon were jointly given the player of the series awards. 

Earlier, the Tigers won their historic first test in Dhaka by 20 runs.

Brief score:

Bangladesh 1st innings - 305 for all, Mushfiqur Rahim 68, Sabbir 66, Nasir 45, Mominul 31, Shakib 24, Lyon 7/94 and Agar 2/52.

2nd innings- 157 for all, Mushfiqur 31, Mominul 29, Sabbir 24, Kayes 15, Tamim 12, Mehidy 14 n.o, Lyon 6/60, Pat Cummins 2/27 and O" Keefe 2/49.

Australia 1st innings - 377 for all, Warner 123, Handscomb 82, Smith 58, Maxwell 38, Agar 22, Mustafizur 4/84 and Mehidy 3/93. 2nd innings - 87 for 3, Maxwell 25 n.o, Renshaw 22, Handscomb 16 n.o, Smith 16, Mustafizur 1/16, Taijul 1/26 and Shakib 1/35.