Bangladesh have changed the game completely in the first session of the fourth day of the first Test against Australia in Dhaka as they have struck five times to get closer to victory. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ পেন্ডুলামের মতো দুলছে ঢাকা টেস্ট]
Australia started the day with 109/2 in 30 overs with captain Steve Smith and deputy David Warner at the crease. They extended the third-wicket partnership to 130 runs as the visitors were hoping for a win.
Warner smashed his 19th Test century off 121 balls, his second ton in Asia. He didn’t trouble the Bangladeshi bowlers much after getting his hundred as he was given lbw against Shakib Al Hasan which eventually broke the stand. Warner made 135-ball 112 runs hitting 16 fours and a six.
The Australian collapse started soon. Smith was caught behind to Shakib, trying to cut on 37. Taijul Islam joined the party with the wicket of Peter Handscomb (15). It was his 50th Test scalp.
Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar fell to Shakib and Taijul just before lunch and the game is all set for a thriller.
Australia went to lunch on 199/7 in 57 overs, needing 66 runs to win. Bangladesh are aiming at three more wickets. Shakib has picked four wickets so far in this innings. He needs one more wicket for his fifer in the innings which will also complete his ten wickets in the match, for the second time in his career.
Bangladesh 260 and 221
Australia 221 and 199/7 (target 265) (Warner 112, Smith 37; Shakib 4/68, Taijul 2/49)
Australia require 66 runs. Bangladesh need three wickets.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com