Australia require 156 runs for victory in the first Test at Shere Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur while Bangladesh are in search of eight more wickets to seal a historic win.[নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ স্মিথ-ওয়ার্নারে টাইগারদের কপালে ভাঁজ]
Bangladesh were bowled out for 221 runs in their second innings. After Tamim Iqbal’s 78 and skipper Mushfiqur Rahim’s 41, Mehidy Hasan Miraz scored 26 off 35 balls with four fours. Nathan Lyon picked up his 10th five-wicket haul in Tests. He took six wickets for 82.
Australia were set a target of 265 runs to win. Openers David Warner and Matt Renshaw made a steady start. But soon Miraz brought the breakthrough for the Tigers as he trapped Renshaw lbw for 5. Usman Khawaja’s stay at the crease was too little in this innings as well. He top-edged a sweep shot against Shakib Al Hasan and got caught in the deep for 1.
Warner and Aussie captain Steve Smith gave chances to Bangladeshi fielders but those were not grabbed by the hosts. Warner was dropped by Soumya Sarkar at the first slip off Shakib while Imrul Kayes missed a difficult catch off Miraz to dismiss Smith, who also survived a stumping chance earlier.
Warner scored his 25th half-century in 64 balls. At the end of the day, he is unbeaten on 75 runs from 96 deliveries including 11 fours and a six. Smith has made 25* off 58 with a boundary. They have added 81* runs so far for the third-wicket.
Australia have finished third day with 109/2 in 30 overs. They need 156 runs more to go 1-0 up in the two-match series. Bangladesh would like to believe they still can take rest of the eight wickets on day four.
Bangladesh 260 and 221 (Tamim 78, Mushfiqur 41; Lyon 6/82)
Australia 217 and 109/2 in 30 overs (target 265) (Warner 75*, Smith 25*; Shakib 1/28, Miraz 1/51)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com