Bangladesh started third day with 45 runs for one wicket. Tamim Iqbal started off with two boundaries off Pat Cummins in the first over of the day. Taijul Islam, the nightwatchman who came to bat last night after Soumya Sarkar’s dismissal, could not stay longer as he was trapped lbw for 4 by Nathan Lyon.
Imrul Kayes was struggling against the Aussie bowlers. An extra bounce got him caught in the slip cordon off Lyon. He was dismissed for two runs only.
Australians appealed a number of times against Mushfiqur Rahim as soon as he entered into the crease. But the Bangladeshi skipper kept the scoreboard ticking with opener Tamim, who reached his 24th half-century in 109 balls. The left-hander scored 71 in the first innings. It is the sixth time in his career, Tamim has registered fifties in both innings of a Test match.
The Tamim-Mushfiqur partnership reached 50 runs before the lunch interval. The runs came at ease in the last half and hour as the crowd were up to their feet.
Bangladesh scored 88 runs for two wickets in 26 overs in the morning session. They are 133/3 at lunch, leading by 176 runs. Tamim is unbeaten on 150-ball 76 with eight boundaries. Mushfiqur made 25* off 57 with a four and a six. The partnership is on 66* runs.
Bangladesh 260 & 133/3* in 50 overs (Tamim 76*, Mushfiqur 25*; Lyon 2/38)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com