Australia has managed to recapture lost ground against Bangladesh thanks to an unbeaten half-century by David Warner and an amazing bowling display by Nathan Lyon who earlier claimed 6 for 82 runs.
Australia is now steady thanks to Warner as it chases a challenging victory target in the first Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday. Warner remained unbeaten on 75 as the visitors advanced to 109-2 at stumps on the third day, still needing another 156 for victory.
Bangladesh looked confident when spinner Mehedi Hasan trapped Matt Renshaw leg-before for five and Usman Khawaja hoisted a catch to Taijul Islam at square leg off Shakib al Hasan in the next over.
Australia looked worried at 28-2 as it nearly lost another wicket when skipper Steve Smith appeared to have been stumped off Mehedi and walked. But he was called back after replays showed his feet had dragged slightly behind the crease as wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim broke the stumps. Smith was dropped again by Imrul Kayes off Mehedi on three. He went on to score 25 not out and put on an undefeated 81 with Warner for the third wicket.
Warner faced 96 balls and hit 11 fours and a six. Earlier, Lyon took full advantage of a spinning track at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to halt Bangladesh’s progress. Tamim led the charge with his 155-ball innings but his dismissal off Cummins for 78 triggered a collapse. The left-hander fell to a short ball that whistled past him. Umpire Aleem Dar turned down a muted appeal from the bowler but Smith decided to review. Replays suggested the ball had brushed Tamim’s gloves, ending a fine innings which included eight fours to follow his 71 in the first innings.
Bangladesh, ranked a lowly ninth in Tests, are seeking their first-ever win over fourth-placed Australia in what is only the fifth Test meeting between the two teams.