Warner-Handscomb fifties put Bangladesh under pressure
Australia are in the driving seat in the Chittagong Test as they are trailing by just 80 runs in the first innings of the second Test. Bangladesh will have to a lot of work to get back into the game.
Australia kept on moving along the flow in the third session despite losing Steve Smith before tea break. David Warner was joined by Peter Handscomb and the toil continued on for the Bangladeshi bowlers.
Warner reached his half-century in 98 balls, his fourth slowest in Tests. Handscomb also brought up his fifty off 74 deliveries. The partnership also crossed 100 runs.
Warner got two lives in the session. He was dropped by Mominul Haque at short leg. He also survived a stumping chance off Mehidy Hasan Miraz. Who knows, those missed chances might cost Bangladesh hugely.
Warner remained unbeaten on 88 runs off 170 deliveries hitting fours boundaries. He is eyeing for his second consecutive hundred in Asia. Handscomb struggled a lot to survive in the heat at the stroke of play, but he managed to stay not out on 113-ball 69 runs with five fours.
The Tigers went wicketless in this session as 114 runs were scored. The Warner-Handscomb partnership is on 127*.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 305 runs in the first innings earlier in the day. Australians enjoyed the flat Chittagong surface when they came out to bat. The visitors trail by just 80 runs with eight wickets remaining.
Bangladesh 305 allout (Mushfiqur 68, Sabbir 66, Nasir 45; Lyon 7/94)
Australia 225/2 in 64 overs (Warner 88*, Handscomb 69*; Mustafizur 1/45, Taijul 1/50), trail by 80 runs
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com