After the second day of the second and final test match between Bangladesh and Australia, Aussies are in the driving position of the match. Wrapping up Bangladesh within 305 runs, Aussies have made a great start in their first innings.
Though MT Renshaw was sent back to pavilion at the very beginning of the innings at the score of 4 by Mustafizur Rahman, they didn’t have to look back anymore afterwards. After the dismissal of Renshaw, Captain Smith and Warner took the wheel.
The pitch that was seen in the first day, seemed to be in a changed condition afterwards. The hero of the first innings was Nathan Lyon who stopped Bangladesh from having a good total by his spin magic. But Bangladeshi spinners didn’t seem to be having those advantages.
Shakib, Miraz and Taijul tried hard but at the end of the day the wicket number was fixed on 2 only. Aussie batsmen seemed to be very comfortable with the bat.
Captain Smith was aggressive from the beginning and had a good score. He along with Warner contributed a total of 93 runs partnership together which lessened the confidence level of Bangladeshi bowlers.
Though Smith was taken by Taijul, Warner didn’t stop. Although, Bangladesh had the chance to take the wicket of David Warner twice, they failed due to catch dropping or we can say miss fielding.
Mominul couldn’t grab the ball at the run of 52 of Warner and thus he got a life. Not only that at the run of 73 Mushfiqur did the same and saved the life of Warner again. Thus Warner is now in personal 88 runs in 170 balls, not out.
He is a very dangerous batsman and even in the last match he had a century. He became very patient in this innings which is a bit opposite to his character. He was accompanied by Handscomb. Together they had a total 127 runs partnership which is probably going to be the basement of a huge total for the visitors.
Handscomb also had a half century and continuing at his personal 69 runs in 113 balls. The weather of Chittagong has become an enemy of Australian batsmen. They were in a sever discomfort under autumn heat in Bangladesh.
The pitch condition also changed and has become tough to predict. So Aussies have to keep patience in order to have a good figure as so far they are having advantages against spin attack.
The moral of Bangladeshi bowlers should not be deteriorated as Bangladesh team has developed much mentally in last few years; now they are capable of playing in a pressurized situation.
On the other hand, weather condition is also favorable for the bowlers as they are playing in the home ground. But spin favoring pitch just didn’t give any favor. The main enemy of the third day can be miss fielding.
Firstly they managed less number of wickets than expected, secondly they are now giving too much runs to the batsmen. To hold the wheel of tomorrow, they must keep patience and be more concentrated in fielding. Their objective has to be to take early wickets in early hours.
Still Australia is 80 runs away from the first innings of Bangladesh. If Bangladesh can manage to pick up 3 or 4 wickets early in the morning within 80 runs, the lead is expected to be fixed within a limit.
If early wickets can be picked up, within afternoon session Australia is expected to be all out. And then in the next session Bangladesh is to play patient innings and the further plan will be according to the condition.
So to take the wheel Bangladesh’s toughest job is to pick up early wickets of two set batsmen and some more. Secondly they have to stop the lead within 150 runs. If possible and if luck is beside them, some extra ordinary bowling can make the job easy.
So, the key to day 3 for the Tigers is to have patience and elongate the second innings till next day having a good score with 200 or more runs lead. And on the other side of the coin, the key to success is nothing but to have patience in bowling, fielding and picking up early wickets to stop the innings earlier. But, we will have to wait till tomorrow to see who and what is going to be the savior!
— Abu Sayem Dosar