Australia have won the second Test by seven wickets against Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. The two-match Test series has been drawn 1-1.
Australia posted 377 in their first innings in reply to Bangladesh’s 305. Bangladesh top-order collapsed in the fourth morning. They were bowled out for 157 runs in 71.2 overs in the second innings. Nathan Lyon took his third consecutive six-wicket haul, only the ninth to do so.
After being 154/8 at tea, Bangladesh managed to add only three runs. Mehidy Hasan Miraz stayed unbeaten on 14. Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim was the top-scorer with 31 while Mominul Haque made 29 at number eight.
Bangladesh had the lead of just 85 runs and Australia required 86 to win and level the series. The visitors were in a hurry to finish the game. They reached their target in 15.3 overs with losing three wickets only.
Glenn Maxwell played a quickfire knock of 17-ball 25*. He finished the game in style, hitting Nasir Hossain for a four at point and a six over mid-wicket. Mustafizur Rahman, Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul Islam took one wicket each. Miraz hurt his finger while batting. So he didn’t take field in the fourth innings of the match.
Australia won by seven wickets with a day to spare. It’s their third win in Asia in ten years. The visitors have levelled the series 1-1. This is the fourth time Bangladesh have drawn a two-Test series 1-1. Previously, they got the same result against Zimbabwe (2013, away), England (2016, home) and Sri Lanka (2017, away).
Bangladesh 305 and 157 (Mushfiqur 31, Mominul 29; Lyon 6/60, Cummins 2/27)
Australia 377 and 87/3 in 15.3 overs (Maxwell 25*, Renshaw 22; Mustafizur 1/16, Taijul 1/26)
Australia win by seven wickets
Man of the Match: Nathan Lyon (7/94 and 6/60)
Men of the Series: Nathan Lyon (13 wickets) and David Warner (251 runs)
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com