Australian speedster Pat Cummins, feels that his side is in a great position and is confident of his team’s chances in the ongoing Test against Bangladesh.
“Yeah I think it is a great position,” Cummins said.“I think the pitch seems to have mellowed out a little bit compared to day one. I mean, I think keeping our target to 260 (265) really kept us in the game and to finish off tonight like we did, if we have a good first hour tomorrow it should really set the game up. So I think we’re in a great position.”
Bangladesh started the day’s proceedings with a lead of 83 runs. Tamim Iqbal piled up an impressive 78 in a tough wicket and captain Mushfiqur Rahim played a hard fought innings of 41 runs. But other batsmen failed to step up and Bangladesh ended up scoring 221 runs in their 2nd innings, setting up a target of 265 runs for the Aussies to clinch the Test match. Nathan Lyon was the star bowler for Australia, picking up a six-wicket haul.
But chasing 265 in a deteriorating Mirpur wicket seemed a task too difficult for the Australian batting line up, who are quite prone to spinning tracks. Accordingly Australia were reduced to 28 for 2 and seemed like were heading towards a batting collapse. But after that initial stutter, David Warner and captain Steve Smith put together a defiant and undefeated partnership of 81 runs. Australia ended the day at 109 for 2 and are 156 runs away from winning the match.
Cummins feels that if this partnership can blossom a bit more and if the Aussies have a good morning session, the match will turn in favor of Australia.
“As I said, that last hour or so should give us a lot of confidence, I am certainly really confident. Smithy and Dave look like they had really good game plans out there and they were in control. So that is really promising and it is only 150 runs or so away, so a good couple of hours in the morning and hopefully we get pretty close,” added the 24-year old pacer.