After the end of day 3 of the second and last Test between Australia and Bangladesh, the game has quite turned to Australia’s way courtesy of David Warner and Peter Handscomb’s 152 run third wicket partnership.
Australia in reply, lost their first wicket just for 5 runs when skipper Mushfiqur Rahim took absolutely a stunner and removed Matt Renshaw. Bangladesh looked in good stage after getting the wicket of Steven Smith but Warner & Handscomb shifted the gear and took Australia to a demanding position.
Australia ended the second day with 225 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets and added another 152 runs in the rain affected third day of the match.
Warner was unbeaten for 88 runs at stumps of the second day and completed his century in the third day. He finished at 123 runs.
Meanwhile Handscomb looked solid on the other end and finished the day with 69 runs, added 13 more in the third day before being run out scoring 82 runs.
The pitch which was expected to have some turn on day 2 has behaved the opposite as it looked like it’s getting more flat and have no turn or movement what so ever. Ball was coming to the bat quite nicely and the Aussie batsmen had no difficulties to bat on day 2.
If we look back to the first day of this Test match, Bangladeshi batsmen has all themselves to blame.
Despite of Lyon’s heroic effort with the bowl, the pitch had nothing to offer and if batsmen could have bide some time at the crease then runs would have easily come. Poor shot selections and little mistakes resulted costly for Bangladesh and 305 runs can never be enough to take lead in this kind of condition.
As the match is progressing, Australia are on their way to take a significant lead and keep Bangladesh in all sorts of pressure. With the pitch getting flatter & flatter, the tigers should prepare themselves to score big in the 2nd innings and turn the game around.
– Saif Ahmed Chowdhury